Category Archives: Pharos – Introduction to One-Name Studies course

European Ancestors – Surnames

If you are researching an European surname there is a chance you are capturing every instance of that surname wherever you locate it irrespective of whether it connects to your own family or not. The concept of examining the details … Continue reading

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Introduction to Surname Research and One-Name Studies #FamilyTreeLive

Has it really been a week since #FamilyTreeLive? where does the time go? My part of the show kicked off with a session on the Society of Genealogy help desk, I then held a workshop focusing on researching in Europe … Continue reading

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European Ancestors

Over the course of the last few months I have been pondering on some genealogical housekeeping. That includes my blogging platform and website. I have already gradually merged another blog into this one and as that was relatively painless, I … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – Websites & Online Study Presence

Before the internet those researching a specific study largely did so via a series of written methods. As we entered into a digital modern age websites were for large organisations. Over time the scope for websites and online presence expanded … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – V is for Variants

Surnames are curious things, despite us all having one. A variant is deviation from the surname you are interested in. A number of members of the Guild of One-Name Studies have relatively few variants, others have a phenomenal amount. For … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – U is for Understanding of a study and the necessity to AIM for globalisation

Whenever I teach the Pharos course in One-Name Studies one of the things that comes up either via email or via the online discussion forum is the concern of being global with a study. One of the principles of a … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – T is for Timelines

I love timelines. They enable us to tell us what information we hold about an individual, whether that is our own ancestor or someone from our studies. A timeline also enables us to see what we DO NOT know and … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – S is for Structure of a Study

Every member of the Guild of One-Name Studies structures their studies differently. Some members enter their data straight into a genealogical database, others extract data from various sources and they analyse the data. Some collect data and have done since … Continue reading

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Family Tree Magazine 2019 – Surname Research Series & #FamilyTreeLive

In the May 2019 issue, the surname series continues with us looking at the history of surnames. Did you know Turkey only introduced surnames to their citizens in 1934 and in Iceland they organise names by first names. How could … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2019 – R is for Reconstruction of Families

Not all members of the Guild of One-Name Studies reconstruct families as part of their study. The commitment when you join the Guild and register a surname is that the study will aim to be global and that you will … Continue reading

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