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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

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
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

Williams Family of Llangiwg, Glamorgan, Wales
Pedigree Chart
Grandfather's Father
William Williams
Grandfather's Mother
David Williams
Thomas Daniel David
Margaret Thomas
Grandmother's Mother
Noah Williams
b: 1854 Llangiwg, Glamorgan, Wales
d: 1914 Chester, Fremont, Idaho
Thomas William
Noah Williams
Grandmother's Mother
Matilda Williams
Howell Llewelyn
Hannah Howel
Mary Hopkin