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It has taken me two years to get this far in some cases very frustrating. I have created multiple strands in my tree covering both the male and female line back from myself.
For the Evans line I have got back to my great grandfather. With such a common surname it is only through knowing my grandfather's date of birth and obtaining the birth certificate and also marriage certificate that enables me to move forward. The transcriptions of the UK 1901 census has been good and confirms my knowledge. The Evans's come from Cemmaes in Montgomeryshire, Wales but there is a possibility of a migration from the town of Llanfair Caereinion to there in the previous generation. Census information from 1891, 1881 and 1851 is to some extent helpful but does not confirm other items.
I have found out from a cousin that my great grandfather was a soldier in both the Boer War (1900-1901) as he was not named in the 1901 census and also in the Great War of 1914-1918. I am not yet aware of which unit/battalion he was in "Welch Regiment", "South Wales Fusiliers" and the loss of war records is not helpful there.
From the 1880's onwards my Evans family move to the parish of Ystradyfodwg, around Tonyefail in South Wales. Coal mining is the occupation. With this they moved on again to the village of Cymmer which is in the Afan Valley working in Abercregan and possibly South Pit Glyncorrwg. The summer holidays were spent in a tent in a field in Kenfig, near Porthcawl. Eventually the family moved here although the eldest son married and lived in Nantyfyllon, near Maesteg.
Today the Evans family has spread further. I live in Berkshire. Of the five Evans brothers, the eldest and my father have both died. One brother lives somewhere in South Wales, another in Pembrokeshire and one in Liverpool.
Where the siblings of my grandfather and other ancestors of this line of Evans then I do not know. It will take much time and effort to make this complete.