Is your Surname registered?

Our 2,844 members have registered
2,466 study surnames with us
and a further 6,252 variant names.

Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher

Apr 212017

As genealogists and family historians join the Guild they are each assigned to a region. We have regions that cover the English and Wales Counties and in Scotland there are three regions, Scotland South, Scotland Aberdeen and Scotland North. There is one Regional Rep for Ireland, one for Europe and one for South Africa. Australia has five regional reps, with the majority of members in the South East Region, which looks after Victoria and New South Wales and ACT. We have four regional reps in Canada and six in the United States. We also have eleven members who sit in a region called “unattached” and the members in that region reside in a variation of Countries; Jersey, Guernsey, China, Thailand, Kuwait, Israel, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

The function of a Rep is to act as a support network between the member and the Organisation. Many reps produce newsletters for their members, some monthly and others not so frequently. Other reps arrange meetings and some reps do a variation of both. 

There is no hard and fast rule to the volunteer work undertaken by Regional Reps, simply that they support and communicate with the members in their region.

Do you belong to an organisation that has regional support? Could you share what they do and the benefits of such a role? Are you a Guild member residing in a region where there is currently no regional rep? If you are and you would like to help then please

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Apr 122017

The Guild publishes an award winning journal quarterly and has done for the majority of the Guild’s existence.

Journals are available as PDF downloads to members in addition to receiving the journal in the mail, although there is an option to “Go Green” and not have a paper copy sent.

Journals that are more than three years old are available to non-members free of charge and can be accessed by clicking HERE. There is a really useful search facility that is available to members and non-members alike and is searchable by article title and by author.

A search of the word DNA revealed 58 results and those that are available to the public are linked so they can be easily accessed. More recent journals are available to purchase.

Have you used the search facility of the journal? Perhaps leave a comment if you came across an interesting article or your surname mentioned.

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Apr 112017

The one thing that most genealogists cannot resist is an Index, whether that be in a book, CD, article, or on a website. 

The Guild holds a number of indexes which are available to members. What is especially useful to members and non-members alike is that a search of the online Register using the search facility at the top right of the website as you can see from this image.

The search reveals any instances of that surname held within the Guild’s arsenal of indexes in addition to the profile page for the surname if it is registered.

I searched for the surname of Butcher as I knew that it would yield a variation of results.

This slide shows that the Guild has the following indexes:

  • Marriage Indexes 1837-1911
  • Probate Index
  • Scottish Index
  • Worldwide Marriage Index
  • Inscriptions Index
  • BMD Index 

Members are encouraged to submit their material from their own research in addition to any One-Name Study or Surname Study. This is a great way to demonstrate the Guild ethos of members helping members.

Our indexes are available to members and managed by volunteers under the support and guidance of Anne Shankland who is our Indexes Administrator. The BMD Index  and Marriage Indexes are looked after by Cliff Kemball, Probate Index by Derrick Watson and the Worldwide Marriage Index by Marie Byatt.

Does your surname appear as a registered study with the Guild or within the Guild indexes?

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Mar 182017
Michelle Patient is a genealogist, embroiderer and a geek with a degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry and technical qualifications in Geology. Michelle has a love of data, facts and research. Working for many years in civil engineering laboratories before moving into programming databases for marketing projects, she has spoken to various community and work-related groups since the 1970’s.
She started researching her mother’s birth family back in the early 1990’s and became seriously addicted to genealogy research over a wet Sydney Christmas at the end of 1999. Growing up with an elder grandmother’s stories and being given her photos in 1999 started the roller coaster ride that has become her genealogy research journey.
Michelle’s science and engineering background has helped her develop research tips which she shares regularly with the wider genealogy community in face to face presentations, in magazines, and over the Internet. Michelle’s articles have been published in various magazines including: Sydney PC Users Group magazine PrintScreen, Information for New Users (IfNu) column, Australian Family Tree Connection Magazine, Inside History, the Royal Australian Historical Society’s History Magazine, The New Zealand Genealogist and the Journal of One Name Studies.
She has volunteered in various roles within the genealogy community, both in Australia and New Zealand including President of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists 2012 – 2014 and New Zealand Regional Representative for the Guild of One-Name Studies 2015 – present and Education Committee Member Society of Australian Genealogists.
Shackles, Shekels and Shrapnel, the Exodus to the Southern Seas 
Since the late 1700s there have been various waves of migration from the Northern Hemisphere to the “new lands” in the Southern Seas. Michelle will explore migration waves, the records they created and where to find them.
Michelle will be presenting at the Guild of One-Name Studies conference on Saturday 1st April 2017. Non-members are welcome and booking is currently still open.
Presentations will be available to Guild members after the event.

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Mar 152017

The Guild has a longstanding relationship with Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Limited, as Pharos offers two courses about One-Name Studies, an Introductory course and an Advanced course. Pharos is run by Helen Osborn a Guild member and author of Genealogy: Essential Research Methods.

Both Helen and the Guild received some great feedback on Monday that is well worth sharing with our readers.

A lady called Yvonne walked into her local library in Romsey… is what Yvonne had to say:

“I went to my local library in Romsey on Tuesday. I saw your book on display – a lovely new book with an academic title, Genealogy – Essential Research Methods. I idly thought “how interesting, I’ve often wondered about doing some genealogy”. I borrowed the book, read to page 20, followed your reference to Guild of One Name Studies, found my mother’s maiden name, emailed the researcher and within 24 hours he had sent me incredibly detailed 36 pages of the entire family tree going back to 1678!

I am still astonished at this and can only thank you for this wonderful result, obtained by a few computer clicks and an email.

Other parts of my family tree will be very difficult – my father was a Jewish refugee from Vienna in 1938.

Thanks again. Kind regards Yvonne W”

For those of you wondering, the family name that Yvonne was interested in was CAWTHRA.

Do you have them in your ancestry? If you do, .

Have you looked to see if your family surnames are being studied by Guild members?

Published with permission of Yvonne and Helen at Pharos.

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