Earlier today I opened my email and found an invitation to join a group called Americymru — a group primarily for people with Welsh ancestors. Since my great-grandparents immigrated at the turn of the 20th century from Wales, I decided that I qualify for this group and decided to join.
These same great grandparents are the people responsible for my interest in genealogy. My family always had a strong interest in family history so I grew up with the concept but I was always particularly fascinated with my Welsh family. I was close to my grandfather but he never talked of his home in Pennsylvania very much — just snippets — so, of course, by the time I decided to embark on my search of family, my grandfather was no longer with us to help. However, I did have some help along the way and I did find out a lot of information but, more importantly, I found family.
My great grandparents came from Blaina to Pennsylvania and remained there the rest of their lives. While they didn’t leave much of a paper trail for me to search I did get lucky and find a cousin, Jim Slater. He has been very helpful over the years by sending me pics and asking his dear little mother, Jean, for information for me — without him I wouldn’t have been as successful. I also wouldn’t have the most wonderful Welsh cookie recipe on the planet — thanks Jean!
On my quest, I made a good friend, Len Clark of Blaina, and found a cousin, Michael Webb, living in Coventry. Both of these gentlemen have been very helpful and have really given me a link to my “homeland”. One day I hope to meet them both.
So, I am looking forward to the Americymru group — who knows, I might even find more cousins!