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Tessa Keough

Tessa Keough

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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Dec 172017

A quick reminder that the USA Member Survey will close in one week. To-date we have received 99 responses (we have 363 USA members). If you are a USA member you should have received an email with a link to the Survey in mid-November (a few days after you received our November 2017 Newsletter). If you received the email, made a note to get back to it and haven’t taken the Survey yet, please use the link below to take the Survey NOW (don’t wait, you know you will forget). If you are new to the Guild since November you may have been missed, but no worries – just click on the link below and take the Survey.

The Survey is a Google Forms survey and takes 10-15 minutes to complete (trust me it is painless). Your responses will help us determine what we are getting right, what we need to work on, and what you would like us to focus on in 2018. Thanks to those of you who have already responded and I’m hoping to hear from the rest of you SOON! 

Tessa Keough (USA National Guild Rep/USA West Regional Rep)

Take Me To The USA Member Survey

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Apr 172017

The Guild has so much going on, whether that is in person (seminars, conferences, committee and regional meetings) or online (websites, social media, journals, indexes). How is a Guild member to keep up? Why not check out the News where we share all kinds of news with our members and the genealogy public. At the Guild Website simply select News at the drop down menu and then focus on the type of news you are interested in, including

  • General News – all this month using the A to Z Challenge, we are posting an article highlighting a service or benefit found here at our Guild Website. We show you where to find it, how it works, and encourage you to take advantage of it. The rest of year, we post general news of interest to our membership. 
  • Regional News – if you want to get information about the various Guild regions or contact information for your regional representative, check out the regional news. When a regional representative publishes a newsletter or email bulletin you should be able to find it here. A shout out to Guild members Ken and Jean Toll who publish regular newsletters that are quite informative!
  • Committee News – want to find out about the agenda or documentation for a committee meeting? Select the Committee News tab and previous meeting information is available for your reading pleasure.
  • Chairman’s Newsletter – although the Chairman’s Newsletter is pushed via email to all members, perhaps you have missed one (check to make sure your email provider hasn’t put it in the spam folder). This is the place to find all previous Chairman’s Newsletters.
  • Media Releases – when the Guild shares publicity items, shares news with the genealogy community, and/or is featured in the news, you should be able to find it here in Media Releases. If you have something for a media release, contact Guild Member Cliff Kemball, our publicity manager.
  • Features – leave it to our webmaster Kim Baldacchino to provide Guild members with a quick and easy way to focus on 6 of the top features at our Website and make them accessible with a simple click. Right now 3 of the features are the Guild Wiki, DNA Kits, and Guild Seminars. If you are wondering what the other 3 features are, why not visit the Features page found at News.

Between our social media and the News here at the Website, Guild members should always know what the Guild is up to – you can read all about it!  






where to find all the news

features – an easy way to find some of the freshest news

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