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2,466 study surnames with us
and a further 6,252 variant names.

Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher

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…..here 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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Mar 132017
 

Dr Ian G Macdonald, MSc (Genealogical Studies), C.Eng, CITP, FBCS

Zoologist, Information Engineer, quality award assessor, business systems strategist, process transformer, company director and latterly genealogist, practicing professionally in a limited way.  Ian is a tutor for the University of Strathclyde’s online post-graduate genealogy courses and chronicler of the Mewburn family.  His genealogical interests span eastern Scotland, much of England, Poland, Canada, Australia and anywhere else that seems of interest.  He publishes fairly widely and has been fortunate to win awards for it, including Aberdeen’s Bruce Henderson Award that led to the publication ofThe Alexanders of Bourtie, 1696-1886 – a gripping read.  Ian is Chairman of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and Deputy Editor for the newly launched The Journal of Genealogy and Family History.  He has a particular interest in seeing standards of genealogical practice being improved.  

Yeomen to shipwrights, sailors and owners – Mewburns and the sea

The Mewburns are a family largely of the ‘middling sort’.  They are from the north east – Cleveland, County Durham and occasionally Northumberland.  A fairly complete genealogical study has been made of them and of their transformation from yeomen farmers in the 16th and 17th centuries to more professional folk in the 18th and 19th.  However a major branch became boatbuilders while various others, perhaps influenced by living around the Tees, Wear and Tyne, were lured by the sea or into business to profit from the sea.  This talk looks at a near-complete one-name study (well probably not) and the marine related sources that have helped to illuminate a few corners of it.

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Mar 112017
 

Peggy has researched family history for more than twenty years becoming progressively more involved as time went by, and now culminating in the joys of more time for genealogy due to retirement two years ago. After more than forty courses successfully completed over time, she will finish spring 2017 studies through the National institute of Genealogical Studies in Canadian Records with the designation of PLCGS.  She has already completed the Advanced Certificate in Methodological Studies.  Peggy has conducted workshops in topics ranging from Making the Most of Online Services, Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Atlantic Canada Genealogical resources, Strategies for Brickwall Busting and of course, Surname and One-name Studies on behalf of the Guild. She finds great satisfaction in assisting beginning researchers to learn strategies for independent research.  A diverse educational and work background (some might say a lack of focus!)  includes a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Sociology, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies and all seems to finally come together in her current genealogical activities.  In Peggy’s one-name study, with origins in the Channel Islands, family reconstruction and social history are the primary attractions. 

Waves of Migration: Landing on the Shores of Canada and United States 

As your one-name study travels the world, chances are good that at some point your surname will land on the shores of North America. Peggy and Tessa will identify the ports in two of the largest countries in North America and explore the resources and records that will assist you as you extend your one-name study to North America.

Peggy will be delivering a pre-recorded presentation at the Guild of One-Name Studies conference on Sunday 2nd April 2017 with Tessa Keough. 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 072017
 

Tessa Keough Photo

Tessa Keough is an attorney by profession and a genealogist by avocation. She takes advantage of 21st century technology to work on her own family history as well as engage in specialized projects. These projects include a one-name study of her surname Keough and one-place study of a community in Newfoundland.

Tessa believes in giving back to the genealogy community and does so through the Guild of One-Name Studies, her Legacy Virtual Users’ Group Community on Google+, her YouTube channel TessaWatch, and several local genealogy and historical societies. She also writes for genealogy publications and presents at webinars, seminars, and conferences. 

Waves of Migration: Landing on the Shores of Canada and United States 

As your one-name study travels the world, chances are good that at some point your surname will land on the shores of North America. Peggy and Tessa will identify the ports in two of the largest countries in North America and explore the resources and records that will assist you as you extend your one-name study to North America.

Tessa will be delivering a pre-recorded presentation at the Guild of One-Name Studies conference on Sunday 2nd April 2017 with Peggy Chapman. 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 032017
 
Barbara Griffiths has been a Guild member since 2002.  She conducts the PARRY One-Name Study and is administrator of the associated PARRY DNA project at FTDNA.  She also runs an Autosomal DNA project aimed at discovering more about all of her own ancestors.   With almost seven years experience since taking her first Autosomal DNA test, she has a keen interest in helping others to understand, and gain more from, their results.
 
Autosomal DNA testing for One-Namers – Navigating your results on the test company sites.  What can 3rd party sites offer you?  Mapping chromosomes – which ancestors did your DNA come from?  Strategies for working with your results to confirm shared ancestry. These are just some of the aspects of working with Autosomal DNA testing that this talk will cover, concentrating on those of most interest to Guild Members.
 
Barbara will be presenting at the Guild of One-Name Studies conference during the DNA sessions on Friday 31st March 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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