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Friday, 29 April 2016

The twenty-fifth step in my A-Z of quirky ancestor antics - Y is for Ysciefiog

This is the quirky name of a small rural town in the County of Flint in Wales. According to Wikipedia, the word "Ysciefiog" means "a place where elder trees grow". My great-grandfather was born there mid-summer on 11 June 1867, as shown on his birth certificate:

James Walter KINGSBURY with daughter, Essie
About 1894

A few photos taken by me when I visited the town in June 2012.


  1. What a weird name! I've never even heard of it but then I'm discovering a lot of that as I trawl Clare names.

  2. Some great place names in Clare.