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Dyfed Family History Society
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People and places in Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
People and places in Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

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Rose Hill Cemetery, California, was created in the early 1860s and served as a burial ground for the coal field families. Buried here are children who died in epidemics, women who died in childbirth, and men who died in mining disasters and of other things. It was a protestant burial ground, and many of the people buried here were Welsh including people whose origins are in the counties of Dyfed.
For over thirty years Supervising Naturalist Traci Parent has researched the history of the people buried at Rose Hill using newspaper accounts, obituaries, and family histories. Her work is documented in:
Rose Hill: A Comprehensive History of a Pioneer Cemetery
This book contains details not just of the residents' deaths, but also of their lives in the remote, bustling communities of the Mount Diablo Coal Field. With more than 1000 pages and over 600 images, including diagrams, photographs and contemporary newspaper accounts, the book gives the reader a fascinating look into local history and life as it once was in the coal towns of East Contra Costa County.
For those who have Welsh ancestors who immigrated to this area of America this book is an amazing source of family history. 

The index to those buried at Rose Hill Cemetery is available on the Dyfed FHS website.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/rose-hill-cemetery.php

Rose Hill: A Comprehensive History of a Pioneer Cemetery is available for research at Pembrokeshire Archive, Haverfordwest under the reference HDX/1399/7.

Sadly RICHARD ROSE died in December 2013. His obituary, which was published in our April journal, can be read on our website.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/guide-to-dfhs-resources.php

The FRENCH at FISHGUARD - FACT, FICTION and FOLKLORE
Richard Rose is best known as the author of ‘Pembroke People’, his account of the people of Pembroke and Pembroke Dock between 1818 and 1837. But Richard was an antiquarian and collector with a deep interest in naval history, especially of the long French wars. In retirement he edited works on French prisoners of war in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Whilst he was researching and writing Pembroke People he gathered notes concerning the French invasion of West Wales in 1797. The result of his research has never been published.
His dissertation is probably the most accurate ever written on this subject and makes compelling reading, which is likely to change your perception of this famous event at Fishguard in 1797.
Now it can be read on the Dyfed FHS website
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/french-at-fishguard.php

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Survey of “GEORGE” Family Interments in North Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1654 - 2012.
Len Urwin, a member of Dyfed FHS, has lived in Dinas, near Fishguard since moving from Hertfordshire in June 1988. Len is not related to any George family, but has researched the George families of Penwennol and Maesteg in Dinas, descended from William George of Tresinwen, and included comments on them in this document.
The main purpose of this survey is to assist family members and historians in researching GEORGE family histories.
It was compiled by first examining memorial inscriptions (MIs) in 177 graveyards, covering eighty-five parishes across North Pembrokeshire, extending south to include Walwyns Castle, Merlin’s Bridge, Uzmaston and Slebech. Then secondly, by studying church, chapel and cemetery records held in public archives
The resulting directory of some 1,556 burials is now available as a fully searchable pdf on the DFHS website.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/guide-to-dfhs-resources.php

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This excellent book by the internationally recognised genealogist Bert J Rawlins has not been readily available for several years but can now be purchased through our website at a discounted price.
It comprises 648 pages packed with information, including a comprehensive index, parish maps showing the location of each church and chapel, and over 200 photographs.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/rawlins-book-promo.php
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The book "Pembroke People" by Richard rose is invaluable to those researching ancestors who lived in Pembroke at the beginning of the 19th century.
This book lists the people who lived in the ancient borough of Pembroke and the newcomers who from 1813 onwards came to work in the dockyard and founded the town of Pembroke Dock. Every person who lived in the two towns between 1818 and 1837 is identified as a named individual and if possible placed in a structure showing his or her occupation and family connections.
The Dyfed FHS website contains an index to more than 5000 people mentioned in the book, and the book may be purchased through the website at a much reduced price.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/guide-to-dfhs-resources.php
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Dyfed comprises the three Welsh counties of Cardiganshire (Ceredigion), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin) and Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro). The DYFED FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY is for anyone interested in genealogy, heraldry, family history or local history related to these three counties.
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Our database of places and parishes lists churches, chapels, schools and other features of villages and towns in Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. This database contains useful information such as location, where records may be found and many links to other websites concerned with these places.
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Our Journal archive contains hundreds of articles about the people of Dyfed – where they lived and what they did. The archive is fully indexed by names and places.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/journals.php
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There are hundreds of names of people being researched by our members on our website.
The index of these research interests also contains contact details to permit members to contact each other.
http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/mem-interests.php
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