Biography Darris G. Williams Accredited Genealogist®, Wales[edit | edit source]
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 support 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 find ancestors.
Credentials[edit | edit source]
Accredited Genealogist® in Wales
Publications[edit | edit source]
- 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
Conferences Attended[edit | edit source]
2012 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference (1 February)
2011 Digital Past at Llandrindod Wells
2006 Putting Flesh on the Bones: A Study of the Common Man (1-5 September), University of Northampton, England. Sponsored by the Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire Family History Societies in association with the Federation of Family History Societies
1996 Eleventh Family History in Wales Course at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Instructors: John Rowlands, Sheila Rowlands, Sandra Wheatley, Chris Pitt-Lewis, Muriel Bowen Evans, John Dilwyn Williams, Dr. Lewis Lloyd
Organizations[edit | edit source]
- Society of Genealogists
- International Society for British Genealogy & Family History
- Utah Genealogical Association
- Glamorgan Family History Society
- Friends of the National Library of Wales
- Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association
My Reading List[edit | edit source]
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.