Category Archives: One-Name Studies

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 – 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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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – H is for How do I……

The overriding questions of doing a one-name study are typically How do I….: Keep a One-Name Study? Begin a One-Name Study? Respond to enquiries? Write a profile page? ……. There are a number of other questions too and I find … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – G is for Reasons to be Global,1,2,3….

The Guild of One-Name Studies has the requirement that all registered surnames should be researched globally. That is a big commitment, but the requirement is a just one as the following will show. There is no expectation on how soon … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – D is for Delving Deep with Surname Research.

In some ways the post today builds on the post for A – Advanced One-Name Studies. Today we look at delving deep, not just in depth but also breadth of a topic, adding a new dimension to our research. In … Continue reading

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Italian Surname Series – Saia and Saja

One of the tasks in the Introduction to One-Name Studies course is to consider the meanings of the surname of interest, and in some cases there is more than one meaning and more that one country of origin. Having written … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – C is for Considerations for Surname Research.

This is my third instalment of the A-Z Challenge 2021. You can visit other participants HERE.  You can follow along my posts HERE. There are a great many consideration relevant to surname research when you first begin looking at the … Continue reading

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