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

The Surname series continues, with the August 2019 issue of the magazine focusing on Organising a study. I don’t have sufficient space to be able to do the organising topic justice, merely scratching the top of the iceburg, but to … Continue reading

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Family Tree Magazine 2019 – Surname Research Series

In the July 2019 issue, the surname series continues with us looking at the Guild of One-Name Studies, fundamental principles of a study, the Seven Pillars. Next month, (August) we focus on organising and developing a study before working our … Continue reading

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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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