Friday, 30 January 2015

Philadelphia Welsh Society records and Iceland censuses on Ancestry

Ancestry has a few new resources of interest. If some of family were Welsh migrants to Philadelphia, then the following collection may be of interest:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Welsh Society of Philadelphia Charity to Immigrants, 1798-1883
Source: The Welsh Society of Philadelphia Records, 1798–1978. Collection 1186. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Many early settlers in and around Philadelphia were Welsh. The Welsh Society of Philadelphia met for the first time in 1798 with the goal of providing “for the relief of such emigrants as arrive in this country from Wales.”

This collection contains records from the Welsh Society of Philadelphia, including list of immigrants who received charity, cemetery registers, emigrant registers, receipts, minutes, attendance records, and membership lists.

Records vary, but you might find names, dates, birthplaces, places of origin, arrival dates, arrival vessels, age at burial, date and place of burials, and other details.

Also newly available are third party web interfaces for the 1870, 1880 and 1890 censuses of Iceland.

Web: Iceland Census, 1870

Web: Iceland Census, 1880

Web: Iceland Census, 1890

The original data is held on the website of the National Archives of Iceland (


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