Parish registers of Wales to go online for first time
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FINDMYPAST.CO.UKTO PUBLISH THE PARISH REGISTERS OF WALES FOR THE FIRST TIME * 8,000,000 records to be indexed in two years * Records date back to the 16th century Family history websitewww.findmypast.co.ukis making available online for the very first time fully searchable indexes and images of the parish registers of Wales. The project is taking place with the permission of the Church in Wales and Welsh Archive Services andfindmypast.co.ukis working with FamilySearch International, the world's largest repository of genealogical records, to digitise the records. Around 893,000 images containing 8,000,000 baptisms, marriages and burials from across Wales will be filmed by FamilySearch and transcribed byfindmypast.co.uk. Some of the records date back to the sixteenth century, making it possible to find Welsh ancestors as far back as the 1500s. The records contain entries in English and Latin. The records will be made available over the next two years atfindmypast.co.ukwith an index search available on FamilySearch.org. Free access to the images onfindmypast.co.ukwill be made available through all Archive Services in Wales*. Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager atfindmypast.co.uk, said: "It is fantastic that we will be able to make these records available to search online for the very first time. By making these records available family history researchers, old and new, can discover more about their ancestors and where they lived. We are looking forward to working with Welsh Archive Services and FamilySearch on such an important project for Welsh ancestry research." David Rencher, FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, added "Genealogical research in Wales has been very difficult for years and the opening of this amount of data for baptisms, marriages and burials will be a tremendous resource for those with Welsh ancestry. We commend all of those who have worked so diligently to make this happen and in such a dramatic fashion." Catherine Richards, the County Archivist at Powys and Chair of the Welsh County Archivists' Group commented: "We are very excited to work withfindmypast.co.ukand FamilySearch to make our parish registers available online. Making our records accessible to as wide an audience as possible is one of the main objectives of Archive Services across Wales. Records of baptisms, marriages and burials are a major resource for family historians and can reveal fascinating and surprising secrets back through the generations." Findmypast.co.ukwas the first company in the world to put the complete Birth, Marriage and Death indexes (BMDs) for England and Wales online in April 2003. Previously these were only available offline on microfiche or in registry books, at a selected number of locations. This landmark achievement was recognised in 2007, whenfindmypast.co.ukwon the Queen's Award for Innovation. For more information log on towww.findmypast.co.uk
---- Aboutfindmypast.co.uk Leading UK family history websitefindmypast.co.uk(formerly1837online.com) was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003. Following the transcription, scanning and indexing of over two million images, the company launched the first website to allow the public easy and fast access to the complete indexes, which until then had only been available on microfiche film in specialist archives and libraries. The launch was instrumental in creating the widespread and growing interest in genealogy seen in the UK today. Findmypast.co.ukhas subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 750 million records dating as far back as 1538. This allows family historians and novice genealogists to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military records, census, migration, occupation directories, and current electoral roll data, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. In November 2006findmypast.co.uklaunched theancestorsonboard.commicrosite in association with The National Archives to publish outbound passenger lists for long-distance voyages departing all British ports between 1890 and 1960. As well as providing access to historical records,findmypast.co.ukis also developing a range of online tools to help people discover and share their family history more easily, beginning with the launch of Family Tree Explorer in July 2007. In April 2007,findmypast.co.uk's then parent company Title Research Group received the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2007 in recognition of their achievement. Findmypast.co.ukwas acquired in December 2007 by brightsolid, the company who were awarded The National Archives' contract to publish online the 1911 census, which it launched in January 2009. About Welsh Archive Services/Gwasanaethau Archifau Cymru The Welsh Archive Services include: National Library of Wales; Anglesey Archives Service; Carmarthenshire Archive Service; Ceredigion Archives; Conwy Archive Service; Denbighshire Archives; Flintshire Record Office; Glamorgan Archives; Gwent Record Office; Gwynedd Archives Service; Pembrokeshire Record Office; Powys County Archives Office; West Glamorgan Archive Service; and Wrexham Archives Service. Local authorities in Wales have an archive service holding the historical records of local government, the records of landed estates, churches and chapels, industry and business, trade unions, local societies and private individuals. The National Library of Wales holds archives of national and international significance. Each archive service has a searchroom where records can be consulted free of charge. Further information about their services and the records they hold can be seen athttp://www.archiveswales.org.uk/ About FamilySearch FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organisation in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide and operates over 4,500 family history centres in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.