Ten years ago, Paul's son was presented with a class assignment in the US of tracing his ancestors. Being an immigrant family, the databases presented to the children had no relevance. So Dad stepped in to help. It has taken over much of his life! He now rarely watches TV, with the exception of WDYTYA!

Since 2008, he has compiled a huge database of almost 100,000 individuals in reconstructed families with over 500,000 facts. The GED file alone currently exceeds 2.5 million lines. The howesfamilies.com website is rapidly becoming THE resource for anyone named Howes (or variants) with over 1,000 correspondents around the world.