Category Archives: Genealogy

Delving into the Surname of Noack (1)

Thirty years ago and I arrived in Australia to begin an adventure. I was exhausted from the traveling en-route, not to mention the jet lag. Within days I was presented with a book that I “might enjoy reading”. I was … Continue reading

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Genealogical Field Notes (1)

As I neared the finishing touches to the new Pharos course I am teaching, Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe I gathered up the last pile of notebooks in which resided some material for potential adding to the course material. As … Continue reading

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Why Study Surnames?

As any genealogist or family historian will tell you there are always more questions than answers and always a burning obsession to find out more, even if the odds are against a successful search. There are a variety of reasons … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – P is for Publishing, Publicising, and Preserving One-Name and Surname Research

Today we look at three of the seven elements of one-name studies that feature on the 7 steps image here – there is a great deal of overlap between the three elements and these are easily achieved when considered together. … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – O is for Origins of Surnames

The Introduction to One-Name Studies course goes some way to explore the origins of surnames. Members of the Guild often explore the origins in relation to a specific surname, though that is not necessarily the only way to embark on … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – M is for Methodology of a One-Name Study & Surname Research

The Seven Pillars of a One-Name Study is a book that published by the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2012.  The book provides guidance of how to proceed with a study. Given the book is a decade old, it is … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – K is for Knowledge

Genealogy is all about facts. They underpin the very essence of what we do  as genealogists and family historians. We follow the route as we aim to prove each hunch we have, to provide substance for the facts we identify. … Continue reading

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FHF Really Useful Show – Treasures of the Archives #ReallyUsefulShow

On Saturday, I gave two instalments of the workshop, Treasures of the Archives at the FHF Really Useful Show, hosted by the Family History Federation. To deliver the sessions, I adopted the method of a small presentation, of around 30 … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – I is Indexes

Many genealogists I am sure recognise the scenario that I am going to share here; We come across an index, either in database format or a book and immediately look to see if we spot one of “our” surnames – … Continue reading

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FHF Really Useful Show – Treasures of the Archives #ReallyUsefulShow

I was delighted to be asked to facilitate a workshop, Treasures of the Archives for Family Historians, at this online event hosted by the Family History Federation. There is a super array of lectures and workshops, plus virtual exhibitor stands. … Continue reading

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