The Association

The Association was formed in 1981 as a grouping of the Family History Societies which then existed within Wales. Its constitution states that its Aims and Objectives are:

• to promote the study of family history and genealogy of Wales:
• to co-ordinate and support the activities of the Family History Societies in Wales;
• to promote and secure publication of material of particular interest and usefulness to family historians researching Welsh ancestry;
• to liaise with its affiliate members and other appropriate bodies in order to represent the interests and needs of its member societies.

A fifth objective, underlying and supporting all of these, is to improve public access to the archival material in Wales, both at local and at national levels.

The Association regrets that it does not have the resources to assist with research.

Public consultation on the 2021 Census in England and Wales

The next census in England and Wales will be in 2021 and as part of the census research programme, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has launched a public consultation asking users for their views on the topics that the 2021 Census might include. ONS wants to determine the information that users want and need from the 2021 Census, and which data will in future be needed for policy, business, and administrative purposes within the public and private sectors.

ONS is encouraging people to respond online to their current proposals
More information on the topic consultation, including a PDF of the “Initial View on Content for England and Wales”, is available at

Anyone can take part in this public consultation which closes on Thursday 27 August and users’ feedback will inform further research, development of questions, and other engagement activities.

The National Statistician, John Pullinger, says:
“Decisions based on the census can touch the lives of all of us. Individuals and organisations alike are able to make better decisions based on the unique and reliable evidence base that the census provides. But we can’t run this major project alone. We need the help of census users to ensure that the census stays relevant and credible. So do please take the time to share your views through this consultation. Together we can make sure we understand as much as we need to about the population in 2021.”