I would have thought that the huge 2 Volume work of B. G. Charles would have captured much
of this sort of information for Pembrokeshire.
There is a very interesting project for Ireland, run by a company called Irish Origenes,
which at first I was rather sceptical about, but I have now moved into the neutral camp.
Essentially you take a 37 marker Y-DNA test, and then they compare your DNA profile to
others within a database called Y-Search, which is in the public domain. Then they select
the most uncommon surname in that group to localise your genetic homeland. The detail is
explained on his website. He has English and Scottish Origenes but not yet Welsh
Any serious population geneticist would laugh at this strategy, but when folk did not move
around so much, but just around their nearest market town in many cases, it is not so
From: dyfed-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Gareth
Sent: 25 October 2013 13:36
Subject: [Dyfed] Place name project
Thanks to a Genuki colleague for drawing this to my attention.
Partners in the project include the NLW, the University of Wales and RCAHMW
The introductory text includes
"We need help in collecting all the names of places and features in Wales from the
Ordnance Survey’s six-inch to a mile maps of c. 1900.
Why? Because the names of places are a vital key to unlocking the social and linguistic
history of the land. ...............................
You might think that it was easy to come by a list of all the places in Wales, or Britain,
but at this scale it is not – and, of course, the maps from a century ago preserve many
historic names now lost.
For one thing, it is intended that the Wales 1900 gazetteer will form the backbone of a
national collection of the country’s historic place-names, comprising everything from the
earliest medieval records to the field-names still known to modern farming families.
In addition, there is here a huge potential to tap into local knowledge and memory. That
is why, as well as simply recording the names as they appear on these historic maps, we
want you to tell us more: do you know stories about the origin of the name, true or
apocryphal? do you want to record other versions of the place-name (especially ones we
might not otherwise easily find), such as a form used by your grandparents? or do you
remember the same place going by another name altogether?
There appear to be 126 volunteers already involved.
Genuki Wales http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/
Gareth's Help Page
Cwmgors a'r Waun
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