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Working with Gwynedd Archaeological Trust and Wales Slate Project.

The Gwynedd Family History Society was recently invited to work with Gwynedd Archaeological Trust on a new community project at Tanysgrafell, Llandygai. The Trust is clearing the overgrowth from the gravestones at Tanysgafell cemetery and recording the graves using archaeological methods.  The next steps of the project, following a workshop, would be to research the people commemorated on the gravestones and link to local history.

We were also invited to participate in a day workshop on 24th January 2024, alongside Grŵp Hanes Ogwen to talk about the work of the Society, how we record the Gwynedd churchyards and cemeteries, how to research family history and key sources of information.  The work undertaken by Helen Hughes, Elena Fitzpatrick and the late Eileen Pritchard in producing the Society’s M270 Memorial Inscriptions of Tanysgafell, Llandygai in 2003, revised in 2014, which includes detailed references to the parish registers and location maps of house names, was recognised as a invaluable tool for the Trust, the project and local history.

The earliest memorial inscription recorded at Tanysgafell is Ann Roberts, Graiglwyd 02 May 1848 aged 2 years and the latest is Jane Jones, Bryneglwys, 31 May 1913 aged 90. Ann Griffith, Dolparc (of Dolwyddelen) is recorded as the oldest person on an existing gravestone. She died aged 105 on 17th April 1857.

More volunteers are invited to contact Sian Evans outreach@heneb.co.uk with offers of help to research those recorded on the gravestones


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