Monday, 3 November 2014

Guild of One Name Studies update

The Guild of One Name Studies has announced some new developments:

New Guild services

Lodging of surname interests -a pilot project enabling members to record surname interests other than their registered name(s). This facility provides members with the ability to record an interest in a surname without having to register a full-blown one-name study. If successful the lodgement of surname interests could led to an increase in the number of surnames being registered for a one-name study.

Study Associate - a project to introduce study associates to enable members to collaborate on a one-name study, thus making it easier for members to work together on large studies (such as the surname Smith which has recently been registered by a Guild member). This project will be helpful where multiple people are collaborating on different aspects of research into a surname. It should also help where the member who has registered the name is no longer actively conducting research, allowing another person to provide new input. In addition it will provide for continuity where the member who has registered the study leaves the Guild or decides they no longer want to be the formal owner.

Website preservation -a pilot project enabling members to preserve their one-name study websites with the Guild. The proposal is for the Guild to host the one-name study web sites of members that relate to their registered surname(s). A major purpose of the project is to enable the one-name website of each participating member to continue indefinitely as a live website (that is, one that is publicly accessible) after the member has died or ceased to be a member of the Guild. The project will also allow participants, while they remain members of the Guild, to continue to maintain and develop their websites. This planned website preservation project is being trialled by the Guild because it has the financial resources to undertake such a facility and its long standing pedigree gives an assurance that such a facility is more likely to survive long into the future and so be able to offer an extended potentially unlimited life to members' websites.

For further details visit

(With thanks to John Keith Coldwell)


My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records online course starts on November 5th, and runs for 5 weeks, priced at £45.99. Spaces are still available - see

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