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The Guild of One-Name Studies

Guild of One-Name Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies was formally established in 1979 to co-ordinate, educate and nurture the then newly burgeoning area of one-surname research. Education has always been a key part of their objectives, both to advance the knowledge of Guild members and also to inform the public about one-name studies.  It also exists to promote the preservation and publication of individual one-name studies and to maximize their accessibility to interested members of the public.

The Guild publishes the Journal of One-Name Studies, holds annual conferences seminars and lectures to help and support its members. In 2008 it decided to add online courses to its education programme. Pharos was selected as a course provider due to the experience of its instructors, the reasonable cost both to the Guild and to students, and its location in the UK yet with a wide reach to elsewhere. The current courses are described below; follow the links to read the full course descriptions.

Introduction to One-Name Studies. This five week course covers the history of one-name studies, why genealogists should have a one-name study, how to check on the suitability of your surname, the history and distribution of surnames, the practical aspects of running a one-name study and the collection and analysis of data from core records needed for a one-name study. 

Students who complete the Introduction course, or who already have a registered name with the Guild of One-Name Studies and a large amount of surname data, can also take advantage of the latest course Advanced One-Name Studies. This intensive course looks at studies in the light of analysis and synthesis of findings with an optional assessed element. The course runs for six weeks.

The Guild maintains a helpful website which includes a list of all one-name studies currently being managed by members. If you join the Guild there is also a members’ only part of the website that is filled with helpful information.


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