In January 2019, Dr. Arturo L. Roberts announced that the collections of genealogy-related publications, history of many genres, artifacts and documents of the Welsh-American Genealogical Society (WAGS), which are available to anyone interested in searching their Welsh roots, began reorganization to facilitate access to these resources and to assure their integrity in perpetuity.
Dr. Arturo L. Roberts, founding President of the Society said that the main collection started when WAGS was founded in 1990. It is housed at the WAGS offices in Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont. With its continued growth, the collection now calls for larger space.
Janice Edwards, Curator of the collection and WAGS Vice President and Secretary, explained that this reorganization is being carried out in three steps. In Phase I completed during 2017 and 2018 with the help of Martha Davies, mid-western states history documents were moved to the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, located in Wymore, Nebraska in its “Archive For Welsh America”. This institution, under the direction of Gwenith C. Golgrove, provides the technical and physical resources to take custody of that portion of the collection placed in their care.
Now the Society is focused on Phase II, its ever-growing New England, New York and New Jersey states collection, and plans to relocate it to a publicly accessible site in the Poultney area. Options for this phase are undergoing review and fund-raising.
Phase III of the collection reorganization will affect items linked to other regions of the world besides the USA.