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Guild Award of Excellence


Following various competitions encouraging Guild members to publish accounts of their one-name studies, it was decided to institute an annual Guild Award of Excellence. This may be awarded to members, or members of a One-Name Society whose study name is registered with the Guild, who in the judges’ estimation have achieved excellence in ONS publication.

The Guild Award of Excellence (GAoE) is intended to complement the Master Craftsman of the Guild (MCG) scheme, in acknowledging members’ contributions to ONS publication. There is no competitive element to the award; all entries considered to meet the required standard are recognised. As with the Master Craftsman scheme, recipients of the award are selected by a panel made up of existing award holders. However, unlike that scheme there is no limit on the number of awards made. 

Publications in most media are eligible. This includes books, articles, newsletters, periodicals, in either printed form or as electronic (e.g. PDF) documents, websites and blogs.

The Guild Award of Excellence was first awarded in 2012. For this first year, it was agreed that it should be awarded retrospectively to the previous winners of Guild Publications competitions, including the “highly commended” entrants to the 2009 competition. In addition, all articles written by students of Pharos’ Advanced One-Name Studies Course which were awarded Distinction were awarded, as well as a number which were awarded by the panel.

This is a list of those whom have been awarded the Guild Award of Excellence, with links where possible to the winning entry. Please note that some of the Journal articles are accessible only by Guild Members; for information on how to join, click here.

Guild Award of Excellence winners Marie Byatt and Janet Few
with Paul Howes, Chairman

2017 Winners

Winner Media Title
David Briese article The Briese Surname: A Tale of Two Sources
Marie Byatt website
Aubrey Cox article The Rise and Fall of the Surname Brazenor in Shropshire
Janet Few article John Thomas Braund: How Many Lies Can One Man Tell on a Census Return?
Ian Gotts website
Dr Jesse Hillman &
Shelia Hillman
article The Hillman Family on St Helena Island, South Atlantic
Susan Morris website
Israel Pickholtz article An Extraordinary victory for DNA
Professor Richard E Plant &
Dr John S Plant
article Royal Name Plantagenet Concepts
John Rattenbury article The Buildings of Francis Mawson Rattenbury in British Columbia, Canada: A Visit Rewarded
Wayne Shepheard article How do you Deal with Name Changes?
Rennison Vayro article Vayro Ancestry in Belper, Derbyshire: an Unsolved Mystery and an MBE
Sue Vize article Preliminary Finding on the Origins and Distribution of the Name Vize


2016 Winners

Winner Media Title
Marilyn Astle & Peter Astle article Using WW1 Records to Identify Family Groups in a One-Name Study
Michael Braund book The Price of Conflict: Braund Fatalities 1805-1946
Joe Flood article Using Y-DNA in One-Name Studies: Coads of the Border
Ian Gotts article Matthew Gotts – A Prisoner of War
Colin Hollow article Origin of Hollow… Via Holla Via Place Name?
Mike Kipling article The Search for Rudyard and the Kiplings
Ian MacDonald article What’s in a (Mewburn) Name?
Sue Mastel website Adamthwaite Archive
Susan Meates article Putting the genes into genealogy
Chris Sackett website Sackett Family History
Paul Seaton article From Earl Shilton to Waterloo
David Skyrme article Skyrme: From a Family History to a One-Name Study
Sue Swalwell article The Swalwell ONS: A Journey of Discovery But Not of Progress


2015 Winners

Winner Media Title
Gillian Barnes article The Family Historian’s Dilemma
Jennie Fairs article Are You Who You Think You Are?
Rod Fanthorpe &
Jean M Fanthorpe
book Fanthorpe – People and Place: How a worldwide family developed in its social and economic context from its Lincolnshire locative roots
Bob Hilbourne article Hilborne Surname Variants
Anne Hopton Pharos Distinction Bilclough: A Surname Emerges
Sue Horsman website
Paul Howes website
Debbie Kennett book The Surnames Handbook – A Guide to Family Name Research in the 21st Century
Simon Last article LASTs in World War 1
Anne Leonard Pharos Distinction Parishes and Peach Trees: The Foulds One Name Study
Andy Micklethwaite article Micklethwaites Reunited
Anthony J Mingay article Minge’s Gift
Tony Pitt article A Lifetime of Family History – a Big Game of ‘Hide and Seek’
Dr John S Plant &
Prof Richard E Plant
article & paper English Surnames: Plural Origins, DNA and Emigration
Sheila Rowlands
(with John Rowlands
book The Surnames of Wales (2nd, revised edition)
Peter Rushen article The Halifax Explosion
Mike Spathaky article The Website IS the One-Name Study
Michael Stonehewer article Manchester Grammar School Boy Scouts in World War 1
Col Iain Swinnerton article The Royal Air Force
Gordon Tuff article Turning Data into Families
Rennison Vayro website
Ann Williams article Soldiers, Sailors and One Airman: WW1 in a Study of the ASTRIDGE Name


2014 Winners

Winner Media Title
Kim Baldacchino article Estall: An Obvious Surname?
Michael Edgoose article Origins of a Surname: Food for Thought?
Michael Hardcastle article Roots of the Hardcastles – “An Old Yorkshire Family”
Marilyn Johnson article Will of Benjamin Dennis Oxland
Ian G. Macdonald article Seeking Mewburn
Colin Spencer article My Father-in-law was a Submariner for the Germans and Allies in WWII!
Michael Stonehewer article Search Engine Images – Finding 389,860 ‘Stonehewer’ One-Name Images!


2013 Winners

Winner Media Title
Kim Baldacchino article MindMaps for One-Namers
Jim Benedict article A Dark and Stormy Night
Jim Benedict article The Digital Road Warrior
Don Bidgood article BLOG in the Clouds
Bob Cumberbatch article Buried in Lincolnshire and 4,000 miles from home
Michael Hardcastle book The Roots of the Hardcastles – An Old Yorkshire Family
R A Hilbourne article Where Did my Surname Come From?
Ray Hulley article John Hulley, British Olympic Instigator
Howard Mathieson article The Boxall surname: An exercise in landscape evidence
Michael Mitchelmore article Mitchelmore in the Middle: A Study of M* Surmids
Dr John Plant article The Plant Controversy
Mike Spathaky website Modern British Surnames
Lisa Watson article WANMER – Conducting a small one-name study


2012 Winners

Winner Media Title
Wendy Angove book The Jigsaw Puzzle Tree (2009)
Peter Badham book Badham Delvings (2009)
Kim Baldacchino article Out of Devon: The Eastlake surname comes of age
Jack Blencowe book The Blencowe Families (2009)
Janet Few & Chris Braund video The Braunds of Bucks Mills (2009)
Penelope Burton article Some Speculations on the Origin of the Quested Surname
Marion Filby periodical The Filby Association Chronicle
Mark Filby website The Filby Association
Nathan Goodwin periodical The Dengate Journal (2009)
Ken Grubb periodical Grubbing Around (2009)
Paul Howes article Howes That?
Paul Howes website Howes Families
Maureen Kenchington essay Synthesis in the Waycott One-Name Study (2010)
Sue Mastel article Adamthwaite – Adam’s clearing in the Eden Valley
Sue Mastel website The Adamthwaite Archive (2009)
Susan Meates article How a DNA Project produced discoveries (2006)
Ena Metcalfe book Metcalfe: History of the Clan (2009)
Ken Mycock article A Peak District Family – But, how many variants do I need?
Teresa & Stuart Pask weblog The Pask, Paske ONS Blog (2009)
Teresa & Stuart Pask book Pasks of Lincolnshire, Volume I, Great Gonerby (2009)
Chris Sackett website The Sackett Family Association
Alan Savin booklet The Savin Sagas (2009)
Doug Shaw article Hembrough: A Locative Surname and its Places
Betty Choyce Sheehan book The Choice/Choyce Compendium (2009)
Caroline Smith article Blindell: The Jigsaw of a Surname
Glenda Thornton book Dead Relatives: The Rise and Fall of the Phillibrowns (2009)
Colin Ulph book Ulph Family History (2009)
Colin Ulph essay How I run the Ulph one-name study (2011)
John Rennison Vayro article Thomas Vayro, a volunteer miner who served in the Durham Light Infantry

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