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South Wales auto visit

We will be touring England and Wales for four weeks next year. My surname is Griffith and my ancestors came from Llanddewi Brefi, in Cardiganshire. My ancestor and his two brothers departed from there in 1716 for America. We wish to spend a couple of days in Cardiff, then down to Pembroke to see the castle and Tenby, where Jasper Tudor escaped during the War of the Roses. Then on to Llanddewi Brefi. I know it would be very remote to find any relations there, but does anyone have any suggestions on how I go about doing that?

Also, what other places of interest would be worth visiting in South Wales?

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Griffith is an incredibly common name in Wales so you will have potential relatives coming out of the woodwork, especially as 1716 is such a long way back!

Have you tried using some of the online ancestry sites, like They might be able to help you connect into the family trees of distant relatives.

In case you didn't know, the theory is that if your name is Griffith it means you are decended from the "royal" Gruffydd line. If your name is Griffiths (with the s) it means you are just decended from one of their servants.
I have no idea if this is true but I come from a north walean Griffith family that clings to the idea!

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I knew that Griffith was a common Welsh name. This link provides details on my ancestors.
The line goes back (from sources like ancestry) to Richard ap Rys Gruffudd around 1300. My ancestor that came to America was Griffith John Griffith.

We visited north Wales in 2013, including Conway Castle and loved it. I understand that the Norman church in Llanddewi Brefi is still there.

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St. Davids, which is not that far from Tenby, is a wonderful town with a beautiful cathedral. We spent three nights there and loved it. If you enjoy hiking, be sure to allow a day or two (or more) to hike along the coast of Pembrokeshire. It's astoundingly beautiful, and there are frequent buses so you don't have to back track.