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I started my family history research 9 years ago. I hit a stumbling block in my paternal line within weeks. Researching the Evans surname in a high frequency area was an exceptionally difficult task.
My great grandfather is Edward Evans. He was born on 3rd August 1893 in Treharris, Glamorgan. His parents were Richard Evans and Rebecca Jones.
I knew little about Richard in 2007 except the information contained in the 1901 census. He was born around 1865 in Festiniog, Merionethshire; he was a pumpsman at a colliery; and he lived on Elsie Road in Gelligaer in 1901.
The marriage certificate of Richard and Rebecca gave his father’s name as Evan Evans, which in itself caused more issues in finding out any more information.
I looked for a birth registration of Richard but there were other Richard Evans’ registered in the time frame and there were definitely others with Evan Evans as their father.
I’d given up all hope… until the 1911 census was released. There was an extra touch of information… On top of telling me that Richard and Rebecca now lived on Edward Street, Pengam and the extra information of how many years they had been married; the 1911 census gave an additional hint to the identity of ‘my’ Richard with a middle name of Maurice being given.
There was only one Richard Morris Evans registered in Festiniog in the possible timeframe but after making mistakes ordering certificates in the past I decided to leave the line for a bit but still feared that I would never track down my Evans lineage.
That was until the 1939 Register was released last year. A quick search found me Richard Evans still living on Edward Street. But the real jewel in the crown was a birth date.
Richard was born on 2nd April 1863. I bit the bullet and ordered the only Richard Morris Evans. It proved to be a great chance to take.
It is ‘my’ Richard Morris Evans and his parents were Evan Evans and Laura Roberts. He was born in Maentwrog on 2nd April 1863. I have now found him on the 1871, 1881 and 1891 census returns. I have taken my Evans line back one generation.
However, on breaking down this brick wall, I have created another in his father Evan Evans. That one is going to have to wait a week or 2 though.