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Encyclopaedia of Wales

The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales
Gwyddoniadur Cymru yr Academi Gymreig

John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines, Peredur Lynch

Publisher: University of Wales Press
Published: 31 Jan 2008 (1st Edition)
Language: English or Welsh
ISBN: 978-0708319536 (Hardback - English)
ISBN: 978-0708319543 (Hardback - Welsh)

"The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales" is the most ambitious reference work ever published about Wales to be published since the 19th century. Within the covers of this book are entries on all the people, places and events which make Wales so culturally, historically and geographically rich."

The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary

The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary
Editors: Bruce Griffiths, Dafydd Glyn Jones

Publisher: University of Wales Press
Published: 20 Nov 2003
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0708311868 (Hardback)

"This volume represents the most comprehensive English-Welsh dictionary ever compiled. It opens up the immense resources of a language which not only carries a rich cultural heritage but is changing and adapting to meet increasing use in public administration, the media, education and commercial life. This dictionary is indispensable for learners and first-language speakers of Welsh alike and should find a place in homes, schools and offices throughout Wales; also in libraries and universities world-wide."

Dictionary of the Place Names of Wales

Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales
Hywel Wyn Owen & Richard Morgan

Publisher: Gomer Press
Published: 30 Nov 2007
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1843239017 (Hardback)

"This scholarly and accessible dictionary, the first of its kind in Wales, deals with most of the place-names of Wales as well as prominent features of the landscape. For each name, the authors provide the evidence of historical forms and dates, identify the etymological elements, comment on the derivation, meaning and linguistic development, and explain the topographic, social or historical significance."

"Based on the authors' original research and that of other place-names scholars past and present, this authoritative dictionary also includes an invaluable glossary of the place-names elements."

Encyclopaedia of Wrexham

The Encyclopaedia of Wrexham
W Alister Williams

Publisher: Bridge Books
Published: (2nd Edition)
Language: English
ISBN 978-1-84494-067-7 (Paperback)

"A revised edition of this unique, best-selling and much-acclaimed work of local history, bringing the story of Wrexham up-to-date at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century. This book is an essential work of reference for anyone with an interest in the history and development of north-east Wales."

"The Encyclopaedia of Wrexham, the first source of information for any research into the history of the town whether the researcher is a pupil, a student, a local historian, a genealogist, or simply some with an interest in their environment and how it was shaped."

Welsh Family History - Rowlands

Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research
John & Sheila Rowlands

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Co Inc.
Published: 6 Dec 2009 (2nd edition)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0806316208 (Paperback)

"Researching Welsh ancestry can be fraught with difficulties for those who are unaware of, or unfamiliar with, the very different (from England) social, cultural, religious and linguistic circumstances which have prevailed in Wales. The poor survival rate of many records, the dominance of a small stock of settled surnames, unfamiliarity with Welsh place-names, etc., can all conspire to make life difficult for even the most dedicated of researchers. This is not a "how to do it" book. The principles of genealogical method: working from the known to the unknown, developing working hypotheses, and proving everything, apply as fully in Wales as in other contexts. These aspects have been written about at length elsewhere and are not repeated here. Instead this book is a compilation of contributions by a wide range of authors. Some of the contributions are by authors with direct experience of researching Welsh ancestry; others have been written by authors with a detailed knowledge of the historical background to Wales. An understanding of this wider historical background is essential for serious research and in particular for the development of new strategies for research."

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