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Welsh Genealogy [Paperback]

Bruce Durie
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1 Nov 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752465996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752465999
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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About the Author

Bruce Durie, a former neuroscientist, is Course Director for Geneaological Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Archivist & Historian to the Chief of the Durie Family and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is the author of the acclaimed Scottish Genealogy (2009, 2010, 2012).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage, but poorly edited 21 Dec 2012
This is a comprehensive book, covering Welsh genealogy in detail, but suffers from significant errors in editing. The author has previously written a similar book on Scottish genealogy, but there are too many examples where material seems to have been carried across from the Scottish genealogy book without the information having been changed, and without the errors having been noticed and corrected before publication.

For example, Chapter 6 has the title 'Statutory Registers of Birth, Marriage and Death Post-1855', which is the same title as the chapter in the Scottish book. Civil registration was introduced in England and Wales in 1837, which is mentioned in the first sentence of the chapter, but the date in the chapter title has not been changed accordingly. Furthermore, the term 'statutory registers', which is commonly used in Scotland, is not usual in England and Wales, where it would be more usual to refer to 'civil registration records'. The chapter title should therefore have been changed to 'Civil Registration Records of Birth, Marriage and Death Post-1837'.

The same kind of error occurs on pages 175-176, where 1845 (the year the Poor Law system was changed in Scotland) has been retained when it should have been changed to 1834 (the year it was changed in England and Wales).

On page 118 the heading to one of the sections is 'Marriage bonds (cautions, pronounced 'kay-shuns' in Scotland)' but as this book is about Welsh genealogy, why do we need do know what they were called in Scotland or how the word is pronounced?

Some of the terms in the list of occupations and abbreviations on pages 229-240 are specific to Scotland and should have been omitted in a book on Welsh genealogy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book about Scottish genealogy re-jacketed 3 Jun 2013
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I was required to purchase Bruce Durie's book about Scottish Genealogy for a course, as it was 'essential reading'.
Little did I realise that I would be purchasing very similar content when ordering his title Welsh Genealogy. If I had the time I would share with you exactly how many pages are completely identical. I completely endorse the other comments made by reviewers with regards to the Sottish content being transferred across to this new title. The editing is truly awful (has it been proof-read?) also with maps mis-labelled, and completely irrelevent content that was obviously submitted just to fulfil some kind of publisher's required quota. Clans and tartans - I ask you!
There are also substantial ommissions in this work, particularly with regards to Welsh background history. e.g No mention of the 'Blue Books' with regards to social and religious history.
Shame on both author and publisher. Don't buy this, borrow it if you really must.
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2.0 out of 5 stars bought in haste now gathering dust 18 Mar 2013
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If only I had waited to actually see the book rather than buying in haste. Not sure who proof read this (if anybody!!) but a revised edition is required with corrections.
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4.0 out of 5 stars People of Wales 30 Mar 2013
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An excellent book explaining all aspects of Welsh Genealogy and plenty more about Family Genealogy. A good book for the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference for Welsh Genealogy 17 April 2013
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There is a wealth of practical genealogical information in this book. Like most amateurs, I had many profound misconceptions about tracking down my Welsh ancestors. Aside from providing helpful information, this book also served the useful purpose of constraining my expectations and focusing my research into more productive areas. Without being overly complimentary, this book has saved me from many false starts and literally months of fruitless effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third book from this author 16 Mar 2013
By Heather Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third genealogy book I have bought from this author. Due to patronymics, Welsh genealogy can be confusing. Right now I'm kinda stuck in the 1700's. I really like how Professor (Dr?) Durie provides example documents and helpful strategies in his books to get unstuck. I haven't read a whole lot of this one yet because I'm still working through the two I bought about Scotland, but so far it looks as amazingly helpful as those two ("Scottish Genealogy" and "Documents for Genealogists")
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