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 wiki.familysearch.org 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 wiki.familysearch.org
- Society of Genealogists
- Guild of One-Name Studies
- National Genealogical Society
- Glamorgan Family History Society
- The Glamorgan History Society
- Capel: The Chapels Heritage Society
- Friends of the National Library of Wales
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.
Coult Family of Inworth and Maldon Essex, England
Williams Family of Llangiwg, Glamorgan, Wales