The branch meets four times a year in central London and anyone with an interest in Welsh family history is very welcome to attend. The branch charges no membership fee but we ask for a £3 donation at each meeting to cover expenses.
Further details can be obtained from the Secretary, Anne Jones:
Saturday, 16th January 2016 at 2pm
AGM followed by Members' Ancestors/Relatives in WW1
An opportunity for members to share photos and stories of their ancestors' and relatives' lives during WW1, and any research experiences.
Saturday, 17th September 2016 at 2pm
Odd and totally unconnected facts in my family history research
with LBWFHS branch member Katherine Hocking.
Treasures found at County Record Offices and the National Library of Wales - not found online
Online genealogical resources are invaluable, but take us only so far. Branch members describe other sources which have enabled them to extend their family history.
Saturday, 12th November 2016 at 2pm
Welsh Newspapers Online
with Beryl Evans Research Services Manager at the National Library of Wales.
Old newspapers provide a rich resource for the family historian; the first published in Wales was The Cambrian in 1804 in Swansea, soon followed by others throughout Wales.
The Library has digitised over one million pages of out-of-copyright newspapers published in Wales up to 1911, which are available to search and view online, free of charge.
Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 2 pm
City Mission - The Story of London's Welsh Chapels
with broadcaster Huw Edwards
Huw Edwards talks about the research behind his new book, which “sheds new light on the story of one of London’s first ethnic minorities, the Welsh”.
Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 2pm
Sir Thomas Picton: Researching His Early Life and Military Career
with LBWFHS branch member Brian Swann
2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the death on the battlefield at Waterloo of Sir Thomas Picton, one of Wellington's most controversial generals, whom he described as "a rough foul-mouthed devil". Brian has researched a variety of document sources, particularly military records, to examine the influence of Picton's early life on his later military career.
Saturday, 8th November 2014 at 2pm
Mariners sailing from the Port of Swansea in the 1800's
with Bryan Richards of the Swansea mariners website
Saturday, 20th September 2014 at 2pm
Marriage in Wales in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: legal, clandestine or informal ?
with LBWFHS branch member Anna Brueton.
Anna Brueton's Ph.D. research concerned courtship, marriage and illegitimacy in West Wales.
In this talk she considers whether the widespread belief that 'Marriage ceremonies ... were frequently informal, clandestine or irregular' has any basis, using her own work and recent research into marriage in England.