Monthly Archives: April 2019

A-Z Challenge 2019 – O is for Organisation

On every intake of  the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course one of the questions that is always asked, earlier than it appears in the course is how to keep and organise a study. I have planned a series on that, giving … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – N is for Notes

Whatever research you are working on, whether that be a school or college project, a genealogical one or a more specific genealogical project such as a One-Name or One-Place study you are going to take notes. Notes are only as … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – M is for Distribution Maps

One of the great things I love is maps, especially those that show the distribution of a surname over time and consider why that geographical spread occurred. My favourite site, World Profiler is currently unavailable. For sometime it has been … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – L is for Learning and Reading to assist a One-Name Study

I am passionate about learning and understanding the strategy of a One-Name Study. The methodology is important to understand and to find a way that works for you. The Guild of One-Name Studies offers seminars, webinars and in 2012 wrote … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – K is for Keeping Track

Keeping track of your research is very important. I am a prolific note taker. I use typically the same note book and planner and record what research I have undertaken, where the research was – did I go to a … Continue reading

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The Angel of the North – #50Before50

A month or so ago we visited The Angel of the North. By coincidence, it happened to be the Angel’s 21st birthday. At the bottom of the Angel is a sign providing details about it’s history and so forth. The … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – J is for Just how big is my study going to be?

One of the key things with starting a One-Name Study is how big is it going to be? Not all surnames are equal and understanding the frequency of the surname will be determining factor. The more frequency a surname appears, … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – I is for Indexes

When I first joined the Guild of One-Name Studies back in 2002 I immediately registered my Orlando One-Name Study. As time passed the Guild began building up a set of indexes for the use of Guild members and I began … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – H is for History & Origins of a Surname

I have written a lot previously about One-Name Studies (If you are new here, welcome! – you can read all the posts about researching surnames HERE). One of the fascinating things about a Surname Study that I love is the history … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – G is for Genealogical Proof Standard

I have written a lot previously about One-Name Studies (If you are new here, welcome! – you can read all the posts about researching surnames HERE) The genealogical proof standard has essentially five elements to it – a) Reasonably exhaustive research … Continue reading

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