Surname Tips (10)

Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

Today’s tip is to read a copy of the current version of The Art of a One-Name Study, (Seven Pillars). Published by the Guild in 2012 the book is a great introduction to progressing a One-Name (surname) Study.

The book is available from the Guild of One-Name Studies and via Amazon.

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Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

Today’s tip is to read a copy of the newly published Surname Research Guide. I wrote the initial version back in February 2019. The booklet was circulated with Family Tree Magazine (UK), March edition as a way of the Guild of One-Name Studies celebrating it’s 40th anniversary.

The booklet was also circulated at a variety of events, both in the UK and elsewhere. The magazine sadly has none of the magazines available, but the there are electronic versions for purchase on the magazine’s website.

I was then asked if I would produce a slightly longer version for the Guild which could be used as part of the welcome pack sent to new members. I agreed.

That version contains some material from the Guild website, some from articles I have written and published both on this site and via my Family Tree Magazine 2019 surname series.

Cover for Surname bookletThe booklet, in PDF format is to be available to members of the Guild of One-Name Studies free of charge via the Resources section of the Members’ Room on the website. Physical copies are available from the Guild, or will be in the next week or so or via Amazon. All royalties from the booklet are going to the Guild, which is a registered Charity in England and Wales.

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Surname Tips (8)

Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

The Guild has a great many resources within the members’ area, which is obviously for members’!

One of the benefits, is the Guild wiki which contains a whole manner of things.  It was the wiki that was the forerunner to the Guild book, the Seven Pillars. We will be looking at the Seven Pillars later in this series.

All members can have access to the wiki and can make adjustments and additions to the resource. It is also the place that members can add hints and tips to, continuing the ethos of members’ helping members.

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Southern California Genealogical Society –  “European Surnames and How They Can Help in Genealogical Research”

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Used with permission from Southern California Genealogical Society

A FREE Webinar from Southern California Genealogical Society –  “European Surnames and How They Can Help in Genealogical Research”

To sign up for the webinar please click THIS LINK.

The webinar will be broadcast from 6pm GMT or 10am PST.  The blog for the webinar series can be found HERE and the main genealogical society website can be found HERE

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Surname Tips (7)

Surname TipsOne of the tips early on, was to explore the Guild website, today the tip is view the recording of the Guild website.

The recording was from the seminar in spring 2017 and was presented by Kim Baldacchino, who was webmaster at the time. (Kim has three studies for the surnames of Eastall, Eastlack and Baldacchino).

Whilst the presentation is almost 3 years old, it is a great opportunity to explore the website and to explore the elements of creating a study profile page.

This is something that I recommend to students of the Introduction to One-Name Studies course and many students say they always learn something new, so recommended viewing!

The best way of getting the most of your membership is to explore the one of the biggest assets the Guild has, which is our website and members room. If of course you are not a member of the Guild, why wait any longer!

 

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Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

Yesterday, the tip was to attend a Guild seminar or conference, today the tip is explore the recorded offering of seminar and conference sessions. These are available to members only.

Members need to be logged in to the website and then hopefully this LINK will work!

The Guild in 2018 ran a series of webinars and these will begin again in 2020. These are available to both non-members and members live and for a week after broadcast.

After the free access period, they become a members only provision. There are though a few available to all on a permanent basis, and you can access those HERE

 

 

 

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Surname Tips (5)

Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

In the last tip, I mentioned the connection with other genealogists and recommend this tip to all. Attend a Guild conference or seminar.

The Guild is a global organisation. Members live in a variety of places across the globe, the UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, various countries in Europe, Canada and the United States. We also have members in a random selection box of other countries, Thailand, Kuwait, Kenya just to name a few.

Clearly, not all members can attend events, whether that is through, geography, mobility or other reasons. In those instances, the seminar and conference can come to the members, in the format of a visual recording of the session.

Not all sessions are recorded, but the Guild tries to, where possible, subject to volunteers.

It is not just about learning as part of the sessions. It is about the networking and chatting with other members. I do not always get to seminars or conference; it depends very much on other commitments and the geography of events. Conference and seminars move around the UK. There have been seminars in the United States and Australia in recent years, though these have not been recorded.

All seminar and conference sessions are available to non-members, in person. The next seminar is in Hampshire England in February and the 2020 conference is in Oxford England at the end of April 2020.

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Surname Tips (4)

Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

The tip for day four is to estimate how big your surname study is going to be? – Is it the size of a matchbox, the size of Mount Everest or something in between?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both small and large studies, and in my view there is no reason to not consider any, as long as you know exactly what you are going to do, and will have to do in order to build a study. A study is quite a commitment, but there are a number of factors that are worth considering. A study is not a marathon, it is a gentle walk in the park on a Sunday afternoon.

When I joined the Guild in 2002, I immediately registered the surname of Orlando. It’s an Italian surname of some proportion, one with a great deal of migration and that is why a study should be global. If I did not focus on the global element, I would miss all those who migrated to other countries from Italy. That said, I am not going to be researching everywhere at the same time. Slowly and methodical is the way forward.

Global is relative to where you are of course. An Orlando researcher in the United States is just as global in their approach as I am in England and as any Orlando researcher in Italy.  It is about the numbers of a study, but it is also about context of your particular surname and the interaction with researchers you meet along the way, whether they are researching your surname or not. The ability to learn and share with each other. The making of friendships that makes our genealogical endeavours so special.

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Surname Tips (3)

Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

Many members of the Guild of One-Name Studies and other genealogists, report that they become fascinated with surnames following encountering a genealogical brick wall or because of intrigue with a particular surname. Therefore it seems likely that you have material already regarding your surname of choice.

The tip for day three is access what material you hold already, whether that is notes from relatives, records you have gathered during the course of research or those that have come down through the family.  Establish if that material is electronic or physical.

Consider when you did that previous research, as maybe since that time, records have come online and available. Perhaps the records were always available, but a new search now, reveals more results.

Don’t forget to add the assessment to your research log. If you don’t have a research log then there is one HERE that you can use and adapt to suit your needs.

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Surname Tips (2)

Surname Tips

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2019

For day two we are going to look at surnames in your family that might be suitable for a study. Maybe you want to focus on your own surname, or perhaps one you acquired through adoption or marriage. Maybe you have a brick wall in your family tree that you want to knock down.

Why not take a look at those surnames. Perhaps the names of your Great Grandparent? I did a quick search for my own Great Grandparents surnames and my husband’s. Here they are:

Butcher, Harris, Matthews and Elstone appear on my maternal side. Of those Butcher, Elstone and Matthews are registered names, Butcher registered by myself. Harris is not registered, but a member has recorded a surname interest.

Orlando, Virciglio, Licata and Nola appear on my paternal side. All these are Italian surnames and the only one registered is Orlando, which is registered by myself.

My husband Great Grandparents had the following names:

Goucher, Davies, Worship and Rhodes appear on his paternal line. Goucher and Worship are both registered. Worship is registered to me and I share that with my husband.

Whereas, Dinsdale, Redhead, Self and Kirtley are on his maternal line. Dinsdale is registered. Redhead is recorded as a surname interest by two members, one of which is me. Self and Kirtley are not registered.

So, how did you get on? Were any names registered or listed as a surname interest? If you have any interesting surnames please leave a comment below.

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