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New Welsh and West Indian Releases on Findmypast

New releases from Wales to the West Indies

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Jessie O'Hara
26 November 2021

Welsh records and newspapers see the largest expansion in this week's release.

With over 1.6 million Welsh electoral records and census substitutes from across the pond in the Caribbean, here's a quick overview of what's new this week.

Hit a wall in your research? We have added 5,000 brand new records to this pre-existing collection which may help you fill any gaps in your family tree. These are entirely exclusive to Findmypast - so if you're looking for records that are unique to us, you're in the right place.

This expansive collection details over 80 years of electoral records from Swansea, Wales.

Parliamentary voters record in Glamorganshire.

Names of voters in Balaclava Street, Glamorganshire - view this record here.

This means there are now over 3.5 million records for Glamorganshire alone, and 334 full record sets for the entirety of Wales - will you discover some Welsh roots in your history?

Incredible insights into Welsh history

Do you or any of your ancestors have the names Jones, Davies or Evans? If so, you may have Welsh lineage. If you've ever wondered about the etymology of these names - or even how the naming system in Wales was affected by the Protestant Reformation in England - head to our article here and dive into this rich history. On the other hand, if you want to explore unique Welsh record collections that stand out amongst a crowd of births and baptisms, this article can point you in the right direction.

With a population of only 130,000 and a land size of 500 square miles, the Leeward Islands are a collection of post-colonial settlements located where the north-eastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean. The name 'Leeward' is derived from sailing terminology, from the days in which sailing was the sole form of transportation across water. Where 'windward' means towards the source of wind, 'leeward' is the opposite - downwind. A ship would sail from the Gulf of Guinea upwind and encounter Dominica and Martinique; this then became the dividing line between the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands.

Map of the Caribbean

A map of the Caribbean, including the Leeward Islands.

With this collection of islands becoming a British colony in 1671, and overseas settlement being a huge part of British history, there is lots to be explored in this focused collection. Though not an official census, it details a large portion of white settlers in the Leeward Islands over 75 years.

Resources and more

If you're new to exploring more of the Caribbean history documented at Findmypast, this discussion with expert genealogist Pooran Bridgelal gives you an in-depth introduction into starting off.

If you're not so new to delving into your Caribbean roots, here are some collections from the archive that could help you on your journey. Try a World War 1 Roll of Honour if you're looking for military ancestors, or an expansive marriage index that documents over 400 years of unions.

With an increase of 116,740 new pages this week, all eight of our brand-new titles are Welsh, including two Welsh language papers and a specialist political title. We have also updated 26 of our existing titles from all across Britain. Check these out below.

As ever, we love to hear about your discoveries. Drop us an email at discoveries@findmypast.com to share your incredible findings, wherever in the world they're from.