Gwynedd, Wales Public Record Office
Shirehall Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL55 1SH
The Gwynedd, Wales Public Record Office (also referred to as the Caernarfon Record Office) is located at Shirehall Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL55 1SH.
The Record Office maintains records on births, land deeds, marriages, genealogies and deaths in the county. It also contains local newspapers from the last four hundred years.
One of the features of the Gwynedd Record Office is the “family tracing” service, in which the public can research family trees and receive information on family ancestry.
In addition to maintaining records, the Gwynedd Public Record office works in conjunction with the Archive Museum to provide education services to both adults and children. At the Museum, visitors can learn about the history of the county, as well as enjoy displays on archeology, furniture and Welsh food.
Gwynedd was originally an independent kingdom that came under English rule in the thirteenth century. The county of Gwynedd was officially created in 1974, along with seven other counties in Wales.
In Gwynedd, over half the population can speak Welsh. School children are taught both English and Welsh, and the government has made a concerted effort to retain use of the Welsh language.
Snowdonia National Park, which stretches from Gwynedd through the county of Conwy, is a major tourist attraction, bringing over six million visitors to this area of Wales every year. Snowdonia is popular among hikers, who can traverse all the peaks in the park, as well as the main peak, Snowdon. The Snowdon Mountain Railway runs to the summit of the mountain, for those more inclined to take a leisurely trip up the mountain.
The slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is in the middle of the Snowdonia National Park, but it has been officially excluded from the park itself to allow the growth of industry in this area. The Snowdon Mountain Railway includes a stop in Blaenau Ffestiniog, which has become a tourist destination in itself.
Gwynedd boasts several notable people as having either been born or raised in the county. Some of these people include: T.E. Lawrence, opera singer Bryn Terfel and football players Wayne Hennessey and Owain Fon Williams.