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About the study
My paternal grandmother used to remark 'If you meet anyone called Doogood, they will be a relative'. Yeah, right.
When I began to study my Family History a few years ago, I made the usual searches and was surprised to find the surname cropped up only infrequently in sources like FreeBMD, the IGI or the 1881 census for England and Wales.
One of my sons became intrigued and decided to search the entire GRO Index in microfiche for the name, and from this and other sources we built up a picture - all the fragments began to link up and in the end we discovered that, apart from a handful of people that couldn't be fitted in, my grandmother had been right all along - the Doogoods in England and Wales (and, we later found, Australia) were all descended from John Doogood and his wife Mary Faulks, who were married in Leigh, Worcestershire, in 1770.
I mentioned this once on one of the genealogy newsgroups, and a well-known GOON observed 'You seem to be conducting a one-name study - why don't you join the Guild?' So I did.
There's still a lot to do pre-1770, when the name was a bit more common, and I do know that there were Doogoods overseas (in the West Indies for example) that haven't been touched yet, so even though this is a small study compared with most, there is still plenty to keep me busy!
Historical occurrences of the name
The Doogoods seem to have been quite good as escaping what would now be called media attention. The only real claimant to fame is Henry Doogood, who was 'the most celebrated of Wren's plasterers' and decorated a number of buildings around 1690.
Nineteenth and twentieth century Doogoods followed quite a range of professions! They include a farmer, an excise officer, a railway porter, a couple of tailors, an attorney, a builder, a painter and decorator, an innkeeper, a jeweller, a coal miner, a Charlie Chaplain impersonator and a television cameraman. And they do crop up here and there in the Times Digital Archive, the London Gazette, etc.