About Me

Hello and welcome. My name is Owain and I am so glad that you are here.

I will first explain how I got into genealogy research, or as you may call it family history.

My first experiences of family history was when I was a young boy. My father would recite to meOwain Couch stories regarding our ancestors. He would tell me over and over and over again, and yet I was never tired of hearing them.

Some of these stories would go back as far as the mid 1700s. He would tell me all sorts of anecdotes and tales from different branches of my family tree. Some from his father’s side, but mostly from his mother’s.

Years would go by and my father would still continue telling me the same stories all over. We had discussed writing them down but nothing ever came of it.

Finally our family history book was being written!

Eventually this came a reality when pen was put to paper and the stories flowed. I wanted to write a book filled with this family history so that it would be preserved forever.

While transcribing my father’s notes I thought to myself that it would also be a good idea to include family charts. From these charts people could see the relationship between my ancestors and my father and I.

I also included photos so that people could put a face to the name and stories. Photos of family heirlooms were added showing the many family treasures that had been handed down the generations.

And so my research project grew into something so much more than I had first envisioned. It had grown into something that would be cherished for generations to follow.

The Genealogy Guide Awards and Accomplishments!

Since The Genealogy Guide was created in June 2016 I have continually added informative guides and helpful tips to help YOU trace your family history.

I have also provided many thorough reviews that explore what genealogy products and services that you should use.

I am therefore pleased to announce that my efforts have been recognized as I am now featured in the Top 100 Genealogy Blogs.

Episode 216 – Sunday, November 26, 2017

A brief mention of The Genealogy Guide appeared on this episode in relation to how children can get involved in family history. Why not check out the Genealogy For Kids post to see what all the fuss was about!


So Why Did I Create This Site?

After self-publishing my family history and holding in my hands a book containing a wealth of so much personal history I wanted to give back to the genealogy world. So I created this website to help guide you to build your own family tree.

Researching my genealogy

Over time this site will grow to include guides, reviews and so much more. There is just so much that I can cover with this site.

While researching your ancestry you can check out old documents, interview relatives, visit where your ancestors lived, or even do a DNA test. The possibilities of finding out about your family tree is practically limitless.

This site is not only for the beginner to the genealogy world, but also to the seasoned family historian. So whether you are starting on your journey or have been doing this for a while you will find something of use here.


Get Involved and Help Build The Genealogy Guide Site!

Something missing on this site? Is there a topic, tool, resource, date or even an event not featured that you would like to see? No problem, just comment below or contact me.

I am always interested in hearing your tips or suggestions as I want to build a genealogy site that will help you. Or if there is an article that you find useful then please like and share it with your family and friends.

Genealogy Guide Needs You!

If you have your own genealogy blog then please feel free to link to The Genealogy Guide.

Write For Me!

I also welcome guest bloggers to contribute articles to the site. It doesn’t matter what it is about as long as you think it will help people trace their family history.

What better way to give back to the genealogy world, (like I am doing), than by helping your fellow family historians. So get involved today!

The Genealogy Guide is your guide to help you on your family history journey!


Testimonies

My goal with this site as I have said is to help people trace their family history. I have been fortunate to have received many compliments, either through comments on posts or by private messages. I will add some of these compliments below:

Craig:

As a regular visitor to The Genealogy Guide I can safely say this is the best way to trace your ancestors, thanks to the wealth of information that Owain provides. I love how this website covers all angles and highlights the optimum methods in building your family tree. Owain continually adds regular updates and I would recommend this website to anyone interested in genealogy.

Craig, Founder of UK TV Services Abroad

Gina:

There is such an abundance of valuable information packed into The Genealogy Guide. Owain really knows how to research your ancestry and discover your family history.

If you ever thought about building your family tree, this is definitely the place to start and finish. Owain has all the details right here at your fingertips.

There is also a whole lot of cool history, helpful tips, resources, and tools. Thanks Owain, I just love this site!

Gina, Owner of Acrylic Painting Ideas

Pete:

I’ve been checking out your site and really am impressed with so much information. You obviously are very well versed on all aspects of genealogy. Personally I don’t know beyond my mom and dad, very much about my family history at all.

I’m going to keep checking this out and probably start my own search effort here and find out after about 60 years where my roots are.

Thank you for building this site and informing us about searching out our roots and helping so many connect with the unknown past and really helping us understand ourselves through our ancestors.

Furkan:

I have been visiting Owain’s site for a long time and it is safe to say that the information here is just amazing for tracing ancestry. And I also love Special Day posts like Saint Valentine. That was a great story by the way.

And if anyone is interested in tracing their ancestry or just want to know more about them, then this site should be your guide.

Furkan, Owner of Find Best Boxing Gloves

Kevin:

Owain has worked hard to present helpful information in a clear, concise and actionable manner and he’s doing a terrific job. He fully considers all aspects of products, activities and questions related to genealogy and crafts thoughtful, thorough and extremely helpful reviews, guides and suggestions.

The quality of his work has captured my interest and caused me to consider my own family history and many other things besides, such as what to do with old family photos and what products may be the best fit for me to learn more about my ancestry. It’s really quite fascinating.

If you’re interested at all in genealogy, I think you’ve come to the right place. And even if you aren’t, take a look around, and you may find – as I did – that it is an intriguing subject that will have you deeply appreciating Owain’s work.

Kevin Bulmer, Speaker & Host of The No Schedule Man Podcast
www.KevinBulmer.com


Funding For This Site and My Genealogy Research

You will find on this site many guides and tips that will help you on your family history journey. Besides all of the practical advice there are also guides on products and services that I review.

As an affiliate to these products and services I will receive a small commission. This helps pay towards this site’s hosting. Also, any money I receive I use to continue my own family history research.

I would like to thank Wealthy Affiliate for making this website a reality. Firstly without the help of WA I would not have created this site. Their help and guidance has proved invaluable as they have helped me to set up a site that can help so many people trace their family history.

And secondly, I must thank the community at WA for supporting me in my goals. They have been a great help to me in guiding me in the direction that this site has taken.

If you also want to create your own site, maybe helping others like me, then try out WA and see what all the fuss is about. They offer a free trial so you can test it out to see I feel you like it and if it’s for you.


And Finally!

I would love to hear from you so please tell me your reasons for conducting your own family research. You can use the comment box below.

If you have any queries or suggestions for this site then please feel free to tell me below. Otherwise you can use the contact form.

Thank you,

Owain

Founder of The Genealogy Guide

20 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Jenna

    Genealogy research is an interesting field that connects our family. I believe that when we are doing this research, we will learn more about our family tree, culture and why certain habits, beliefs and practices are passed on to our family members and relatives. Probably, we will understand about our parents more. That should be the reasons I conduct my family research. I had done a mini genealogy research when I was 13 years old in a scrap book, I included a family tree with the photo charts which I treasure it until now.

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    1. Owain Post author

      That is some great beliefs you have there. I love how you you treasure a photo book of your family tree that you did when you were younger. Doing this sort of research does bring the family together and you can learn new things about your family that you did not learn before. I certainly have

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      1. Jenna

        Thank you for the kind words, Owain! Yes, it truly is. Great topic! This will help more people to appreciate own family and where they came from.

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        1. Owain Post author

          I hope that people read this and see that family history research is such a wonderful hobby.

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      2. Leon Barnes

        What a great method to pay homage to your family, and help other people with the same passion.

        I wish you much success,

        Leon

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        1. Owain Post author

          Thank you Leon for your kind words. I had so much fun tracing my family history that I wanted to show people how they can also enjoy this interesting hobby. It can be overwhelming just to get started and even making sense of all the resources that are out there for us genealogists.

          I wish you all the best with tracing your ancestry.
          Owain

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  2. Epifania Cazembe

    I believe that the more you find out about your roots, the more you can learn about history and yourself. My parents have always told me about their ancestors and where they came from, but I never paid that much attention. But now I can see that it is important to know more from where you came from. I will definitely start learning more about my ancestors.

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    1. Owain Post author

      You are so right when you say you learn about history. I have learned about old occupations and also historical events. When we grow up we don’t always appreciate the people behind the stories. We only do later on, and sometimes when it is too late to ask your parents, grandparents for more information. Luckily I started on my own family history before it was too late as my father has so many wonderful family history stories.

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  3. Sammy

    Your site is very inspiring to me, it’s all about your whole family generation. I can learn a thing or two from you about how to check up on my family. This will be very interesting to me. You and me need to talk little more about this one day ok.

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  4. Margaret

    I can really relate to your story as I planned to write my family history for future generations but as they say ‘Man plans, God laughs’ and the book never got written The people who could have given me the details I need are now gone and my family history died with them. I realize I can trace my family through your site or other genealogy sites but without the stories is not the same. Is there any way to find out their stories now? What you are doing is really great and I am sue you are helping a lot of people with your site.

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    1. Owain Post author

      I literally laughed out loud with your ‘Man plans, God laughs’ saying. How true?!

      Genealogy sites can help you build your family tree, but you are right it’s not the same without the stories. Sometimes though you will find some stories on these sites that people have submitted. I have found a few interesting stories this way.

      I have been fortunate to meet cousins online and they have been able to help me piece together my family history. Particularly my mother’s grandparents and the reasons for their relocation.

      Thank you for enjoying my site. I am also enjoying building it up

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  5. Dominic

    I just learned a new word from you! 🙂

    The truth is, I don’t know the word genealogy, but when you said it’s all about family history, I think that this study is really awesome.

    Just mentioning the word makes me look back into my family and its history, but only limited to two generations older than me, up to my grandparents. I believe it would be interesting to learn more about my roots so that I get to know more about who I am. Thanks for sharing the new word!

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    1. Owain Post author

      I am glad that you have learned something new from me. It’s always fun when we learn a new word or a fact.

      Some people say genealogy while others say family history. It depends on who you are speaking to. In fact many people who do this research call themselves genealogists rather than family historians

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  6. Laurene Cross

    Hi Owain – Thanks for sharing the process that brought you here now. I especially enjoyed the part about your father and his telling and re-telling of family stories. My father didn’t share much about his ancestry, but later rather than earlier I became interested in my heritage. I started as a genealogist and many of my clients would ask if I could “authenticate” their very rich and amazing family stories. Many times I couldn’t, so I would interview the oldest ancestor in a family lineage, transcribe their stories or life history and prepare their them in their own words alongside their genealogy – I love giving people a flashdrive of their family stories. Lots of good info on your Genealogy Guide ! Laurene

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    1. Owain Post author

      That’s a lovely idea of putting their stories onto a flash drive. Have you thought about printing out their stories as a document as well?

      Thank you for enjoying my website. I am adding more and more content all the time. So please keep checking back from time to time.

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  7. VEE

    Wow, Owain, what a beautiful website. I enjoyed you sharing your fathers stories and family history. I remember my great grandfather telling us stories about his life as a Native American, and the land of old, including cultures and belief I still cherish today. Your website is full of informative information. It encourages me to look further into my family history. Thank you so much for sharing and creating this website.

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    1. Owain Post author

      I am happy to share Vee and I am glad that I have inspired to find out about your ancestry. Thank you also for saying that my site is beautiful. That means a lot to me.

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  8. LJacob

    Owain thanks for asking me to visit your site. I love it so much.

    Giving insight into your family creation and ancestors is a good way to tell how much you love who you are. People these days don’t even want to associate with their families because of one reason or the other.

    But here you are proudly displaying as well as helping others to create their family linkage is something to note.

    Well done and I think I will start to bring to remembrance all my late mummy had told me in the past as to research into properly.

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    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you for checking out the site. You will learn a lot here, I cover a range of different subjects that will help out to trace your family history.

      All the best and enjoy the website.

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