A-Z Challenge 2018 – Zeal about Surnames

a2z-h-smallI am hopeful that the various posts over the course of the A-Z Challenge, which has been about surnames, surname research and registering a One-Name Study has been enjoyable and given you plenty of scope for ideas and thoughts.

You can see all the posts I have written about surname research HERE and there is a small list of other writings about One-Name Studies and surnames that featured under Writing about your One-Name Study

So what to do next if you are enthused about One-Name Studies and surnames:

  • Visit the One-Name Studies website and perhaps
  • Join the Guild of One-Name Studies and see what the organisation offers
  • Sign up for the Pharos Course – Introduction to One-Name Studies the course runs over five weeks and you will broadly learn:
    • About One-Name Studies
      • History of One-Name Studies
      • Why have a One-Name Study
      • How suitable is my surname
      • Introduction to the Guild of One-Name Study
      • Getting started
    • Surnames and their history
      • How did surnames start?
      • An introduction to common meanings & deviations of British Surnames
        • Non-British surnames
      • Changes, spellings, deviations, Other pitfalls for the unwary
        • Deviants and Variants
      • Surname Distribution & Migration
      • Importance of individual surname studies
    • Core records you will need and information gathering
      • What are core records?
      • Civil Registration records and indexes in the British & Ireland
      • Indexes to the Census
      • Family Search, will indexes and other readily available indexes
      • Data Capture
      • Measuring your progress
      • Organising your One-Name Study (and I have a presentation that I am in the midst of writing, so stay tuned!)
    • Analysing and making sense of your data
      • Introduction to analysis
      • Designing spreadsheets
      • Family reconstruction
        • Software for a One-Name Study
      • Migration & linking people to places
      • Finding missing data
      • Drawing conclusions
    • Practical aspects of running your own One-Name Study
      • Registering a study with the Guild
      • Ethics
      • Data Protection
      • Publishing your study
        • Facebook Groups & pages
      • Preserving your study
      • Organising your time
  • Purchase a copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom: The art of a One-Name Study.

I teach the Pharos course and have two studies, one is a Surname whose origins are typically British and the other is for an Italian surname.

The chances are you have been undertaking a study and not necessarily realising that it is a One-Name Study, you can read more HERE. Whether you are new to the concept or have been undertaking a surname research project for a while why not consider your aims for your study.

The next Pharos course begins 15th May 2018 and you can sign up HERE

I hope you have enjoyed the A-Z series as much as I have enjoyed writing them. Over the course of the last month I have promised I would come back to several topics and plan to do that over the coming weeks.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, Pharos Tutor, lover of Books & History, Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, avid note taker and journal writer.
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3 Responses to A-Z Challenge 2018 – Zeal about Surnames

  1. Great information you’ve given through the A to Z.


  2. Anne Young says:

    Congratulations on completing the challenge. Plenty of ideas for research even for those of us not doing surname studies.
    Fellow A to Z-er


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