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Oct 142016
 

The Guild of One-Name Studies has reached two further membership milestones. Firstly the Guild of One-Name Studies membership has exceeded 3,000 for the first time ever. Secondly the number of individual surnames registered with the Guild has exceeded 9,000. These milestones continue to demonstrate the success of the Guild of One-Name Studies and its increasing popularity worldwide.

The Guild now has 3,022 members spread across the world, studying 9,007 individual surnames.

The membership of the Guild now stands at 3,022, 2,184 are from the UK, 354 from the US, 196 from Australia, 114 from Canada 71 from New Zealand and 32 from the Republic of Ireland. The remainder are from twenty other countries. 28% of the membership is from non-UK regions, which is a valuable step towards increased worldwide membership for the Guild.
The Guild currently has 9,007 individual surnames registered with the Guild. To check whether the surnames you are interested in are included in these registered names go to the Guild’s website www.one-name.org and enter the surname in the surname search box.

The continued increase in the Guild’s membership every year since the Guild was founded in 1979 (an achievement not many Family History organisations have managed) is a testament to the popularity of the Guild Worldwide and the benefits it offers to its members.

Details of all the Guild facilities can be found at:

www.one-name.org/about-the-guild/membership-benefits

where you can find out:

• more about undertaking a One-Name Study
• the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the 9,007-plus names currently being researched.

Cliff Kemball, the Guild’s Publicity Officer, said today:

These new landmarks represent more significant milestones for the Guild of One-Name Studies and are a testament to the continued development of the Guild internationally and the benefits membership provides. We hope that this trend continues into 2017 and beyond and reaffirms the Guild as the World’s leading organisation for One-Name Studies.

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Sep 062016
 

The online resource helps people trace the possible origins and variations of their last name.

LONDON, U.K., and SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 6, 2016)—The Guild of One-Name Studies, a charitable organization that promotes facts about given surnames, and FamilySearch International, a nonprofit and the largest genealogy organization in the world, announced today that the guild’s collections will now be searchable at FamilySearch.org. The partnership gives guild members another source for preserving their great work while also allowing more researchers across the globe to benefit from exploring the variant spellings of their personal surnames and possibly connect with others throughout the world who have the same last name.

The study of one’s last name (or surname) involves researching all known occurrences of that particular surname in all identifiable resources worldwide, as opposed to researching only the ancestors or descendants of a person. These rich compiled studies can assist a family history researcher to see the geographical distribution of surnames in their tree over centuries, which can help in reconstructing family lines bearing variants of those names. A common hope of customers who use surname studies is to identify the actual geographic locale of origin of a family surname. This outcome could very well happen for unique surnames, but common surnames that reflect an occupation (such as “Farmer” or “Fisher”) or patronymic-type surnames (such as “Johnson” or “Williamson”) may not have a single place of origin.

Cliff Kemball, guild publicity manager, said, “The partnership with FamilySearch gives guild members another method of preserving their one-name study data. Their data is fully preserved for the long term, while still remaining within the control of Guild members, who may update, replace, or delete it as their work develops.”

The guild was founded in 1979 and has over 2,980 members studying over 8,935 individual surnames. The Guild of One-Name Studies website launched on April 1, 2016, and is continually expanding its list of surnames. The guild expects the volume of data submitted by guild members to increase significantly now that they can make their research contributions online. And teaming up with FamilySearch.org ensures that more people are making interesting discoveries about their surnames.

David Rencher, the chief genealogy officer for FamilySearch, said, “The rigorous standards and guidelines required by the Guild of One-Name Studies for members of the guild make this the highest quality data available for these surnames. Those who administer and oversee the collection of this data have spent decades collecting all instances of the surnames from a wide variety of records. Since many of these sources are yet to be made available on the Internet, this new set of records on FamilySearch.org is a rich new source of information.”

To see if your surname has been researched by the guild community, go to www.FamilySearch.org. In the top menu, hover your mouse pointer over Search, and in the drop-down menu, click Genealogies. In the Last Names field, enter the surname you are interested in researching. Click the down arrow on the blue All button, and click Guild of One-name Studies. Then click the blue Search button.

More information about the Guild can be found at www.one-name.org, where researchers can also register their own surnames.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Guild of One-Name Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies is the world’s leading organisation for one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to researching a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). The guild is a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. Founded in 1979, the guild now has over 2,980 members spread across the world studying over 8,935 individual surnames.

Contacts

Guild of One-Name Studies: Cliff Kemball, Publicity Manager
Phone: UK +44-0208 467 8865, UK Freephone: 0800 011 2182
Email:

FamilySearch: Paul Nauta, PR Manager
Phone: US +1-801-240-6498
Email:

IP No. 2016-2870957

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Mar 092016
 

If you join the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Who Do You Think You Are – Live! Birmingham show (7th to 9th April 2016), you can save £1 on the normal rate for April joiners and receive a special “show time only” goody bag. Visit NEC Stand T97-T99.

This special offer of £22 will cover full membership to the Guild of One-Name Studies for a period of 19 months up to 1 November 2017. The normal rate for anyone taking out an extended Guild membership in April 2016 is £23. In addition joiners at the show will receive a goody bag comprising a “Special Guild 8Gb USB drive” (priced £9.00 at the show) which has the Guilds’ Members handbook, The Art of One-Name Studies “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” book, the 2015 Guild Register and all 132 back issues of the Guild Journal of One-Name Studies pre-loaded, a Guild Lanyard, Bookmark, and a Guild pen, along with their normal Guild joining pack.

Plus: attend the Guild stand and you will also be offered free prints of the distribution map for your selected surname as recorded in the British 1881 census provided by the Archer “Surname Atlas” program.

The special offer of full membership to the Guild of One-Name Studies for a period of 19 months up to 1 November 2017 is also being made available Worldwide via the Guild’s website – www.one-name.org from the 6th April 2016. The joining fee is: UK £22.00, Australia AUS$44.00. Canada CAN$44.00, Europe €31.00, New Zealand NZ$47.00 and USA US$37.00.

More information on the sliding scale of subscriptions, depending on the month of joining, can be found at www.one-name.or/guildansubs.html .

Details of all the Guild facilities can be found at: www.one-name.org/guildsvces.html

– where you can find out:

  • more about undertaking a one-name study
  • the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the 8,670 plus names currently being researched

Cliff Kemball, Guild Publicity Manager, said today:

“Visit the Guild Stand at the WDYTYA Birmingham show (7th to 9th April 2016) and learn more about the Guild of One-Name Studies and what excellent value for money membership of the Guild provides. Alternatively join the Guild on-line at http://one-name.org/about-the-guild/how-to-join/ from the 7th April and benefit from the reduced membership fee”

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Mar 092016
 

The Guild of One-Name Studies has implemented a major new project.– The Guild’s Members’ Website Project. The main purpose of the Members’ Websites Project is to enable the website of each participating member to continue indefinitely as a publicly accessible website after the member has died or ceased to be a member of the Guild. This is a ground-breaking project for the Guild and goes to the heart of the objectives of the Guild’s Constitution which are “to advance the education of the public in one-name studies, and. to promote the preservation and publication of the resultant data, and to maximize its accessibility to interested members of the public. The project and its infrastructure have been through some extensive pilot running and have been thoroughly and successfully tested. The project is planned to go live on the 1st April 2016.

In September 2014 the Guild Committee approved in principle a project to host members’ one-name study websites and gave full support in the following November to a detailed implementation plan. At the end of February 2016, the Guild Committee gave approval for the project to go live.

The Members’ Websites Project, which is to be launched on 1st April after an extensive trial period, is designed to provide a safe haven for Guild members’ one-name study websites. A member who has registered the surname concerned with the Guild can now copy an existing one-name study website or upload a newly created website to the Project’s hosting facility. It will then be accessible to viewers the world over via the address yourstudysurname.one-name.net, although existing personal domain names can still also be used.

After uploading their website, a member will still be able to edit, delete and add to its pages. When they pass away or cease membership, it will be preserved by the Guild and available to public to view just as they left it. Research data, surname trees, images, histories, hypotheses, conclusions – all will thus be available to future generations.

By displaying excellence in one-name study websites the Members’ Websites Project has specifically addressed the Guild Vision that the Guild should “strengthen its position as the centre of excellence for surname studies.” It will also increase the visibility of individual members’ websites since the Guild’s main website will act as a portal to the Project. The Project aims to get existing members to make effective use of current technology whatever their computer skill level are whilst, at the same time, encourage new members to join the Guild.

Since the proposal to develop a trial Members’ Website Project was approved in September 2014, extensive test have been on going to ensure that a significant variety of website could be maintained and hosted on a Guild website. During the trial period the Guild have signed up 96 one-name study websites, of which 76 are now live, covering around a half a million names.

Full details of the Project are now available on the Members’ Websites Project pages at http://one-name.org/the-members-websites-project-mwp

Types of website

The types of website supported will range from free-standing HTML sites to websites using Content Management Systems (currently MediaWiki and WordPress) or The Next Generation (TNG). The TNG option uses input from GEDCOM files to display lineage-linked data as web pages, with trees, person details and indexes. Images and other media files can also be added. The ongoing development plan includes the planned introduction of an enhanced facility that will aggregate all TNG data into a Master Database so that Guild Member can search for a surname across all the TNG sites at once. To-date 30 HTML sites; 15 Content Management Systems; and 51 TNG sites have been successfully uploaded. Two HTML sites include those of the late Judy Stubbs (Elkington ONS) and the late Michael Debenham (Debenham ONS), which are being retained indefinitely at the request of their families. These retained sites are classified as being in a “Legacy state”.

There is no charge to Guild members to join the Members’ Website Project. However those using The Next Generation software will need to pay a licence fee for the use of TNG.

Examples of One-Name Study websites which have been uploaded by this project include:

1. Websites consisting of freestanding HTML pages
Sackett                   Vayro

2. Websites created using a Content Management System such as WordPress
Palgrave                 Audley

3. Websites created using an online database created from a GEDCOM file using The Next Generation software
Benedict                 Toll
Creating and Developing Your Website Seminar

The Guild of One-Name Studies is running a Seminar entitled “Creating and Developing Your Website” on the 9th July 2016 at the Beauchamp College, Ridgeway, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 5TP, starting at 09:30am for 10:00am, This seminar will include more information about the Members’ Website Project as well as other help and guidance on creating and developing a website for people undertaking a One-Name Study.

Website
The aim of this much-requested seminar is to guide members (and non-members) who wish to create their own one-name study website or to develop an existing site. Participants will be helped to clarify their aims in having a website and from there to consider the content and the design of such a site. Members will then be able to choose which tools might be best for their purposes, content and design. The options for hosting your website will be examined, including the Members’ Websites Project.

The seminar will be of interest to anyone considering creating a website or are in the process of implementing a website. The Guild seminar is open to the public and details can be found at : http://one-name.org/seminar-events/

Details of all the other Guild facilities can be found at:
www.one-name.org/about-the-guild/membership-benefits
where you can find out:
• more about undertaking a One-Name Study
• the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the 8,670-plus names currently being researched.

Paul Howes, the Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Study, said today:
“The implementation of the Guild’s Members’ Website Project is yet another significant development for the Guild of One-Name Studies. Many of our members have been working at their studies for thirty years and more. One of our goals is to promote the preservation of our members’ work for the benefit of the general public. This web-based project materially contributes to that goal and is a testament to the continued willingness of Guild members to help each other. We hope that this development stimulates still more interest in studying surnames. It reaffirms the position of the Guild as the leading organization for One-Name Studies.”

Paul Featherstone, Members’ Websites Project Leader, said today:
“The implementation of the Guild’s Members’ Website Project is the culmination of a tremendous team effort by a special group of members who have given up their valuable spare time, away from their studies, to build a process whereby Guild members now have the opportunity to fulfill two of the core pillars of the Guild. The launching of the project allows members to both preserve and publish their studies. My thanks go out to all the team members for implementing such a special project”

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Jan 052016
 

The Guild of One-Name Studies has reached another membership milestone. In 2015 the Guild of One-Name Studies broke all its previous memberships records by recruiting some 418 new members with a further 15 previous Guild members re-joining the Guild during the year. A total of 433 new members. This milestone follows a very successful year for the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2015 when the Guild achieved its highest membership ever – some 2,847 members.

Since the 1st January 2015 some 418 members joined the Guild of One-Name Studies, 233 were from the UK, 90 from the US, 14 from New Zealand, 43 from Australia, 16 from Canada and 9 from the Republic of Ireland. The remainder were from various other countries. 44% of the new members were from non-UK regions, which is a valuable step towards increased worldwide membership for the Guild. There were also 15 returning members: 9 from the UK, 3 from the US, 1 from Australia and 2 from Canada. The Guild now has 2,847 members spread across the world, studying over 8,700 individual surnames.
The continued increase in the Guild’s membership every year since the Guild was founded in 1979 (an achievement not many Family History organisations have managed) is a testament to the popularity of the Guild and the benefits it offers to its members – as the following table shows:

New members per month:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Average

2015

27 22 44 95 29 29 28 24 37 29 22 32 418 34.8
2014 34 64 14 15 10 21 11 15 21 21 27 30 283 23.6
2013 17 53 25 24 12 9 19 18 27 20 15 6 245 20.4

Details of all the Guild facilities can be found at:

http:\\www.one-name.org/about-the-guild/membership-benefits
where you can find out:

  • more about undertaking a One-Name Study
  • the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the 8,700-plus names currently being researched.

Cliff Kemball, the Guild’s Publicity Officer, said today:

This is yet another significant milestone for the Guild of One-Name Studies and is a testament to the continued development of the Guild internationally and the benefits membership provides. We hope that this trend continues into 2016 and beyond and reaffirms the Guild as the world’s leading organisation for One-Name Studies.”

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