FTM August 2019The Surname series continues, with the August 2019 issue of the magazine focusing on Organising a study.

I don’t have sufficient space to be able to do the organising topic justice, merely scratching the top of the iceberg, but to accompany this latest Family Tree Magazine (UK) article, I recorded a short(ish) presentation on Organising a One-Name Study – click the image below to view; I hope you find it helpful.

Enjoy!Organising a ONS

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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2 Responses to Family Tree Magazine 2019 – Surname Research Series

  1. Randy Seaver says:

    Hi Julie,

    I found your video very helpful, thank you. I’ve been collecting Seaver/Sever/Seever/Severs/Seavers/Seevers etc. material for 31 years, and have been adding new persons and families as I find them in records to my RootsMagic program. I don’t have a spreadsheet for them, and don’t think I want to start one now. I have about 8000 persons with the surname (including spouses of Seaver/etc. folks) and have been adding content to FamilySearch Family Tree on a regular basis because it’s easy to do with RootsMagic.

    Is that “good enough” for joining the Guild? I could start another blog just for the surname group, but have not done that yet.

    Cheers — Randy Seaver – Chula Vista CA USA


    • Hi Randy,

      I am glad you found it helpful. There is no requirement for a spreadsheet & many Guild members add individuals direct to their database.

      The spreadsheet I mentioned is a direct download from FreeBMD, it helps me track the marriages so I can see how many more I need.

      Absolutely you can join the Guild now. Check the Surname is not registered, I am sure it’s not!

      The wonderful benefit of the Guild is the website facility offered to members with studies. If you opted for that you could write on your blog as you are already doing. The Guild has a facility with FamilySearch for preserving a study.

      I have a website with the Guild. That is archiving & publishing the data whilst allowing me to remain working on it. I do share bits of my study on this blog, as it is archived by the British Library.

      The Pharos course which I teach might be useful and you can read any of the surname material on the blog menu. I did a presentation at FamilyTreeLive and might record that as it was a beginners guide to this type of research.


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