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Janice Edwards, Founding Vice President, Exec. Secretary & Editor
Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc. (WAGS)

      Owner of Cartref Taid® (Grandfather's House),  Janice has earned A.A. and B.A. degrees from  a Vermont environmental studies liberal arts college.  She has extensive knowledge and experience in events organizing, publishing, journalistic and manuscript writing, as well as in academic research + development, sales + marketing.  During her career, Janice has worked for the governmental sectors in criminal law and municipal government; in the private corporate sectors industry in sales as well as in collegiate institutions in Welsh heritage, alumni and institutional development.  Her community contributions are many and diverse.
        "Research of the various lines of my ancestry has been an interesting, on-going journey encompassing 40+ years of my life to-date in which I have enjoyed three trips to Wales, several to Canada and one to France and have established many friendships which I cherish.  In 2010, the help of two WAGS members, of a distant cousin in the tree and friends from North West Wales as well as links has enabled me to begin to unravel a 40-year old mystery regarding my Nain's paternal side of the tree (Griffith and Evans) in Penisa'rwaun, Llanddeiniolen from the houses of Glasgoed, Erw Bian, Rhoswian, Ffynnon Cegin Arthur (Glyn Arthur), Ty Newydd and many others connecting further back in history into the early tribes of Wales through the Rhosbothan, Llanedwen tree (pg 117 Griffiths Pedigrees) to Rhodri Mawr ap Merfyn who became King of Gwynedd, Powys and Deheubarth and Owain Gwynedd, Prince of Wales detailed in Griffiths Pedigrees and other recognized historical sources to the early beginnings of life in Wales.  The trees also intertwine with those of Charles, Prince of Wales, and of the Tudor Dynasty. The research work of many years by Brenda Jones, a distant cousin who is resident in Wales has established that link to the Rhosbothan, Llanedwen ancestry.  'One couple marries and many families are intertwined,' is a statement I strongly believe in and have stated previously (see GFHS Roots, pg. 37, Vol. 2, No. 59, Winter 2010.)  Special acknowledgements are extended to the following friends and family who have assisted me in recently breaking through some of these barriers: Dr. John Hywel Roberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian Scotland and Penygroes, North Wales, John Alan and Eluned Roberts, Penygroes, Wales, Gweno and Emyr Parry, Caernarvon, Wales, Ieuan Williams, Bethel, Wales (Gwynedd FHS), Brenda Jones, Llanwnda, Wales, Helen T. Hoffnagle, Hudson Falls, New York (USA) and Martha Davies, Y Drych Columnist for both Ninnau and WAGS at the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, Wymore, Nebraska (USA). A mystery pertaining to the origins of my Nain's maternal heritage in Bethesda, North Wales is still to be resolved, that being my Edwards heritage through my ancestor, Edward Robert Edwards, born there 22 September, 1807. 
         Recent developments have also enabled me to begin to unravel more information about my Taid's ancestry (Jones, Williams and Roberts) to Deniolen (Ebenezer), Caernarvonshire, to Penrhoslligwy, Anglesey, to Conwy in North West Wales as well as to Rhuddlan in North East Wales and to have recently connected with a distant cousin researcher of the Williams tree, Maggie Kennedy in Llanerchymedd, Wales.  
Another research mystery I am have undertaken regards to another branch of my ancestry to the family of Isreal T. Rice, b. 1822 in Eaton, Quebec, Canada who died in 1889 in Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire, a family I have now learned emigrated to the USA from South Wales prior to 1750.  This family also descends from families included in Griffiths Pedigrees including an ancestor buried at St. David's Cathedral." 
     Janice's primary historical research interests involve the family, the community, Vermont as well as Welsh world history through the promotion of the accomplishments of historic and contemporary individuals and subjects.  An accredited Vermont State College's scholar, researcher, writer and historian in "Genealogical Research",  "Welsh in Vermont" and "Welsh in America,"  she has been student of several History and English professors including the late Dr. Phillips G. Davies, the late Gwilym R. Roberts as well as of editors Dr. Arturo L. Roberts of NINNAU and Mary Morris Mergenthal of Y Drych, of Welsh actor John Ogwen, of Welsh televison documentary producer John Pierce Jones in the "Welsh in New York" series aired on S4-C network in Wales, of WCAX (CBS affiliate) television documentary producer William F. (Bill) Croney, of WVNR/AM-WNYV/FM radio producer Judith E. Leech, of NINNAU & BFHS Genealogist/Columnist, the late Annie Lloyd and several Vermont historians.
    Janice  is author of many articles and photographs published in NINNAU - The North American Welsh Newspaper®, Y DRYCH, The American Organ of the Welsh People, the Granville Sentinel, Lakes Region Free Press, Sam's Good News , the Rutland Herald and Green Mountain Express, Rutland Tribune, Mountain Times, Poultney Journal, Vermont News Guide, Post Star, Business Journals in Vermont and New York as well as in books and magazines including Vermont Encyclopedia, Burke's Peerage and Gentry, Barddas, Our Welsh Heritage, and Songs of Praises -Welsh rooted Churches Beyond Britain. She is webmaster for the website of the Welsh American Genealogical Society (WAGS) and past webmaster of the Poultney Historical Society site.  She is editor of hard copy newsletters for several organizations including WAGS and Poultney Area St. David's Society, Inc. as well as of their internet newsletters and she is author of Poultney Life (C), Y Cysylltiad Cymreig o Vermont (The Welsh Connection from Vermont), her published column found in local newspapers.
        Janice is scholar and author of several copyrighted and accredited manuscripts including biographies of historic achievers: George Jones (New York Times), Anna Katharine Green (women's mystery writer), Julia Caroline (Ripley) Dorr (authoress, poetess) and Ephraim George Squier (journalist, author, diplomat, archeologist, Charge D'Affairs to Central America, United States Commissioner to Peru). Jones and Dorr were Vermont residents; Dorr, Green and Squier were alumni/ae of Troy Conference Academy in Poultney and Jones, is a native-born son in Poultney of Welsh parents.  She has also written scholarly article entitled, "The Welsh Ancestry of President Thomas Jefferson".
         In addition to Janice's devotion as a volunteer to WAGS as a founding officer, she actively shares her knowledge and energy as a member and friend in the:  Poultney Area St. David's Society, Inc. of which she is a founding officer and to many other Welsh and community organizations including the National Welsh American Foundation, Welsh North American Association (formerly named Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association), Cymdeithas Madog, Welsh Heritage Week, family history societies in Wales, Poultney Chamber of Commerce and several chapels.
        "It has been very rewarding to work with Dr. Arturo L. Roberts and the other WAGS volunteers to achieve twenty-five years of history and life for WAGS as well as for the many friendships established and knowledge I've gained.  To every family researcher, I would encourage you to record your heritage and document your sources.  It is important for you to outline the foundations of your family in order to help your family to understand how they may fit into our ever-changing global jig-saw puzzle."

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