Category Archives: One-Name Studies

European Ancestors – Migration Series (3) – Migration Tips

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE. Todays post is about Migration Tips: Be open minded, people were more migratory than we think. Whilst many migration journeys were forever, not … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Workbook For One-Name Studies

Some months ago I said I would share how I kept spreadsheets full of unprocessed and unrelated data prior to it being added to my software database. Apologies for a long wait, I hope this post goes some way to … Continue reading

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Pharos Course Dates for 2023

I have yet to update the relevant sections of this site, but I have agreed the following dates for the various courses that I teach: Introduction to One-Name Studies (901) Details can be found HERE 24 January and 4 July … Continue reading

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Working with UNCONNECTED People in a Genealogical Database

This is a long awaited post, requested by several Pharos students….(sorry for the wait!). Working with unconnected people in a genealogical database is one of the biggest issues for those with surname projects, or One-Name Studies. I personally struggled with … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (29) Official Name Changes

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames did not become widespread to the 15th Century for the majority of those in France. Those that wanted to change their … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (28) French Surnames (Geographical)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Continuing the French Surname posts from (31) Geographical surnames are a feature of many countries, based upon a person’s residence, perhaps the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (30) French Surnames (Alias & Dit)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. In some areas a second surname was likely adopted to distinguish between branches of the same wider family; this was especially so … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (31) French Surnames

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames can be traced back to the 11th Century, but these were not widespread, and it took several centuries for it to … Continue reading

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Surname Distribution Maps and Migration

Surname distribution maps add a new and different dimension to a One-Name study. A surname may well have it’s origins in one Country, and a map can provide an interesting insight to how migration can influence the geographic spread of … Continue reading

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How Big is my One-Name (Surname) Study?

As the image here might suggest, you are going to need to think and write notes relating to the size of your potential One-Name Study, it is nothing complicated, I promise! Not all surnames are equal and understanding the frequency … Continue reading

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