Welcome

New to genealogy or are you a seasoned family historian? The Genealogy Guide can help you no matter what your level of experience is. There is plenty of advice here to help you trace your ancestry.

Everyone needs guidance at some point to show the way on their family history journey. So please let me, Owain, be that guide for you as you discover your ancestors and uncover your roots.

Here, you will find useful guides, tips and reviews. It’s jam-packed full of guidance for you.

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  • Genealogy software programs,
  • Genealogy search sites,
  • DNA testing kits,
  • Books and magazines,
  • Classes, courses and programs,
  • Webinars and podcasts,
  • Historic newspaper archives,
  • And much, much more!

I hope you find the site easy to use and that you find the information that you are looking for. If not then please comment below or contact me.


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Free Genealogy

Free Genealogy Guides & Resources:

  • Books – 1000s of genealogy books are available to you for free which can greatly help with your research.
  • Classes – Learn from the experts via presentations and webinars.
  • DNA Resources – Learn what DNA help you can get once you have got your results.
  • Forms and Charts – Discover where to download free genealogy forms and charts.
  • Sites – Discover where you can find your ancestors records on free genealogy search websites.
  • Paid Sites – Yes, you can access some genealogical records for free at the paid subscription sites.
  • And much, much more!





Genealogy Guide and Tips

Helpful Genealogy Guides & Tips:

  • An Introduction to Family History – Just getting started into the world of genealogy? Get helpful advice on what this hobby is all about here.
  • Old Family Photos – Learn how your old family photographs can help you discover your ancestors.
  • Preserve Your Family Treasures – Do you what family heirlooms that you have at home? Do you know what is the best way that you can preserve them for future generations? Learn what you can do to protect the past.
  • Research Your Family History – Learn about your family’s coat of arms, your name and surname. Find out how to discover your war ancestors, break down brick walls and what you can discover from census records.
  • Write and Publish Your Family History – Get practical help with how to write your own family history book.

My Personal Top Genealogy Tips!


Ten Step Guide

10 Steps To Start Your Family History:

  1. Start With Yourself – Do you know what information you already have right at your fingertips? Do you know the origins of your surname?
  2. Ask Your Relatives – Your family can be a great help when it comes to finding out more about your ancestors. The best thing about this step is that it is totally FREE!
  3. Write What You Have So Far – Make sense of all the collected information by writing up all that you have learned thus far. How do you do that? Find out here.
  4. Concentrate On An Individual – Don’t lose direction with your research. Follow your family tree branches and discover each family member in turn before you move on to the next.
  5. Search Online – Discover what genealogy sites that you can visit to find out more about your ancestors.
  6. Research Where Your Ancestor Lived – Discovering where your ancestors came from can give you a sense of appreciation of their lives and what they went through.
  7. Visit Archives and Family History Society – Your local archives and family history society can give you invaluable guides and advice as how to explore the area in which your ancestor lived. And they can show you what information that they have about your ancestors as well.
  8. Enter Your Collected Information – You will need a genealogy software program to enter all of your collected information and start to your build your tree. Find out which program is best for you here.
  9. Visit Your Ancestors Area – Actually visiting where your ancestors grew up and live can help you take it all in. Just what the place looked like or may have looked like. It just gives you a stronger connection between you and them.
  10. Repeat The Steps – Simple, repeat all that you have learned and apply it to your next ancestor.

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Genealogy Resources and Tools

Resources & Tools Available To You:

  • DNA Genealogy Testing – Discover what DNA genealogy testing is all about and how it can help you. Learn which DNA testing company is right for you as I review each of them.
  • Family History Books and Downloads – Guidebooks can help us learn how to get the most out of a genealogy program, website or service. They can also help us discover our roots as well.
  • Family History Magazine – There are a number of genealogy magazines available that look at our ancestors and what life was like for them. They provide practical guides and tips that help us get the most out of our research.
  • Genealogy Classes, Courses & Programs – Get valuable help from genealogy classes, courses as well as programs as well.
  • Genealogy Search Websites – Learn what sites that you can use to find records about your ancestors. Discover which ones you have to pay for and which ones are FREE!
  • Genealogy Software – Computer programs help us to create and build our family tree effortlessly. Which one is right for you? Find out here.
  • Genealogy Webinars & Podcasts – Getting help from the experts can really be that push that you need to get your family history research back on track. Find out what webinars and podcasts are out there that will surely be of help to you.
  • Historic Newspaper Archive – Old newspaper archives featuring your ancestors are available. They could be wedding announcements, discuss incidents at their workplace or even brushes with the law.

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Dates and Events

Dates & Events That Are Important To Us:

  • Genealogy and Family History – Find out dates that censuses were carried out for the United States and the United Kingdom, and other days that are special to genealogy and family history.
  • Military and Defense Holidays – There are many days of the year that we set aside for our military ancestors. Learn all these days here.
  • Origins of the Holidays – Do you know the origins behind days such as Halloween or Thanksgiving? Find out the fascinating history of these days and more.
  • Religions and Saints – Did you even know that a saint was dedicated to practically any occupation that your ancestor did? Learn about these days and also patron saints of countries as well.
  • Special Family Days – Do you know how many days are set aside for family? Well find out here as I will show them all and the history behind them.

Thank You and Please Leave A Comment

I hope that you do find The Genealogy Guide website both helpful and useful. If you think that this site will be helpful to others then please share it with your friends and family by using the social media buttons below.

If you have any questions or comments then please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

87 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Marisa

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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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    2. dawn harvey

      Owain, This site is very informative and I will use it often. I am interested in knowing my family history and you have alot of useful information. Thanks

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      1. Owain Post author

        That’s great. Please check out the site often as I am often new helpful information all the time.

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  2. Sam

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  3. Lawrence Gregory

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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

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  4. JRay

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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

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  5. Rosie

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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

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  6. Dawn Harvey

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  7. Horace

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      You are most welcome. Hope you find the guides and tips to be most useful for your genealogy research.

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thanks Robert for dropping by and liking the site. Please check it as there is plenty of guides, tips and reviews that will be helpful to you.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  8. Merry

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  9. Jeannett

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

    Cheers
    Jeannett

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thanks Jeannett. I have amassed a wealth of information here. I am to post every few days and that doesn’t look likely to slow down.

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  10. Chris

    Well if I need someone to trace my family tree I now know where to go
    Thank you for the info

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thanks Chris. I don’t though trace people’s family trees but I do offer guidance. Please check out my Ten Step Guide to begin your family history journey.

      Reply
  11. Shannon

    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! 🙂

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

      Reply
  12. wendy

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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?

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  13. vishal

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  14. Aracelis Vega

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  15. Debbie

    Hey Owain,

    Great site, full of wonderful information. I will definitely share this site with family and friends.

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you Debbie, that’s kind of you to share my site with your family and friends.

      Reply
  16. Gary de La Cruz

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you Gary for your kind words. Pleas share with friend and family as well.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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 🙂

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  17. Brady

    Thanks for such an information rich website Owain! I am starting my tree tonight!

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  18. Fee King

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  19. 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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  20. 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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  21. Tracey

    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!

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  22. Susan J. From Spokane, WA

    Owen, 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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  23. Carol Burns

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you Cinderella. Explore the site more and you will find lots of guides and tips that will help you with tracing your family tree.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  24. Peter Dagley

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

      Reply
  25. John

    Owain,
    Great stuff, I have always wanted to pursue this and you’ve got lots of great info to share. Thanks.

    John M

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you John for your kind comment. There is plenty of guides and tips that I share on this site. So please feel free to have a look around.

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  26. Hope

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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  27. Paul Goodwin

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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

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  28. Bosco William

    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

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

      Reply
  29. Jon

    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!

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thanks Jon. Genealogy is an interesting subject because we just don’t know what we will find out about our ancestors. And there is just so many places where we can look.

      Please check out my What Does Your Surname Mean post for some useful insight into your last name.

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  30. Josh Moody

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

      Reply
  31. joel desmoulins

    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,

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  32. Xavier Perez

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  33. joel

    thank you owain, I will have a close look and hope to find somethig.

    Best,

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  34. Colleen

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  35. Tabsmark

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

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  36. Rachel

    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.

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    1. Owain Post author

      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.

      Reply

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