2018 Webinar Series – No 4 Now What? Do Something With Your Data with Howard Mathieson This is the fourth webinar in the Guild’s 2018 ten-part webinar series. Now What? Do Something With Your Data with Howard Mathieson focuses on the development of surnames in the British Isles. Successive waives of Britons, Angles, Saxons, and Danes left their imprint on the landscape of Britain in the form of a rich tapestry of place names. These place names in turn laid the foundation for tens of thousands of English surnames. Howard’s presentation will demonstrate the approach used by surname researchers to trace a surname to its origin. Attention will then focus on the underlying regional character of the English landscape, examining the pattern of Saxon and Scandinavian place names and the distinctive surnames which resulted. Howard will include surname case studies that reflect the regional geography of England. Come learn about the methodology of determining the origin of surnames so you can apply that methodology to your own surname – wherever it originated in the world. Howard is a retired University of Winnipeg Geography Instructor and Administrator and long-term member of the Guild. His combined interest in geography and genealogy has led Howard to focus his interests in surname research, analyzing the origin and distribution of surnames through time and space. Over the years, his research has expanded to include a wide range of English, Scottish, and Irish surnames. Howard has published numerous articles in the Journal of One-Name Studies and he maintains The Geography of Surnames website (http://geogenealogy.ca). In addition, Howard administers several Facebook groups, including the Surname Distribution Map group, the Ulster Scot Scots Irish Genealogy group, and the Google Earth for Genealogists group. For those of you who did not download the PDF handout during the webinar, you can download it clicking on this link: Now What H Mathieson Handout If you were unable to join us live, you can watch the recording of Now What? Do Something with your Data webinar here.