The ability to publicise a study, publish material and preserve a study are very much entwined.
The best way of advertising your study is to share information and talk about the fascinating characters we meet as we build our studies. We can share information in a variety of ways, from writing articles, comments on social media and even with a DNA project.
The Guild has a wonderful project called the Members’ Website Project (MWP) – this is the ability for those members of the Guild with a registered study to host a website on the Guild’s website. The study can continue to be worked on and at the same type is preserved. You can see a full list of studies that are currently within the MWP here
In addition to a website blogs are a common feature of a number of One-Name researchers and the ability to reach others as it shares across social media. Over the years this blog has been in existence I have shared elements of my own genealogical research and of my studies, and currently I have a blog for each of my studies. Over the coming months I may rethink that approach and share snippets here or I may elect to keep things as they are, there are pros and cons for both approaches.
A number of members, me included have published articles about their study in broad terms, individuals within their study as articles with some going a step further and publishing a book about their study. The Guild offers the option to archive a set of papers, files, Gedcom’s, certificates within the Guild’s library, of which there are two. One size does not fit all and members can choose which service to use and they can use more than one. Being a belts and braces kind of girl, that is my preferred option and I also have an archive of material myself. It is even possible to preserve a blog, and at that is one of the benefits for retaining a blog for each study because the blog can be exported and deposited with the Guild library.
Whether you have been working on your study for a number of years or are new to the concept, do take time to consider how you might publish & preserve your work. There can be nothing more sad than to hear that someone spent a lifetime on research and after their demise the entire lot was simply discarded. Whilst it would be possible for someone else to reconstruct the same study there would most certainly be elements that could not be gathered again. With the issues around Data Protection countries like New Zealand have changed the access to some documents and the same has happened in some States in the US.
A number of these elements are covered in both the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course and the book, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the Art of One-Name Studies published by the Guild of One-Name Studies.