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I began tracing my family history in 1983 while stationed in England with the United States Air Force. During my three years in England I visited various archives in England and Wales.

After my time in England I began studies at Brigham Young University and eventually finished a degree in Family and Community History. I started work at the Family History Library in 1991 as a British Reference Consultant. Bert Rawlins, Paul Smart and and others mentored me extending my education well beyond what was available at university. The opportunity to attend a course in Welsh family history at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth under the direction of John and Sheila Rowlands helped mold my passion for Welsh family history.

I took the genealogical accreditation test for England administered by ICAPGen and after a few years of recovery took the Wales accreditation test passing it also.

In 2004 I transferred from the Family History Library to Worldwide Support where we provided suport to family historians throughout the world. Our effort to develop started as a tool for providing better and more efficient research support.

In the fall of 2008 I transferred to the Collection Management team where priorities are set for acquiring and publishing digital records. A reorganization in December 2009 placed me on the Content Strategy team. My responsibilities have expanded from British to a much larger portion of the world's countries. Content Strategy helps FamilySearch prioritize records based on their ability to help researchers:

  • Connect to living memory
  • Locate ancestors by geography
  • Identify ancestors uniquely
  • Trace Ancestors
  • Trace descendants


Accredited Genealogist® in England

Accredited Genealogist® in Wales


  • Monumental inscriptions, Baran Welsh Independent Chapel, Llangyfelach
  • Monumental inscriptions, Capel y Gwrhyd, Llangiwg, Glamorgan
  • Monumental inscriptions, Saraon Independent Chapel, Rhydyfro, Glamorgan
  • Material for the Genuki website
  • Material for


  • Society of Genealogists
  • Guild of One-Name Studies
  • National Genealogical Society
  • ICAPGen
  • Glamorgan Family History Society
  • The Glamorgan History Society
  • Capel: The Chapels Heritage Society
  • Friends of the National Library of Wales

Lectures Presented

2000 Federation of Genealogical Societies

  • Records of the National Library of Wales in the Family History Library

2001 BYU Genealogy & Family History Conference

  • Special Circumstances in Doing Welsh Research

2003 BYU Genealogy & Family History Conference

  • Basic Scottich Research

2004 Federation of Family History Societies

  • Internet Sites for finding Emigrants from the British Isles

2005 BYU Genealogy and Family History Societies

  • Surnames in Genealogy: Problems & Solutions
  • Intermediate British Research

2005 British Institute sponsored by ISBGFH

  • Beginning Welsh Researchc

2006 BYU Family History & Genealogy Conference

  • Introduction to Welsh Research
  • Welsh Non-Conformist Records

2006 British Institute sponsored by ISBGFH

  • Intermediate Welsh Research
  • Newspapers and Periodicals

2007 British Institute sponsored by ISBGFH

  • Basic Records for Wales
  • Basic Tools for Welsh Research: Maps, Gazetteers, and Online Help
  • Pitfalls and Blessings of Tracing Welsh Ancestry
  • Strategies for Success

2008 UGA Institute

  • Welsh Court Records
  • Welsh Land & Property Records
  • Welsh marriage, Burial and Monumental Inscription Indexes
  • The National Library of Wales
  • Welsh Poor Law Records
  • Preparing for a Research Trip to Wales
  • Welsh Tax Records
  • Welsh Wills and other Probate Records

2009 Open The Door & Here Are The People: a family history conference in Nottingham England

  • Hidden Treasures in FamilySearch
  • The FamilySearch Wiki: new solutions for old problems

My Reading List

Michael Whitfield Foster. "A comedy of errors" or the marriage records of England and Wales 1837-1899 : throwing light for the first time on the story of the GRO records of the 19th century. Wellington, New Zealand : Michael W. Foster, 1998.

David Russell Barnes. People of Seion: Patterns of Nonconformity in Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire in the century preceding the Religious Census of 1851. Llandysul: Gomer Press, 1995.

R. M. & G. A. Benwell. Interpreting the Census Returns For Rural Anglesey And Llyn. Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions (Denbigh: Gee & Son, 1973), 111-136.

R. M. & G. A. Benwell. Interpreting the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts For Anglesey And Llyn. Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions (Denbigh: Gee & Son, 1975), 69-140.

Dafydd Ifans. Nonconformist Registers of Wales. Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales & Welsh County Archivists' Group, 1994.

David Jenkins. The Agricultural Community in South-West Wales at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1971.

Major Francis Jones. An Approach To Welsh Genealogy, The Transactions Of The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion Session 1948 (London: Honourable Society Of Cymmrodorion, 1949), 303-466.

Pedigree Chart
Joseph Coult
William Coult
Margaret Laundriken
Joseph Coult
Grandmother's Father
Elizabeth Hinton
Grandmother's Mother
Julia Coult
Mother's father
Mary Ann Osborn
Mother's mother