With the help of a few very friendly Welsh librarians, to my surprise, I have recently traced my fathers ancestors to Rhondda Valley in South Wales. Everybody along the course of my research has been so kind and helpful - just the way my father was to many....now it all makes sense! Even though he was a few generations removed from Wales - these Welsh traits stayed in our family.
Thanks again and I'm looking forward to learning more about the Welsh culture!
thank you for your reply. both my grandparents where 100% welsh making by father 100% and since my mother was swiss making me 50% welsh. i know very little about the welsh culture other than the traits of my father. he was a dairy man as was my grandfather and i was raised on a dairy farm. my father had some very strong traits that people have expressed as welsh in nature but i'm sure many other cultures have such characteristics. he was a very hard working individual. he was a man of his word and i was taught with a strong hand not to lie to anyone and to keep your word. he was known to the other dairymen of the area that my fathers handshake was worth more than any contract drawn up by an attorney. he was wary of the workings of the government and looked down on those who didn't have to but lived off of public assistance. He did not like to drawn any attention to himself but did not back down from a confrontation. As i have grown i can see how much influence he has had on me. i believe in getting the job done without any need for recognition and to always keep my word.
His being a dairman i will assume that his ansestors came from northern wales and not southern wales since southern wales was largely mining and northern was agriculture. it is difficult to follow that side of the family. they did not leave many records. my grandfather moved to modesto, ca from kansas in the early 1900's. by the way, what is the lovespoon. thanks conrad winn
Hello Ceri: Thank you for your warm welcome. I'm a Chilean filmmaker and even when I don't have Welsh ancestors (as far as I know) I feel strong interest for Welsh culture, which I find so wonderful. And now I have the strong collaboration of a Welsh Sales Agent to release my arthouse film that was recently launched in the US by Warner and others. We plan to make other projects together as well. So it seems I'l get a closer relationship with Welsh culture and networks.
Hello Ceri - Thanks for the welcome and for putting this site together.....I stumbled across it whilst searching for Brains SA for sale in the US (apprently there is not any for sale!). I've been here for 3 years, Originally from Blackwood, but I lived in Cardiff for 4 years while at Uni, I look forward to checking out the site when I have more time.
Diolch, Ceri! What a lovely site; I'm smitten. Looking forward to getting accustomed to everything and getting to know some other Cymruphiles stuck in the states (well, maybe not stuck-stuck.... but you know what I mean? What do Chicago or Portland have on the Gower?). Cheers!
Thank you Ceri - what a tremendous site. I've just finished my fourth book of translated Danish folk and fairy tales and am performing on the 27th at the Talgarth Children's Festival then off to Morriston for a day of storytelling in the local comp. If anyone is interested, they can look me up on my website www.talltales.me.uk
Weather is very Welsh today wet and grey and a wonderful excuse for the wood burner to be fired up.
I known as Heather not Margaret. Thanks for the message, I have joined before but somehow never got round to sending many messages, a mistake on my part, so this time round I hope to keep in contact far more.
Can you tell me how I would go about advertising on Americymru as I am an historical researcher who would be able to help others trace their welsh roots. I have relations who I met a few years ago living in Rochester, New York State. America is such a huge place I can't really imagine how far it is from one place to another.
Hello Ceri~ thanks for the welcome. My mother was a war bride and came to USA. Her father, my grandfather , played xylophone and drums on the pier.
I have cousins there, so I planned a trip soon. My 23 year old son James Owen passed away 11/16/10, so I'm taking his ashes to the Great Orme.
I live alone in Connecticut - with my sons 14 year old English Springer Spaniel.
I work with developmentally disabled.
I'll take a look round your site, and tell my friends.
Thanks again~ Deb Brown
I'm Managing Director of a small welsh company, Myddfai Trading Company. We have blossomed on the back of a Big Lottery grant to rebuild our crumbling village hall. The caveat to the new hall was that we set up social enterprise business with the profits ploughed back into rural regeneration, hence Myddfai Trading Company. We have been followed by the BBC for a year and our story will be broadcast on the BBC programme Village SOS on BBC1 Wed 31st Aug 8.00pm. I would think most of your members would catch it on BBCIplayer. For more information take a look at our website www.myddfai.com. Myddfai is the village where HRH The Prince of Wales has bought his only Welsh residence and our Royal neighbours werekind enough to open the new hall just over a month ago. We would very much welcome the support and comments from your members.