Welcome

Does genealogy research interest you?

– Do you want help discovering your family history?
– Do you know where to find information about your ancestors?
– Do you know how to find what you are looking for?

You are probably wondering who can help you with all of your questions.

About Me Owain CouchOwain Couch
The Genealogy Guide founder

Well, let Owain be your guide as he helps you to discover your ancestors while you build your family tree.

Check out the site to get the guidance that you need!


How Can This Site Help You?

I have learned so much about my ancestors. And this has been possible due to the kindness of fellow historians and experts. Because of this generosity I wanted to create this site so that I could give back to the genealogy world, and help others to trace their family history.

1.

Know where to look
Learn how and where to find information

2.

Become efficient
Learn how to organize your research

3.

Save time & money
Use simple methods to save your resources

4.

Smash brick walls
Get tips to find your elusive ancestor

5.

Pass on legacy
Discover how to preserve your ancestry

Take advantage of what this site has to offer, and let The Genealogy Guide show you the way!


What Can You Discover Here?

Genealogy doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby. And that is why I want to show you the latest genealogy deals and bargains. Besides that, there are many free resources available that you can take advantage of.

Within the site, you will also find helpful guides, tips, and product reviews discussing various genealogy products, tools, and services.

There is a lot of great information to be found here to help you on your genealogy journey!


What Are Other People Saying?

The Genealogy Guide prides itself on offering information that is easy to find and understand. I am pleased to say that these efforts have been recognized within the genealogy field.

Find My Family Stories

Laurene Cross, Find My Family StoriesOwain’s website, The Genealogy Guide, is packed with tons of information about how to discover and document your family history. He provides the information and resources for both the beginner and advanced researcher to guide people on their search for their compelling family stories and unique ancestral tree.

LAURENE CROSS, Owner, Find My Family Stories


Want to learn the steps to research your ancestry?

How to Trace Your Genealogy and Family History

These are the steps that you can follow…

Check out my 9 simple step guide


Thank You and Please Leave A Comment

I hope you find The Genealogy Guide website both helpful and useful. If you have any queries, comments or questions then please comment below or contact me.

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  2. Hey Owain, its my friends birthday soon, her name is emma can you please say happy birthday to her. shes a big fan of yours!!!

  3. My mom absolutely LOVES genealogy, I’m going to have to share this website with her. She even took a college class on it and did the whole 23andme thing.

    1. That’s great Rachel. Genealogy is a wonderful hobby, learning all about your ancestors and where they came from. It can be quite addictive.

      Thank you for sharing this site with her. That is very kind of you. Please if there is any one else that you think that can benefit from this site then share with them also.

      Please also refer your mum to my Where To Upload Raw DNA Data For Free post. There will she get even more results from her DNA absolutely free.

  4. Oh this looks so interesting. My Mum had started looking into our family tree. She found a few relatives that lived close to her that she hadn’t even known about. The site she was previously using got a little expensive and she stopped, but everything is on her computer. I like this site and the tips you share. Think I will direct her here to see if she can get back into it using the 10 step guide. I wondered whether a page could be added for folk who could post their own questions about their families, or share their success stories. Everyone loves a good story.

    1. Hi Tabsmark,

      Thank you for the compliment and suggestion. That is a great idea.

      There is plenty of useful guides and tips here that will help her. During the 20 months or so since I first started this site I have covered many topics concerning genealogy. So if there’s anything that interests your mum then chances are that it will be here.

  5. Hi Owain! I am so happy that I found this website as it is very informative! My sister and I took a test about a year ago, and it was fascinating! You see, she is my half sister, so I was able to figure what traits came from my Dad’s side compared to my Mom’s. One question I have always wondered about as both of my parents are no longer living is, do any of these tests over the internet take hair samples? Thank you.

    1. That’s a really interesting question Colleen. Thank you for asking it.

      From what I have discovered there are DNA tests that do take hair tests. But what I have seen it is only for paternity, and so not for tracing your ‘roots’ as such, lol.

  6. Great website! This should generate some interest as it has mine. I will most certainly share this site with family members that I know have long been talking about doing a family search.

    Supposedly, our family goes way back to the late 1800’s and the Royalty of Spain. I don’t know but this may just be the key that opens doors. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your comment Xavier. That is interesting about your family history. I have not yet explored Spanish ancestry but I do intend do, (as well as other European countries), in the future.

      Please though check out the rest of this site as there will be useful information, guides and tips that will help you with your genealogy research.

  7. Hello Owain,I remember one of my uncle did search our family tree, and he couldn’t go further than the sixteen century. I just wonder if it’s would be to go further?
    this is in France

    Thank you
    Happy new year

    Best,

    1. Hi Joel,

      Thanks for the query. I have checked this out and have found a couple of sources that will help you. If you go to Family Search and scroll down to the bottom you will see a useful table that shows all sorts of records and when they date from. There are some that date before the 1600s. Underneath that table is a list of links that can help your search.

      Also, I have found Global Photograph Index which is free on Ancestry. It maybe hit and miss but it could help you.

      I wish you all the best with your family history research.

  8. Huge help! There is just so muchts site. I just don’t know where to start.

    You offer so much advice and help on everything that is genealogy. I cannot wait to start to trace my family tree.

    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Josh,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving the compliment. Yes genealogy is such a big hobby. There is just so many different avenues of research. I have tried to cover all of them on this site, but if there is something that I haven’t covered then please feel free to comment or contact me personally.

      Please check out my Ten Step Guide. That’ll help you get you on your way.

      All the best with your genealogy research.

  9. Awesome site, I was always very interested in genealogy!

    I have tried to search things about my last name and where they come from but nothing to find!

  10. Owain,
    I always thought of doing up my genealogy but never knew how to go about it. All the ideas and suggestions that you are giving in the various articles will be a tremendous help to anyone wanting help to set up such a website. I am impressed with the amount of info you have on this site. Nice! Keep up the good work.

    “If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
    – Michael Crichton

    1. Thank you Bosco for dropping by and leaving a comment. I do cover a lot of different genealogy topics and you will find plenty on this site.

      At present I have written 182 posts. I have just scratched the surface and I have plenty more to write about.

      You can subscribe to my mailing list which will keep you informed when new posts are available.

  11. Hello there

    This is very nice website that you have. I love the way it is so clean with the layout and a joy to see.

    The pictures really tell the story and I love what your are doing and thank you for this.

    Warmest regards,
    Paul

    1. Thank you very much Paul for your kind comments. That is most kind of you. I have worked hard on this site. I have tried to cover as many areas of genealogy as I could whilst also make it easy to navigate, interesting to read and easy to follow.

      Thank you again,
      Owain

  12. Hello Owain
    A very powerful professional website with a very separate but interesting topic, finally, everything starts with family and your history.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Hope. I am glad that you like my site. You will find plenty of useful guides and tips here, as well as reviews for genealogy software, DNA test kits and sites. And I also cover the origins of many special family days.

  13. Hi, I found your site very helpful and it has led me to the right places for me to continue to do my family history research.Much appreciated thanks.

    1. You’re quite welcome Peter. I cover plenty of topics on here so I am glad that you find my site helpful.

      All the best for your genealogy research.

    1. Thanks very much Pablo. My aim with the site is to not only provide useful information but that it can be found quick and easy on the site too. I’m glad that you like the site.

  14. Owain, you have a great well thought out website on Genealogy and if it wasn’t for the fact that I have been researching my own family history for nearly 20 yrs now I would take advantage of the things offered. I have even had my DNA taken.
    Best wishes
    Carol

  15. Susan J. From Spokane, WA

    Owain, I really like it already the way it is, but you could re-valve some of the chosen pictures to keep everything fresher ever 3-4 months and add other advertisers like Scrap booking or a genealogy Books, and crafting tools to make the Ancestors Geneology Book fancier for the other Members to pass down to their children that tell the story of your families life history and how they came to america. Teach this to your readers too. Each Geneology Book can be Uniquely Theirs.

    1. Thank you Susan for your comments. I do want to add a new section in the future that will look at genealogy supplies and products. Keep checking back as I do have big plans for the site.

  16. Hi Owain, you have done a wonderful job on your site! Very informative and well laid out! I will definitely refer people here who are looking search their family history. Love it!

    1. Thank you Tracey for the compliment. Since creating this site over a year ago I have added so many guides and tips to help the family historian. There is just so much more that I can cover so keep checking back for more useful advice.

  17. Aquinda Woodrum

    Very nice!! There is just so much information here I just don’t know where to begin, I will be back to visit more closely. You did a great job!
    Aquinda

    1. Thank you Aquinda,

      There is plenty of useful guides and tips on this site. If you beginning your genealogy journey then I might suggest that you check out my Ten Step Guide. It will put you right on your way to discovering your family history. All the best.

  18. Barbara Whitehead

    Owain I love your site, so much information and links to helpful software and other information. You have done a very professional job. Well done.

    1. Thank you very much Barbara for your kind comment. I absolutely love researching my family history and I really like helping other people research their ancestry.

  19. Your website is well thought out and articulated. Amazing job. i really like it. Thank you for inviting me to have this experience. Fee King

    1. You’re quite welcome Fee. I have tried to make the site as organized and easy to use as possible. I will continue to do so as I add more and more helpful posts to the site.

    1. Thanks very much Ed. I have written over 100 posts so far, but I feel that I have only scratched the surface. I have so many ideas on what to add to the site. Keep checking back regularly for some very interesting posts 🙂

  20. Hello Owain
    Great site I can visit here all day and more, so I bookmarked for further visits, well done and all
    success to you further along.
    Gary

  21. I hadn’t thought of where to even begin to search for my ancestry. This site looks incredibly inforamative, interesting and useful too. Thanks for the information.

    1. Thank you Aracelis. I have covered many different topics about genealogy. There is just so much information out there that we can find about our ancestors. The trouble is where and how to find it.

      That is where this site comes in. Not only do I provide useful guides and tips but you will also find reviews for products and services that will help you on your genealogy journey. Check out my Ten Step Guide to get you started on your journey.

  22. This is a great website. I hope that you continue and keep up the good work!!!

    I am definitely certainly going to share this with my family members.

    Thank you.

    1. It’s my pleasure Vishal. I am glad that you like my site. I have put in my heart and soul into it. It has been a labor of love. Keep checking this site a I am always adding more content.

  23. Very interesting site! My family clan actually has an ancestor book jotting down everyone names and certain generation have one same word in their name besides the surname. However, come to my generation, this is lost.

    1. Hi Wendy, that’s great that your clan has an ancestor book. It must be interesting to see the names of your ancestors. Is there any other details in the book?

  24. This is a great collection of advice and tips for researching your genealogy. I’ve always wanted to do this but have never found the time. These ideas have inspired me to start looking into it more. I have heard that my family has some of this started already and I’m looking forward to diving in. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

    1. That’s great Shannon that your family has already begun researching your ancestry. That will save you a lot of time finding and collecting information. To begin you can ask your relatives for all the information that they have on your ancestor and take it from there. All the best to you on your genealogy journey.

  25. Hi Owain,
    I find your website very interesting. I will surely share your site to my friends and family.

    Cheers
    Jeannett

  26. Thank you so much for this awesome information. I have searched for my family history before thru some sites but the costs were too high so had to put it to rest. I am going to bookmark your site and come back for more. Thank you again.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Merry. Through my site you will get practical and sound advice on how to start and progress with your family history. Enjoy the journey.

    1. Thanks Magdalene for dropping by. I am adding new guides, tips and reviews all the time. Also, I cover many different topics within genealogy so there will be something here that will interest you.

  27. Hi Owain, your site is beautiful, very rich with resources and easy to read. I don’t know much about my own family history past my grandparents on either side of my family. As an African American I really would like to my family’s origin in this country and even back to Africa and you provide some great material for my research. I will definitely be coming back! Thank

    1. At present I have given a general approach to tracing your ancestry. In time I will become more specific and will provide guidance for country specific questions. I am glad that you like the site. Thank you.

  28. This site is amazing packed full of information that is helpful and useful.. What an interesting topic to people who are interested in knowing how to get information on their family history. I will be back to visit often and thank you for creating this.I will share this site with my friends and family.

    1. Genealogy is such an interesting hobby. You can find out so many wonderful things about your family, who your ancestors were, where they lived, what they did for a living and more. You can also share what you have found out by writing a book or creating a photo book.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing.

  29. I love your site I have wanted to research my family history for some time but, like you stated it can be daunting to say the least. I especially like the ten steps that you can included to discover your own family history. The tools are just and added bonus great site and I plan on book marking for when I start my search.

    1. You just need to know where to start which is why I created the ten step guide can help you to discover your genealogy. I plan to make this site the go to place to help you and anyone with their family history no matter what stage of the journey they are at

  30. What an excellent site. You have put in much effort and commitment into building it.

    You step by step guide is excellent guidance to get started searching your family history.

    You provide numerous sources to be able to utilize searching.

    My favorite part about your site is the dedicated family days. I did not realize there were as many as there is and I thought that was great.

    I will be surely bookmarking your site as my family genealogy has always interested me. And I want to begin sharing the special family days with my family.

    Thanks for providing such a great site.

    All the best,

    JRay

    1. Thank you so much. Your comments mean a lot to me. I want to provide a site that can be informative and useful as well. I feel that the ten step guide is a good way to conduct your family history. It helps you get the most out of your research.

      As this is a family oriented site I thought it was a good idea to include a section about all the special family days there are during the year. I just didn’t know how many there were when I started writing this section.

      Once again thank you for the compliments and all the best for your genealogy research.

      Owain

  31. Hello Owain =)

    This is a very interesting site and a few of my family members are really interested in doing the family tree.

    I will get them to check out your site!

    I really like the effort and energy you’ve put into this site, I trust you will help many people =)

    Thanks

    1. Hello Lawrence,

      Thank you for finding my site interesting and sharing it with your family. I have certainly put a lot of effort into it. I want to create a site that is informative and helpful with my guides, tips and reviews.

      Thanks,
      Owain

  32. Owain, your site is awesome! I hope to use some of your resources soon. Unfortunately, most of what I thought I knew about my family is un true. Those who know seem to want little from me. I still want to know. It’s great to have pride in where you come from, yet I would feel great to know anything at all. Thanks for your great service. I’ll be back soon.

    1. I am glad that I can be of service to you. There is plenty on the site already to get you started.

      Hopefully in time your family will open more to you and you can document it. You can assure them if you wish that the information will not go public.

      All the best with your genealogy research.

  33. Owain, I am most certainly going to share your site with my brother, who is very interested in family history. I love the fact that you expanded it to include Special Family Days, which I will most certainly use. Your site is informative and I’ll be using it from time to time. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for sharing. I want to pack this genealogy site with so much genealogy information. As it is a family site I thought it would be quite interesting to include all the special family days. I couldn’t believe just how many there were when I started the section.

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