Neno’r Tad! Why haven’t you been in touch? Especially if you or your Family originally came from Anglesey.

My great uncle emigrated to Canada at the turn of the 20th Century and although he never, ever returned to Wales or the Island again, Welsh-Canadian members of his own family frequently have.

My Mum talks about taking one of her Canadian cousins to visit an elderly family member in Pengorffwysfa above Amlwch, while he was on leave during the Second World War.

For my Great Great Aunty Elin it was such a moving experience, as this was her only contact with her brother that she would ever have.

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So if you’re out there and you have memories to share or even questions to ask, then please do get in touch. I’m pretty well-connected. Socially and culturally Anglesey is a very small place.

If I can’t answer your questions then I probably know someone who does.

  • Maybe you’d like to know if the old house is standing?

  • Maybe you want to know if the family is still living in the area?

  • Maybe you just want to turn a vague memory into something quite real?

  • Maybe you just want to know how things have changed in the interim?

  • Maybe there’s an old family grave you want checked out?

  • As I said to someone in Pengorphwysfa yesterday while I was checking out my Great Great Aunty Elin’s old shop, Siop Herbert.

    “If you Don’t Ask Then You’ll Never Know.”



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    You need to go back a decade or so now, but it was a regular Thursday afternoon event in the National Eisteddfod for Welsh people from across the World to be welcomed back formally and warmly.

    These people were known as Y Cymry Alltud (trans. ‘Welsh Exiles’) and they would be gathered together en masse on the stage of the National Eisteddfod. Their nations would be called out and they would rise to be greeted with rapturous applause.

    It never cames as a surprise that when the Master of Ceremonies – usually Mr R Alun Evans – called out for those from Yr Unol Daleithiau about half those gathered on stage would rise to their feet.

    Always a bit of humour attached to this, as we all tried to guess how many people would stand up this year.

    Near the end of the ceremony Mr Evans always called out - anticipating the inevitable - "Are there any other exiles from overseas?"

    A voice would ALWAYS, ALWAYS call out from the crowd:


    By the way, ’Yr Unol Daleithiau’ is the United States of America.

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    Hundreds of Welsh families migrated to the USA in the mid-1800’s to seek out better living conditions and better opportunities for themselves and their children. Many headed straight for Pennsylvania and the coal mines.

    Though most of these people never returned home to Wales the connection remained strong as they conducted their own Eisteddfodau and maintained the traditions of chapel-going.

    Many of their descendant great great grandchildren have been regular visitors to Anglesey and Wales.

    Those from Australia and Canada would also rise to their feet to be greeted with equal warmth. Many people came back again and again. The older we get then these questions of family history and identity become more important.

    There were more. Singapore, New Zealand, a much appreciated group from the Welsh Homeland(Gwladfa) in Patagonia and I believe we once had an exile return from Tristan da Cuna.

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    The Solo Build It software that I use to build my site advises me in detail that Anglesey Hidden Gem is being viewed across the World.

    I think that this is absolutely brilliant and I thank you all for taking the time to have a quick gander (look) at my site.

    I don’t think that there’s any doubt about it by now. You know that I’m Welsh and love my country, as I love being British. I have my own unique language and culture within Great Britain and am immensely proud of this.

    I’m certain that whatever the distance between us that you are equally proud of your heritage.

    So, do get in touch by CLICKING HERE

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    I have received emails from a new friend in New Zealand who was brought up in my Home town of Llangefni. It is brilliant!

    We have shared memories of the places that we each used to play with our respective childhood gangs.

    Do get in touch and I will do my very best to put you in contact with people you knew and even visit your favourite places for you.

    I'll even send you photographs - if things haven't changed too much.

    If you'd like to, then please write in Welsh. Ysgrifennwch yn y Gymraeg os ydych eisiau.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


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    Reflections of Christmas 
    In the late 50s in Llangefni for a lot of people times were still hard. We would have saved all year at the chapel savings club, the week the money was …

    Dear Wil Easter on Anglesey in the late fifties was still a time when we went clapping for eggs to local farms and the farmers were usually generous. …

    Another happy time in Llangefni was Easter. In those days I speak about the late 50s and early 60s, it was still usual for children to go clapping …

    Llangefni British School 
    Hi Wil Unlike the Terible Twins I enjoyed myself at Ysgol British Llangefni. Having read their exploits I expect I was better behaved (bit of …

    Capel Lon y Felin 
    Hi Wil Another part of my happy childhood in Llangefni was going to chapel. Ours was Capel Lon y Felin. It was seen then as a poor relation to Moriah …

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    Prynhawn Da, Glad that my little piece about Llangefni stirred a few memories for others as well. The market days were very important in Llangefni. …

    Dear Wil What a great website. Thank you for so many memories. Having been brought up in Llangefni but not having returned for some years I think …

    When we Pencraig boys decided what we were doing today, 'The Marshes' was a long day. I am vague as to how we got there. Possibly via the street that …

    The Dingle 
    I'm from Llangefni and I lived in Isgraig, then moved "Upmarket" to Maeshyfryd as the family expanded. Then later, as my older sisters and Brother married …

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    Dear Gentle Reader and Old Friends out there, Do you also remember this? Always in the Summer the trucks, generators, irons and ropes would appear …

    Cae Sêl y Gwartheg. Llangefni Cattle Stockyard 
    Thursday, dydd Iau, and cattle market day. Yippee!! Cows, moch (pigs), ieir (chickens), defaid (sheep) a buchod mawr (big cows). It was a busy place, …

    Llangefni Markets 
    Annwyl Wil Once again thank you for your great website. Diolch am hanesion difyr. So glad my little piece about Llangefni brought back happy memories …

    Atgofion - Memories 
    Dear Readers, I have translated Emyr's message into English for you and placed it below, because I know a couple of friends out there in the world …

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    Thanks for many hours of your web site. Not many of us left now. I am 81 years old now I have visited Amlwch …

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