What is a One-Name Study?


Family historians generally focus their efforts on researching their own family trees, collecting and analysing data in order to find as much detail as possible on every branch, twig or tiny leaf. Others compile surname studies, which seek all occurrences, past and present, of a single surname, anywhere in the world.

How to Join


Join us and become part of a worldwide group of enthusiastic one-name researchers. You do not have to register a study name to join.

Guild members benefit from regular seminars, a quarterly journal, an annual conference plus offers and discounts.

About the Guild


The Guild of One-Name Studies is the worldwide centre of excellence in one-name studies and promotes the interests of both the individuals and groups who are engaged in them. Established in 1979 and registered as a charity in 1989, the Guild provides its members with the means to share...

Dates for your diary

  • 13 September 2014 – Committee Meeting
  • 20 September 2014 – Fife Cultural Trust Family History Fair
  • 20 September 2014 – Europe & Australasia Monthly Hangout
  • 20 September 2014 – Somerset & Dorset Family History Fair
  • 20 September 2014 – Europe & Americas Monthly Hangout
  • 27 September 2014 – Bristol & Avon Family History Society Open Day

Is your Surname registered?

Over 2,600 members have registered more than 8,400 study surnames with us, is your surname one of them?
To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, in 2014, the Guild has a special website at ww1.one-name.org where members stories about the life and service of their WW1 ancestors are recorded.
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