Welsh genealogy is usually included with its English cousin, but there are significant differences between the two, and anyone wishing to trace their Welsh ancestry will encounter peculiarities that are not covered by books on English family history. There is a separate system of archives and repositories for Wales, there are differences in civil registration and censuses, Nonconformist registers are dissimilar to these of other Churches and Welsh surnames and place names are very different to English ones. Welsh Genealogy covers all of this as well as the basic Welsh needed by family historians; estate, maritime, inheritance, education and parish records; peculiarities of law; the Courts of Great Sessions and particular patterns of migration. Written by Dr Bruce Durie, the highly respected genealogist, lecturer and author of the acclaimed Scottish Genealogy, this is the ideal book for local and family historians setting out on a journey to discover their Welsh ancestry.
Dr Bruce Durie is a highly-respected genealogical author, educator, broadcster and researcher, based in Scotland but operating worldwide.
He instigated (and ran until 2011) the renowned Professional Postgraduate Genealogical Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he now Honorary Fellow and is developing a full-time one-year Masters and a Doctoral programme. He also teaches at the University of Edinburgh (courses on Genealogy and Documents.
Best known for his books (see below) and BBC Radio Scotland series 'Digging Up Your Roots', he is also Shenachie (Historian and Archivist) to the Chief of Durie (www.duriefamily.co.uk) and was recently elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie (the only member from Scotland)
Two new strands of Victorian crime fiction are in preparation - one featuring Inspector McArdle of St Andrews (murder, mystery and golf!) and Dick Donovan, the Glasgow detective.
Asked what he likes doing best, Bruce Durie said: "getting into a real family mystery - preferably in the 1600s - interpreting the old documents, solving the puzzle. And occasionally someone asks me to help in getting a real Coat of Arms".
Full postnomials are: BSc(Hons), PhD, FSAScot, FCollT, FIGRS, FHEA, OJL - "as my father used to say, 'More degrees than a thermometer!'"
Check out the details at www.brucedurie.co.uk/books