A NEW guide has been released in Wrexham to help those researching family history.

Friends of Wrexham Cemetery have launched Welsh Family History Research: A Beginner's Guide, to encourage and facilitate genealogical research by the general public. The guide was written and will continue to be updated by the Friends of Wrexham Cemetery's volunteer genealogy assistant.

Visitors to the cemetery office will find copies of the guide next to two computers generously provided by Wrexham City Council. Use of the computers, including access to Ancestry.com and FindMy Past.com is free.

Wrexham Cemetery guide and access.

Wrexham Cemetery guide and access.

Jayne Alton, chairperson of Friends of Wrexham Cemetery, said: "There is a great deal of history to be discovered in Wrexham Cemetery. We hope our new guide motivates people not only to learn more about their ancestors buried here or not, but also to visit the cemetery and walk the garden paths, noting the architecture, the symbols and sentiments on headstones.

"We have more than family history here. We have military history. History of occupations, of religions, of cultures. Wrexham Cemetery is an open-air museum if you think about it."

Cemetery and crematorium attendant, Adrian Howells, added: "I'm quite enthusiastic about the genealogy guide. When people come here, they enjoy telling the staff about their ancestors, but they also have many questions we haven't always been able to help with. Now visitors will be able to get some answers."

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The Wrexham Cemetery office is open April 1 to October 31, Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm (not including Bank Holidays) and weekends 10am-6pm, including Bank Holidays. From November 1 to March 31, the cemetery hours are 10am-4pm. The Ruabon Road entrance gate and the Bersham Road entrance gate are locked 15 minutes prior to the official closing time.

Friends of Wrexham Cemetery promotes the care, preservation, and improvement of Wrexham Cemetery as a place of historical value and interest and as a green space for the public benefit. The Friends hold special events throughout the year, including open days, walks, lectures, and will soon offer occasional individual genealogy appointments, all announced on the website: wrexhamcemeterystories.com/friends-wrexham-cemetery