Surname & Forenames – An event at the Society of Genealogists Posted 1 May 2018 by Julie Goucher Whats in a Name? A Closer Look at Surnames & Forenames This half-day course has two sessions, both run by Guild of One-Name Studies members: Session 1 –Surnames – A Guide To Family Name Research In The 21St Century – Debbie Kennett Based on her book, ‘The Surnames Handbook: A Guide To Family Name Research In The 21St Century’ this talk will take you through all of the steps needed to trace the origins of your surname and shows how to follow your family history back as far as possible. It is thrilling to discover incidences of your own surname that can appear in the 1300 or 1400s. Session 2 – In Pursuit of Lot’s! Using Forenames to Build the Family Tree – Sue Swalwell All too often we accept given names without much thought about their choice. But a new or changed pattern of naming can be an important event to consider. In this session, the speaker demonstrates how paying more attention to the usual and unusual naming patterns within the family can: Provide a shortcut to tracking individual families within the ancestral family Demonstrate migration patterns of the ancestral and the collateral family within the UK and globally Provide evidence of a link to a significant family event that triggered the introduction of the unusual surname A half-day course with Sue Swalwell & Debbie Kennett will take place at the Society of Genealogists in London on 26 May 2018 10:30 – 13:00. You can book for the event HERE and spaces are limited. Thanks to the Society of Genealogist for the information and the use of their text.