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, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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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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