Finding your English and Welsh ancestors

The national flag of Wales was officially recognized in 1959.

Are you having trouble finding your English and Welsh ancestors? It may be because of a lack of understanding about Britain’s system of public record keeping. From 1538-1837, parish records contained all the significant life events for 98 percent of the population. Original documents for baptism, marriage, burial and many other events were filed in the historical parish jurisdictions.

Genealogist Liz Pearson has first-hand experience in English and Welsh research. Born in England, she spent many years researching her own family history. During the late 1970s her professional life brought her to New York and Washington, D.C., where she found many opportunities to share her English and Welsh expertise with Anglo-Americans researching their roots.

Liz holds several research qualifications and is an associate member of the Society of Genealogists in London, England. She has volunteered and taught for the Pinellas (Florida) Genealogical Society, and offers professional genealogy services in English and Welsh family history.

Now residing in the Cleveland area, Liz Pearson has been speaking to local genealogical groups. Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society has invited Liz to speak at their next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7:00 p.m.  The public is invited, free of charge. For more information, email

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.05.2018