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Born in Poultney, Vermont, Helen is graduate of schools in Poultney as well as from Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont. She married to Lloyd W. Jones who was born in South Poultney, Vermont and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Work has offered Helen several opportunities: as a teacher in Tinmouth, Vermont's one-room school house, for Union Bag & Paper Corp. and for Portland Cement in the Glens Falls, NY regions, for Green Mountain College's Registrar as well as Williams Machine & Chevrolet in Poultney, for Goddard Transportation in Castleton, and for The Star News and Telescope Folding Furniture Co. in Granville, New York.
She has been interested in genealogy for 25+ years beginning on her husband's family when all his brothers and sisters were still alive. She notes, "sometimes their information did not always agree." A 1979 first trip to Wales initiated her active research with Lloyd of both his family and her parent's lines through the surnames of Jones, Price and Thomas from Llanllechid and Llanllyfni, North Wales. She also began researching her Parker, VanGuilder and Wilson lines.
A member of East Poultney's historic United Baptist Church, she attends the Poultney Welsh Presbyterian Church located nearer her home in Poultney's village. In addition to her volunteerism with WAGS, Helen is also co-founding president of the Poultney Area St. David's Society as well having been its treasurer; she is Life member of the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association and member of: the National Welsh American Foundation, Poultney Historical Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Order of Eastern Star, Ladies Shrine - Airoc Court, Rutland, VT, and the St. David's Welsh Society of St. Petersburg (FL) and The Suncoast.
"The best advice I may offer to someone starting out on their family history is to talk to as many people as you can."
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UPDATED: 14 November, 2010