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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage, but poorly edited, 21 Dec 2012
This review is from: Welsh Genealogy (Paperback)
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.

The reason for such errors is obvious to those who already know something about Scottish genealogy, but they will be completely mystifying, as well as confusing, for those with Welsh ancestry who wish to use this book as a general introduction to genealogical sources.

Although the content is generally comprehensive, I have only given this book three stars because of the significant errors that should have been spotted before publication.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2013 15:52:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2013 15:56:29 BDT
Thanks for this input FMH and other comment makers - I had been intending to get the book, but I will look out for Scots/Welsh confusions - and will probably borrow from a library before purchase.
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