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What are the physical characteristics of Welsh people?

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Some physical characteristics of Welsh people include dark hair and fair skin, traits that hearken back to Celtic and Iberian roots. While the Celts gave height to their descendants, the Welsh received their dark hair from their Iberian ancestors.

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Studies show that the Welsh are one of the most genetically distinct groups of people in the United Kingdom, characteristics that the Welsh brought to the United States during mass migrations throughout the 1700s and 1800s. Between 1680 and 1720, Welsh Quakers settled parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware. More migrated to Utah between 1840 and 1870 due to Mormon missionary work.

Welsh are not only distinguished by physical characteristics, but by mental characteristics as well, such as sentimentality and family attachments. Even those Welsh who migrated from Wales have a permanent attachment to the old country and extended family, tracing relationships to the most distant of relatives.

The Welsh are known for their church-building. Religion is important to them, and churches symbolize the Welsh spiritual center and way of life. The Welsh started building churches upon first settling in America in their towns in Pennsylvania and New York. By 1839, they had established 46 churches, a number that increased to 400 in just over 30 years.

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