Is your Surname registered?

Our 2,941 members have registered
2,519 study surnames with us
and a further 6,392 variant names.

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, exchange and publish information...

Dates for your diary

  • 23 Sep 2017 – AFHS FamilyRoots 2017
  • 24 Sep 2017 – The Family History Show London Event
  • 25 Sep 2017 – Notts GOONS meeting for September 2017
  • 30 Sep 2017 – Hertfordshire FHS Open Day
  • 06 Oct 2017 – Marketing (MAT) Meeting
  • 07 Oct 2017 – Devon FHS AGM & Conference
  • 07 Oct 2017 – Glamorgan FHS fair
  • 07 Oct 2017 – Oxfordshire Family History Society Family History Fair
  • 07 Oct 2017 – Committee Meeting
  • 08 Oct 2017 – Hampshire FHS Open Day 2017
To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, in 2014, the Guild set up a special website at where members can submit stories about the wartime life and service of people in our studies.

Guild Website in “Top 50”

The June 2017 edition of Family Tree has named the Guild's website as one of the "50 best websites for family history".