Anna and Yvonne,
I may be wrong but suspect that the CD is a series of scanned images from
The title in WWHR is "Marriage Bonds of West Wales and Gower."
"An Abstract of Marriage Bonds Fiats relating to West Wales and Gower which
are deposited at the Diocesan Registry at Carmarthen."
In WWHR they start in Vol. III and continue in every volume up to Vol. XII.
Earliest date is 1612, and only a handful before 1717. Vol. XII ends in
December 1799, but includes stray lists and bond that had been misplaced
and were not in order.
They are useful as although only an abstract they give more information
than just the names of those supposedly contracting to marry as in the NLW
Catalogue, which can assist in identifying marriages with common names.
"March 1st 1798.
Thomas Phillips of the parish of Llanerchayron, Cards., bachelor and Mary
Jones, aged 17 years, of the parish of Llanarth, Cards; with the consent of
her testamentary guardian, Evan Evans. B(ond) by the said Thomas Phillips,
minister of the Gospel, and Evan Evans of the parish of Llanina, Cards.,
gent.; witness: Thomas Jones."
Thomas Phillips from Scythlyn, Llanfihangel ar Arth, was the Minister of
Neuadd Lwyd, Nonconformist Chapel and Mary Jones attended Vadfa,
Non-Conformist Chapel. Evan Evans was also a Non-Conformist. Thomas Jones
appears as a Witness to several bonds and fiats at this time and can safely
me assumed to be an Employee of the Diocesan Office who issued Marriage
The vast majority of bonds etc., were obtained Non-Conformists who objected
to having to attend Church for the reading of Banns for several Sundays,
and could afford to pay for a Marriage Licence.
NLW is no longer fit for purpose as an Archive!
Their ISYS Webwiste worked well, until the NLW was infiltrated by Experts
(Idiots without any understanding of what users research.) who believed
that an all singing all dancing Web-Site was what everyone wanted.
The result is that you get 1000's hits and takes a lot of time and effort
to distill it down to a manageable number.
The NLW Catalogues Deeds have numerous variations of spellings of the same
name, even when they obviously relate to the same property, same parties
and have the same witnesses.
To find them on the present Website you either have to search for every
variant, or bring up all the deeds in a catalog and read them one by one.
Fortunately I was habit of downloading Catalogs from ISYS as a Word
Document and have many on a backup hard disc.
Much easier to search for name variants!
If anyone else has done the same I would be interested in hearing from you,
and will be more than happy in exchange to provide you with anything I have
that you would like.
On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 12:37 AM, Anna Brueton <annabrueton(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Marriage bonds for the whole of Wales are at the National Library. It used
to be easy to search them separately from the main catalogue, but the only
way I can find them now is to search in the main catalogue using a term
"marriage bonds" AND Pembrokeshire. You can narrow down your search by
adding a surname or substituting a parish name for the county.
Maybe someone else knows a better way of searching.
The bonds published by UK Genealogy are part of the records of St David's
Diocese, which are arranged by archdeaconry. Swansea was then part of the
archdeaconry of Carmarthen. I'm not sure why the archdeaconry of St Davids
(equivalent to Pembrokeshire) would have been excluded.
On 3 September 2017 at 23:45, Yvonne Evans <anneyvonne.evans@btinternet.
> Hello list,
> I am in possession of a cd of marriage bonds entitled "South and West
> Wales Marriage Bonds and Fiats" from UK Genealogy Online.
> The bonds cover the period approx 1700 to 1800. Most of these bonds are
> for Carmarthenshire but many are for Swansea and Cardiganshire. The only
> bonds for Pembrokeshire on the cd are for couples where one partner was
> from Carmarthenshire. I am uncertain where UK Genealogy obtained these
> bonds, and why Pembrokeshire are missing. Has anyone any idea please?
> Also where can Pembrokeshire marriage bonds be obtained?
> Yvonne Evans
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