Merthyr Tydfil

June 14, 2013

We awoke to wind and rain squalls again today. The original plan was to walk Neil’s waterfall trail in Brecon Beacons, but we didn’t really fancy a six-hour walk in today’s weather. So after breakfast we packed up, said our goodbyes to Antonio and Fadia, who were off to work, and headed out.

The new plan was something completely different. After a short tour of Cardiff by car, Neil drove us up to Merthyr Tydfil. The idea was to see if we could find any more information about Rosemary’s grandfather. So far we had only a name (James John Morris), a birth date (May 13, 1864), and a place of birth (Merthyr Tydfil). After parking the car we looked around and, finding the public library, we decided to try there first.

Luckily the library was the right place to look. A librarian kindly took us upstairs to the room where the genealogy records were. Paul and Rosemary went through the various parish registers, but we were unsuccessful in finding any trace of him. Meanwhile Neil was working out how to use the microfilm reader, so that we could go through the 1881 census records. However that census was stored on six reels of microfilm, and the information was arranged by town and street. We would have had to scan through the whole six reels, which would have been a huge amount of work. So after a couple of hours we gave up.

We thanked the librarian, and she mentioned that if we sent them an e-mail request they might (if they had time) try and find more information for us. Then we headed back to the car and drove out of town, where we found a spot beside a quiet road to have our lunch. After finishing lunch we carried on to today’s final destination, the youth hostel at Broad Haven.

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