Advanced One-Name Studies (902)

Guild of One Name Studies

Take one-name study skills to new levels. Whatever drew you into the investigation of a surname you are now deeply immersed in gathering and analysing data. You have mastered the practical aspects of managing your project and are eager to turn your discoveries into something of lasting value.

Increasingly accepted by the academic world, one-name studies are growing up. Collecting and studying the origins of surnames using genealogy techniques is no longer only undertaken by family historians with personal problems to solve. All one-namers with a substantial collection of data are potentially in a position to shed new light on old historical problems. A one-name study provides the glue that melds together disciplines as diverse as population studies, place-names, etymology, as well as genealogy and local history. In this course, you will be shown how, with an interdisciplinary approach, your research and analysis has the potential to shed new light on the past and contribute to historical knowledge.

The course includes sections on the theory of one-name studies, a review of current published work on surnames, introduces more complex interdisciplinary analysis, and shows you how to bring your historical skills up to scratch. There is an emphasis on analysing data and synthesis or ‘adding value’ to your results, as well as working towards the publication of your findings.

The course assumes you are familiar with the material covered by Introduction to One-Name Studies (Pharos course 901). We strongly advise you to take course 901 before taking this course, even if your one-name study has been running for some time.

Students will normally have a registered One-Name Study with the Guild of One-Name Studies and should be familiar with the Guild’s seven pillars of wisdom. If you are not already a Guild member, please contact us for advice before paying for the course. Students should note that this course is not about how to do advanced genealogy research.

At the end of the course, those students who successfully complete a 2 – 3,000 word written article about one-name studies will be awarded the Guild Certificate of Attainment. The best articles will be submitted for publication in the Journal of One Name Studies.

Instructor: Helen Osborn

This course contains Set Reading. See How the Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID “ I absolutely loved this course and hope it becomes a Guild rite of passage. The support notes and the links were all great.”

Relevant Countries: General

902 Advanced One-Name Studies (902)
Starting Date
02 Jun 2014
Course Length:
6 weeks

Unassessed Cost: £49.99

Assessed Cost: £59.99

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