Last updated: 23 September 2010
The BBC's Family History portal has a wealth of information including extremely helpful and easy-to-follow video guides to aid getting started with your family history research.
Look Up Your Genes on BBC Radio Wales is a source of inspiration for the budding genealogist. Presented by Cat Whiteaway and Charlotte Evans, the show uncovers hidden stories within family trees and offers advice on how to make the most of your family history hunt.
If you are situated away from Wales, or are unable to travel to research your family history yourself, you may wish to involve others in your quest - though this may incur a charge. Public records offices may search their records for you for a small fee, whilst independent researchers may be of interest if you are willing to commission work.
Tracing international ancestors may seem like a daunting task but there are many avenues you can try. For US immigrants, Ellis Island in New York was the main port, with 22 million people passing through the port between 1892 and 1924. If you know your family departed for America you could try searching the shipping reports online. The BBC Family history portal also has a dedicated section on international family history research.
Key genealogical resources:
BBC Family History portal: research advice, photos, message boards, case studies and more to aid the budding genealogist.
General Register Office: Home Office website from where you can order birth, marriage and death certificates.
Indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, including British overseas; England and Wales census index and images (except 1851), burial records plus other resources (subscription or pay-per-view).
Welsh branch of the WorldGenWeb Project, a volunteer based organisation providing genealogical and historical records and resources.
Free partial indexes of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales.
Genealogy specialists, featuring online access to original British ancestor source records, map images from Great Britain including maps, marriage, census, wills, apprentice records via a free family name search and British place search.
Census index and images from 1841 to 1901 for England and Wales (excluding 1881); indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and military deaths for the two world wars (pay-per-view or subscription).
The Church of the Latter Day Saints: a religious organisation that compiles the International Genealogical Index.
The National Library of Wales: the principal centre for researching Welsh genealogy.
UK government's official National Archive website.
Direct link to the census records directory on the National Archive website: how and where to find and use census records.
Contact details for record repositories in Wales and the UK, also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.
Indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales; census index and images for England and Wales, plus other resources (subscription service or pay-per-view by voucher).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, containing a database of almost two million men and women of the Commonwealth who died during the two world wars.
Database of arrivals at the Port of New York.
British Library National Newspaper Library: newspaper archives with a helpful online catalogue to help with enquiries.
Genealogy chat, news, information and resources.
General genealogical information service for the UK and Ireland, with links.
General genealogical information, with links.
Association of Family History Societies of Wales.