Wales and the Welsh

My family immigrated from Wales to Ohio in 1806.  I have always had an affinity for my Welsh heritage.  My wife and I spent three years in Wales doing research on our families since her ancestry was also Welsh.

Wales is a beautiful, scenic, mountainous paradise.  Besides the grandeur of its landscape, historical sites abound.  There are castles, manor homes, cathedrals and medieval monasteries.  There are fishing villages, book shops, craft stores, sporting events,  theater productions, concerts and great restaurants.  Wales is also a land of legend. King Arthur is said to lie asleep waiting to be called to save Camelot and Wales.  Trolls, Fairies and other magical creatures are found in the mountains, bogs, lakes and in the fog.  

This is a complex topic.  Wars, Politics, the Acts of Union, the Blue Books, Welsh Bible, child labor, disease, agriculture changes, growth of cities, and industrialization all played roles in forming Wales today.  This website can only hit a few highlights.  The various pages may provide enough detail to peak your interest (I hope so!), and you will then examine Wales in greater depth.  There is an old Welsh saying “To be born Welsh, is not to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but with music in your blood and poetry in your soul.  I cannot argue with that, I totally agree.