Is your Surname registered?

Our 2,870 members have registered
2,478 study surnames with us
and a further 6,287 variant names.

Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher

Apr 242017

One of the biggest attributes that the Guild offers members is the numerous indexes (you need to be logged in to access them). In recent months a decision has been taken to merge the various marriage indexes into one offering a wider and more comprehensive index for members. This merged index will be known as the Guild Unified Marriage Index.

Many Guild members submit their own material to the indexes so that others may benefit. Of course the biggest benefit is to members who can access the full data available, but non members, should they search for any given surname will find that the search results will also indicate if the surname appears in one of the indexes and many instances are to be found.

I am personally submitting material that is relevant to my own family history and then moving on to records from my own One-Name Studies.

Do you use the Guild indexes? and have you submitted material? Or perhaps if not, why not?

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Apr 242017

The Guild, like many genealogical and family history organisations across the globe has a social media presence and that includes Twitter. You can follow us @GuildOneName and interact with us as we share snippets of information from seminars, conference, stand events, such as WDYTYA? Live, Pharos course information where you can discover when the next Introduction course to One-Name Studies will run, or the Advanced One-Name Studies course.

Do you follow the Guild Twitter feed?

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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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