The records includes an image of the original record book and a transcript for the individual entry. The amount of detail in each record can vary, but most will include a combination of the following:
Name and age
Next of kin’s name (usually spouse)
County and country
*Birth year is often established by the age given at death. The age is usually reported by someone close or a relative of the deceased. However, in some cases the age was not known and may have be estimated for the records. In these cases the birth year may be incorrect.
The Breconshire Burials includes records which use the patronymic naming system. This system started in Wales in the 15th century through to the mid-18th century. It is the practice of using the father’s first name as the child’s surname. Usually, ‘ab’ or ‘ap’ is added between the child’s first name and the father’s first name. For example, William Ap David is William son of David. The patronymic naming system can affect your genealogical research. We would recommend searching by your relative’s first name and burial or birth year without the family’s surname. Then narrow your search from those results.
Breconshire, also known as Brecknockshire, is one of 13 historic Welsh counties and a former administrative county. Breconshire borders Radnorshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, and Cardiganshire. Following the Local Government Act 1972, the administrative county of Brecknock was abolished in 1974. Most of its area became part of the new county of Powys, where it was turned into the Borough of Brecknock. Powys also contained two other districts: Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire. In 1996, Powys was turned into a unitary authority, and a ‘Brecknockshire’ area was established under a decentralisation scheme. A shire committee made up of councillors elected for electoral divisions within the former Borough of Brecknockshire carried out functions delegated by Powys County Council.