Wales Nonconformist Births - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the Wales Nonconformist Guided Research page. After 1837, search for Civil Registration.

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Substitute Records

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Church of England Records
Wales Church of England
Guided Research
By 1851, 20% of the Welsh population belonged to the Church of England. Go to the Wales Church of England Guided Research page and click on a county to search baptism, marriage, and burial records.
Civil Registration
Wales Civil Registration
Guided Research
Starting in 1837, birth registration lists the child's birth date and place, gender, father's name and occupation, and mother's full name. Marriage registration lists ages and father's names of the bride and groom. Death registration lists age at death, allowing the researcher to calculate approximate birth year.
Census Records
Wales Census FS Collections
Census records from 1841 onward give the age and birthplace of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to discover birth places and calculate birth years. The 1911 census lists the number of children (alive and deceased) born to the couple.
Cemetery Records
See Wiki page
Cemetery records, including tombstone inscriptions, usually list the deceased's birth date or age.
See Wiki page
May contain birth and death notices and even obituaries. Death notices and obituaries may list the deceased's birth date or age.

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Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date and place of birth.
  • Patronymics. Before 1800, patronymics were often used; do a given name search instead of surname search. See Wales Names, Personal for more information.
  • Know county. Because of the abundance of common given and last names, knowing the county and parish is important to narrow down the search. See Finding the Wales County or Parish of Origin to learn how.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.

Why the Record may not Exist

Records Start
Nonconformist records date to 1567, although a majority of records began in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Birth and baptism records are the most numerous record type in nonconformist records.

Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.

Records Destroyed
Only 10% of nonconformist records have been digitized.

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