London & Middlesex Branch: “Why did the Welsh leave Wales?”

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Date(s) - February 5, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am


London & Middlesex Branch invites you to join us on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 10 a.m. for a Zoom presentation: 

“Why did the Welsh leave Wales” with speaker, Dr. Penny Walters

 Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years. Penny’s interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her bio

Dr. Penny Walters

logical parents, as she was adopted. Penny lectures internationally in-person, writes articles, and is sought after for a wide range of webinar topics. Penny has authored the books: ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy,’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching’.

This session will look at why Welsh ancestors emigrated from Wales, starting with a historical overview of life in Wales, maps, counties, 1720 and 1833 gazetteer descriptions, the Welsh language, traditional dress, Welsh dragon and patron saint. We will look at the steady heavy industrialisation of the beautiful rural countryside, into coal mining and Merthyr Tydfil specifically. Emigration posters of the 1840s reveal the call to build a new and better life abroad. The crucial role of DNA testing with specified regions and surname distribution will be revealed, as will language, translation tools and scripts. Censuses in Welsh will be analysed and compared to English language censuses. The feeling of connectedness, diaspora, homelands will be explored. Some traditional foods and helpful forums on Facebook groups will be given. So, why did Williams and Walters leave Wales?

The event is free and all are welcome to attend and share this with your friends and family. Registration is required.

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