Research Resources

Research Resources

Following are links to various sites and documents that may contain useful information for your Griffith research.  If you know of other Griffith-related sites or materials, please send the information to admin@dna.rdgriffith.com.

Publications

The Pedigree, Compiled in South Wales, Thomas Allen Glenn, Privately published 1905. William Griffith, John Griffith and Griffith Griffiths (sons of Griffith John, of the Parish of Llanddewi Brefi, in the County of Cardigan, South Wales, Great Britain), who removed to the County of Chester, Pennsylvania, in the early part of the XVIIIth Century.

16th Century Map of Wales Humphrey Lhuyd's Cambriae Typus, the earliest printed map of Wales published in the Additamentum (1573)

Castles of Wales - a great website featuring information and photos of Welsh castles.

Visitation Pedigree, Richard Pengriffin, of Walton [West] in the Hundred Of Rhos and of Bedston in the County of Shropshire by Lewis Dwnn [British Library, Egerton MSS, 2585].  Published by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick, 2 volumes, 1846: Volume 1, p. 244

Castell Howell History, author unknown. Castle Howell or Hywel, located in Llandysul, was prominent in Welsh history during the time of Lord Rhys and reportedly, granted to the ancestors of William, John, and Griffith Griffiths, emigrants from Llanddewi Brefi, Cardiganshire, Wales.

History of Great Britain - (bbc.co.uk)

How Green Was My Valley? -- The Welsh: Surnames and Migrations, Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG, American Genealogy Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3.

A Simple Guide to Constructing 16th Century Welsh Names, Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn

 

Historical Research

Center for the Study of Ancient Wales - The Center for the Study of Ancient Wales is a non-profit foundation which owns an extensive library of materials related to the history and peoples of Ancient Wales. It conducts ongoing research on a number of subjects, hoping to shed more light on the people who inhabited the land now called Wales from about 400 to 1300. 

Genetic Genealogy

I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? - A primer on understanding genetic genealogy. Written by Blaine  Bettinger with contributions by Matt Dexter to Chapter 4 of this eBook. Blaine Bettinger is the author of a popular blog called The Genetic Genealogist. He has engaged in traditional genealogical research for almost 20 years and is interested in the intersection of genealogy and DNA Testing. 

Forums

Discussion Forum - Ancestry.com:
Griffith - Griffiths - Griffin - Griffis

Discussion Forum - Genealogy.com:
Griffith - Griffiths - Griffin - Griffis

DNA Forums - A Genetic Genealogy Community

Records

Wills and Administration Index, London, Middlesex and Surrey, Commissary Court of London, 1571-1625 [Index Library, BRS, 97, 1985]; Commissary Court of London, 1626-1649; 1661-1700 [Index Library, BRS, 102, 1992] 

Genetic References

International Society of Genetic Genealogy The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) was founded in 2005 by DNA project administrators who share the common vision of the promotion and education of genetic genealogy. It's mission is to advocate for and educate about the use of genetics as a tool for genealogical research, and promote a supportive network for genetic genealogists.

Wales/Cymru DNA Project - if you can trace your ancestry to Wales, I encourage you to join this Y-DNA Project. You can do so from your myFTDNA page. Just select the Join Projects option. You can find the project under the "W" listings for Dual Geographical Projects.

A Y Chromosome Census of the British Isles (from FTDNA Library)

Y Haplogroups of the World (Courtesy of J.D. McDonald from the University of Illinois)

R1b Haplogroup

Geographic Patterns of Haplogroup R1b in the British Isles


Countries of Origin

Place of Origin

Griffiths

Griffith

Griffin

Griffen

Griffis

Griffitt

Griffing

Totals

Ireland

259

163

3,060

307

6

1 9 3,805

England

1940

700

752

70

9

8 3 3,482

Great Britain

328

168

446

63

6

2 1 1,014

Wales

367

188

14

 

10

2   581

Scotland

22

16

37

13

1

    89

Germany/Preussen

 

 

12

 

 

  1 13

Other

 

 

 

 

 

  2 2
  Compiled by Ancestry.com from the New York Passenger Lists.  This database dates from 1851.

UK Surname Distribution