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History & ancestry

Tintern Abbey
The story of Wales begins with the Celts - our timeline gives a snapshot of Wales' history.
Everywhere you go in Wales someone will point out a hill, church or a standing stone that has a story of its own.
We've got more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.
On 1 March each year we celebrate our patron Saint, Dewi Sant or St David who died on that day in 589AD.
Like many countries across the world, Wales is commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
Wales has a history of descendents across the globe. There are a number of websites that can help you trace your Welsh roots.
Our national museums will give you a showcase of our past and present culture. And best of all they are free to visit.
Dedicated to the story of Wales and its people, free to use. A place to discover, learn and contribute your story of Wales.
Discover 7.6 million articles and 725,000 pages for free and growing. From 1804 – 1919 (Beta version at present)
One of the greatest libraries in the world. Home to many historical documents including books, manuscripts and maps.
Cadw look after many castles, other ancient buildings and sites. Find out about visiting these and events taking place throughout the year.
The easy way to discover the archaeology of Wales. There are over 100,000 archaeological sites to be found here.