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Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher

Jan 192018

A history of the names Mammatt Memmott and Meymot which have one source in the 1200’s and covering everyone who has had the name.

Containing 337 pages, with many pictures and a full index of all names covered, both the study names and others. Full of human stories of all descriptions, as well as facts; an interesting look into the lives of those who lived in many different eras in England as well as the USA and Australia. One branch were Morman converts and became pioneers as they headed for Utah, others were entrepreneurs and many worked in the Sheffield cutlery industry.

The author says “I am indebted to my cousins who wrote 12 of the 44  chapters and transcribed many wills.”

Please connect with the author, June Bird via the Book Facebook Page or via the study profile page if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book or are researching the surnames.

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Jan 172018

Yesterday, Debbie Kennett presented on the Joy of Surnames – the second in our ten-part webinar series on the 7 Pillars approach to a one-name study. This webinar series, hosted by the Guild’s Marketing Action Team, is free and open to the public. If you were unable to attend the webinar “live,” the recording is available here at the Guild Website for all to watch for the next seven days. After that, the Joy of Surnames and all future recordings in this series will go behind the member paywall as a member’s only benefit.

Do take the opportunity to learn more about the history and origin of surnames, resources to use with your own surname research, and the a bit about how Debbie uses different tools and resources with her own one-name study by watching the recording of her presentation – just use the link The Joy of Surnames.


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Jan 132018

As promised, you can read all about our Webinar Series, check out the schedule and topics, and register for Webinar 2 (The Joy of Surnames) and Webinar 3 (Gathering Data) using this link Guild Webinar Series 2018. Webinar 1 (What We Do) was pre-recorded and is also available for viewing using the link.

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Jan 112018

New Year – New Projects

As we welcome the new year, the Guild welcomes a new endeavor – our 2018 Webinar Series. We hope you will join us on the third Tuesday of each month to learn more about surname research, one-name studies, and the 7 Pillars approach to conducting a one-name study. The topics presented (data gathering, mapping, publishing, DNA, social media, continuing education, and preservation) are useful for one-name studies but also can be applied to family history research in general. 

Why webinars? In our most recent surveys (both the geographic survey and the USA member survey) you told us you want to learn more about methodology and be able to ask questions or get tips on how others go about their studies. In 2018 we will focus on just that so there should be something for everyone, whether you are new to surname research and one-name studies OR an old hand. We also hope this webinar series will introduce the larger genealogy and family history community to the wonderful world of surname research!

These webinars are free and open to the public – so members and non-members alike are welcome. Non-members will be able to attend the webinar live and/or watch the recording for one week after the webinar broadcast. After that, the recordings will go behind the member pay wall, as a member’s only benefit (with the exception of the first webinar What We Do which will always be available).

We are hosting our webinar series through the GoToWebinar platform. A few quick points to keep in mind

  • You MUST register in advance to participate and there are a limited number of spaces
  • Each webinar will have a registration link (simply click on it to be taken to the GoToWebinar website)
  • Enter your name, email address and possibly a few questions (depending on the presenter or topic) and submit your registration. You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email.
  • You will receive reminders before the webinar (usually 1 week before and 1 day before the webinar)
  • The confirmation and reminder email will have information on joining the webinar and, if applicable, accessing handout material
  • On the day of the webinar, simply click on the link that you received in your invitation to join the webinar


****UPDATE: Anyone here at the Guild Website can now use the DropDown Menu – EVENTS and then WEBINAR EVENTS to check out the schedule, topics, and register for our January and February webinars.**** We look forward to seeing you at our webinars.


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Nov 232017

The Guild is featured on page 25 of the recently published Family History Handbook 2018 which is published by Family Tree Magazine in association with the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS)

Also listed is a number of surname specific family history associations and societies.

Here is what the Guild Chairman, Paul Howes said about the Guild on page 54

“Established in 1979, the Guild exists to further the study of surnames, both in educating the public and encouraging our members to study particular surnames. We have about 3,000 members around the world studying a total of almost 9,000 surnames including variant spellings. We support members by providing seminars, a quarterly journal, discounts and shared databases. Our marriage database contains over 1.1 million marriages. We have 169 active websites for members at

Today, the global nature of the internet has made it simple to acquire data from across the world and see scans of original records, largely obviating the need to visit churches for parish registers. Larger studies can operate with teams across multiple countries. And we have seen recent growth in surnames under study from outside the British Isles, now about 70. DNA adds to the fun for surname studies! see for an easy-to-read tutorial.

The two really precious things about the Guild are the collaboration between members and the diversity of our studies. We can learn from each other because we are all trying different things.

Think the Guild is for others? Think again! Check to see if one of your surnames is being studied. If you find one, use the email button to contact the member. Perhaps you can help them or they you. If the surname is not being studied, what are you waiting for – it’s time to start your surname study.”

If your interest has been whetted, but you are not sure where to start why not explore the Starting Your One-Name Study pages.

The next Introduction to One-Name Studies taught by Pharos Tutoring and Teaching begins in February 2018

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