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dc.contributor.advisor Derryan Paul, E. Barber, B. Jill 2010-02-24T16:58:52Z 2010-02-24T16:58:52Z 1994
dc.identifier.citation Barber, B. J. (1994) Sources for family history : a case study with particular reference to Wales, the Parrys of Llidiardau, PhD thesis, Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University en
dc.description.abstract This thesis sets out to test the assumption that family history research in Wales is likely to be less successful than in England. The impact of factors such as the poor survival of sources, the use of the Welsh language and patronymics are assessed, and the implications of a different social structure and system of land tenure are investigated. Through tracing the history of a Cardiganshire family, the Parrys of Llidiardau, evidence is revealed which suggests that, although a wider range of sources may be needed for family history research in Wales, the chronological possibilities for success are far greater than in England. The range of available sources is explored, and selected sources analysed to determine the background knowledge and search strategies needed for their effective use and interpretation. These include pedigree books, Great Sessions records, personal sources, literature, bills and receipts, tour diaries, estate and magistrates' records. The cases tudy provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of an uncataloguedc ollection of family papers, the Llidiardau Mss., at the National Library of Wales. The contribution that family history research, properly conducted, can make to mainstream historical studies is explored, highlighting the significance of the patterns which emerge. The importance of factors such as gavelkind, marriage, migration, and fertility and mortality rates for the study of families and communities in Wales is revealed. Other themes of wider historical interest include the impact of kinship groups on the development of local communities, the social mobility of younger sons, the position of women and the anglicisation of the Welsh gentry. Finally, this thesis investigates how family historians locate and retrieve information, identifying the education and training needs which will equip information professionals to provide a better service for family historians. en
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dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title Sources for family history : a case study with particular reference to Wales, the Parrys of Llidiardau en
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dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en

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