Are records relating to your Welsh ancestors missing from Parish Registers? The answer could lie in them being chapel members. The 1851 Religious Census in Wales revealed that almost 80% of the population worshipped as part of non-conformist congregations.
We will examine online and offline resources available in researching Welsh non-conformity, be it Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Congregationalist or Society of Friends. Non-conformist worship in Wales has been a feature of Welsh culture for hundreds of years - open-air revival meetings; song and culture celebrated at Gymanfa Ganu and the Eisteddfod - the chapel has been the core of many communities in a uniquely Welsh way.
Understanding how our Welsh ancestors worshipped is an essential key to our family histories...Read more