Researching Females in a One-Name Study

Female SymbolA frequent question that pops up on the Introduction to One-Name Studies course is about researching women, especially if the female marries out of the surname.

It varies, depending on the person undertaking the study. Some carry on, including the individual, others do a couple of generations and some do not carry on, with the individual ceasing in the study the moment the female marries out.

There is no right or wrong way and the Guild of One-Name Studies, leaves that up to the individual member to decide.

Personally I follow the female for at least two further generations in my study, so effectively the children and grandchildren. If the female connects to my personal family then I continue on beyond the two generations. If the female marries into another study then I swap the information with the other study holder. On occasions I do carry on for another generation or so if I am doing other elements of investigations for example multiple births.

If you have a One-Name Study what do you do? please leave a comment!

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 Researching Females in a One-Name Study

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I tend to look for her in the next available census because there could be one of her maiden name relatives staying with her new family. It helps connect some of my strays…


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