Names and places found in Welsh genealogy can be difficult to understand and/or to find their location. The following text has served me on many occasions to help discover if such a place name really exist.
"A Gazetteer of Welsh Place - Names" it is called. [ A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary.] First published in 1957, it represents a revised work for the Ordnance Survey map system for Welsh place-names. In the introduction it states that the primary purpose was to serve as a guide to the orthography of Welsh place-names. [An orthography is the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage or the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols.] You can imagine the difficulty I had with the Welsh "proper letters" and the sounds of the Welsh language passing through my Kentucky born and Bluegrass raised brain.
At any rate, this text provided me a way to look-up a name and find where it was geographically located in Wales. What a help it was on those dark and stormy nights in my genealogical tree house.
The text was last published Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1967. Edited by Elwyn Davies.