Y-chromosome DNA test kit offer
The Guild is offering for sale to members a Y-DNA 37-marker test kit from Family Tree DNA, at a specially negotiated price of £80.00 each including postage and handling. This compares with the Family Tree DNA retail price of US$169.00 plus US$4.00-6.00 for postage and handling, or the project pricing of US$149.00 plus US$4.00-6.00 postage and handling. Guild members can find out more in the Members Room. (13th February 2013)
Booking has opened for the next Guild seminar, our Trades Unions Seminar, looking at Trades Union, Freemasonry, and Friendly Society records. The seminar will be held at the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick in Coventry on Saturday 18th May 2013. As always, members of the public interested in the subject matter are very welcome to attend. (10th February 2013)
A further addition to the Guild members' Guest Blogs on Ancestry is for the study name, FITZHENRY, by Jo Fitz-Henry. The list of these guest blog articles, with links, is given on this website. (31st January 2013)
Guild member Elizabeth Kipp is the latest to have published a potted history of her study name, BLAKE, in the series of guest blogs on Ancestry contributed by members of the Guild. A list of these guest blog articles, with links, is given on this website. (24th January 2013)
Another in the series of Guild members' guest blogs on Ancestry is Paul Howes' piece Howes it going? on his HOWES surname. A list of these guest blog articles, with links, is given on this website. See also the next item in this news list. (18th January 2013)
In recognition of its members' expertise on surname studies,
the Guild of One-Name Studies has been invited to contribute a number of
surname origin articles to Ancestry.co.uk.
This website will give links to these blogs, as they appear.
To date, surnames CUMBERBATCH, BRAUND, MICKLETHWAITE, OWSTON, HARDISTY, CAVERS, and PEPLER, have been featured; future planned surname blogs include MACALISTER, HOWES, BLAKE, FITZHENRY, and MEDLOCK / MADLOCK. (10th December 2012)
Booking has opened for the next Guild seminar, which will be another DNA Seminar , to be held at Ullenwood, Cheltenham, on Saturday 9th February 2013. This seminar will feature some introductory talks on genetics and DNA, followed by talks by individual Guild members on their own DNA projects and their value to their one-name studies. (25th November 2012)
The Maritime Seminar held recently at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, London, has been acclaimed as the Guild's most successful seminar to date - see the review video for this seminar on the updated Seminar page. Most of the presentation material has been uploaded to the Members Room "Seminars" section for the benefit of those Guild members unable to attend. In addition, a DVD is in preparation and will be available on the "Sales" page shortly. (25th November 2012)
Booking is now open for the Guild's 2013 Conference, which is on the theme of "Around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 8,000 names" - reflecting the over 8,000 surnames currently registered with the Guild. The Conference will be held 5th - 7th April 2013 in Cardiff, and full details are given on the Conference page. (23rd September 2012)
At the 2012 AGM, two new Master Craftsmen of the Guild were announced: Wendy Archer and Peter Copsey. The full list of MCGs is published not only in the annual printed Register but also on this website.
In addition, the AGM saw the introduction of the Guild Award of Excellence, to recognise excellence in ONS publishing. This has been awarded retrospectively to the winners of the Publications competitions of the last few years, and also to members receiving distinctions for their papers submitted as part of the Pharos Advanced Course on One-Name Studies. The list of members who have been awarded the GAoE is also on this website. (15th July 2012)
A Press Release was issued today
announcing the publication of the book
"The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: The Art of One-Name Studies".
The book aims to give its readers help, advice and encouragement on the various aspects of a one-name study
(the "Seven Pillars"), using expertise contributed by the membership to the Guild Wiki.
Copies are on sale at fairs and events or through the Regional Reps, or alternatively can be purchased via this website's "sales" page. (31st May 2012)
The Guild has held another successful seminar: the Industrial Revolution seminar, at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, on Saturday 19th May 2012, presented by a team of experts in the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution! (19th May 2012)
The Guild has recently revised its registration principles to clarify what is expected of members who register a name as a One-Name Study. There had been some concern that we were being represented in the Press and in genealogical magazines and websites as being unrealistic in our expectations of how much research should be done, and in what records. It has never been the case that these were conditions for joining - but in the past we have issued some guidance on research which has been misinterpreted as such. In fact, as our current literature shows, the only undertaking associated with a registered One-Name Study is to respond to queries on the registered name! You can read our rephrased Registration Principles on this website. (16th April 2012)
The 33rd Guild Conference and AGM, was held over the weekend of 13th - 15th April 2012 at Five Lakes Hotel, Maldon, Essex. The theme was "Seven Pillars of a One-Name Study", reflecting the seven activities involved in one-name studies - namely Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis, Publicising the Study, Responding to Enquiries, Publishing the Results, and Preserving the Study.
This Conference saw a major innovation: in recognition of the fact that the Guild is a worldwide organisation and many Guild members cannot attend a Conference held in the UK, the AGM and Conference presentations were broadcast for the first time in real-time using Livestream, and recorded for later viewing on YouTube. Guild members can access the Conference proceedings and link to the videos from the Conference page in the Members' Room. (16th April 2012)
Today the Guild was proud to be able to issue a Press Release, announcing awards made by the FFHS for 2011. In the Elizabeth Simpson Award, "Large Societies" category, the Guild Journal was awarded third prize (above, left), and in the Best Website Award, "Large Societies" category, the Guild website received second prize (right). (28th March 2012)
The Guild held another excellent seminar, this time on Army Records, at Ash in Surrey on Saturday 18th February 2012. Where better for a seminar on Army Records than at the home of the British Army, Aldershot? Well, not quite Aldershot, but at Ash Victoria Hall, some three miles to the east, and home of the Army Medical Services Museum at Keogh Barracks. We have assembled a group of experts in the field, for a highly successful and informative seminar. (25th February 2011)
Another Press Release was issued today:
The Guild has reached another milestone: today the 6,000th member joined the Guild. (23rd February 2012)
Apologies! Our apologies are due to anyone trying to access the website on the morning of Saturday 4th February, when they would have found the website suspended. Our new ISP had got a little over-zealous in performing its anti-virus checks, and had (wrongly) diagnosed a few of this website's files as containing viruses. The situation has now been satisfactorily resolved, and the files acquitted of any charges against them. We are assured that the suspension will not happen again! (7th February 2012)
Please note: Our new ISP uses a firewall to protect its hosted websites from malicious attacks. If you have difficulty accessing the website at any time, it may be that you have entered a wrong password too many times, in which case you (and only you) will be temporarily blocked by the firewall. You are recommended to read the information about how to deal with the situation on the Members Room entry page - before you get blocked! (7th February 2012)
Website move: Since last July, when the Guild's website had to be rebuilt from scratch following a disastrous hardware error at our ISP, we have been evaluating alternative web hosting providers. We are glad to be able to report that on 1st February 2012 our website and database operation was moved to a new ISP. The move went well and has now been completed. The Guild's email had already been transferred to the new ISP last October, so we now have both parts of our internet presence with the same ISP. (3rd February 2012)
Another Press Release was issued today, announcing a special reduction of £1.00 on membership applications made at the Who Do You Think You Are - Live! show at Olympia, London, in February. (8th January 2012)
Another Press Release was issued today: The Guild introduces flexible membership joining rates in six currencies to enable new members to assess the benefits of the Guild over an extended period. (1st December 2011)
MyHeritage.com, who offer membership on favourable terms to Guild members, today announced their acquisition of FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com. For an introductory period, subscribers to MyHeritage will be entitled to discounts on FamilyLink and WorldVitalRecords subscriptions, and vice versa. (22nd November 2011)
The Guild Railway Records seminar was held at the Steam Museum in Swindon on Saturday 19th November 2011. The Guild has selected this magnificent venue, and invited as speakers some of the country's most eminent specialists in railway records for family historians. Topics will include trades unions and the old railway records, and the seminar will include free entry to the museum. Full details of this and other forthcoming seminars are given in our Event Calendar. (19th November 2011)
Another Press Release
was issued today for an extended membership offer,
this time to coincide with the Federation of Genealogical Societies' Conference
in Springfield, Illinois, September 7-10, 2011.
Details of the extended membership offer are given in www.one-name.org/fgs-pathways-offer.html. (4th September 2011)
The Art of One-Name Studies seminar was held in Alwalton, Peterborough, on 13th August 2011. This seminar was directed at new members and those interested in joining the Guild, with emphasis being placed on what a One-Name Study involves. But since it also expanded on methodology in One-Name Studies, it also provided a useful update on new methods and facilities for established members. (13th August 2012)
A Press Release
was issued today for an extended membership offer to coincide with the
NZ Family History Fair in Hamilton on 26-27 August, and to celebrate August as New Zealand's Family History Month.
Details of the extended membership offer are given in www.one-name.org/nzfhf-offer.html. (2nd August 2011)
We apologise to all visitors who found they were unable to use the website during the week 25th-30th July. The website was out of action during this time, owing to a major hardware failure at our ISP. Our apologies for any inconvenience. As you can see, the website has now been rebuilt (from scratch) and should be working normally. (1st August 2011)
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Geoff Riggs, a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies since 1994. His contribution to the world of genealogy included not only his membership of the Guild and of Guild Committee (including a stint as Vice-Chairman), but also significant work for the Guild, for the Association of Family History Society of Wales, for Gwent FHS, and for the Federation of Family History Societies. of which he held various posts including Webmaster, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman. He will be much missed by all who knew him or benefited from his work. (20th June 2011)
Another Press Release
was issued today for an extended membership offer for attendees of the Colorado Family History Expo in Loveland, Colorado,
on Friday 24th June and Saturday 25th June 2011.
Full details of the extended membership offer are given in www.one-name.org/colorado-offer.html. (10th June 2011)
A further Press Release
was issued today, to announce another special extended membership offer for new members,
to coincide with the Yorkshire Family History Fair being held in York in the UK
on Saturday 25th June 2011.
Full details of this special membership offer are given in www.one-name.org/yorkoffer.html. (31st May 2011)
The Guild held a Guild "Mining" Seminar, on 21st May 2011 in Northumberland. This seminar dealt with many aspects of mining - not just coal mining, but also the lead and iron ore mining that took place in Durham, Northumberland, and the adjacent counties. A group of local experts were assembled, to tell the story of mining in the region. The seminar even allowed time for a visit to the Northumberland Archives and to their very interesting Museum. (21st May 2011)
Press Release issued today: Kirsty Gray, Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies, has been appointed the new Director of English Studies at the Canadian National Institute of Genealogical Studies. (12th May 2011)
The 2011 Guild Conference and AGM was held over the weekend of 15th - 17th April at the De Vere Hotel, Daresbury Park, Warrington, with the theme of "Northern Lights". The Conference was outstandingly successful and was much enjoyed by all! A Chairman's Newsflash has been issued with news from the Conference and AGM, and members can read the text of the Chairman's address to the AGM in the Members Room. (19th April 2011)
Another Guild Press Release issued today: Surname Atlas, which was first launched in April 2003 at the Guild of One-Name Studies AGM and Conference in Liverpool, has been updated to version 1.1 and will be available at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at Olympia, London, on 25th to 27th February 2011, and from the Sales page of this website. (24th February 2011)
A further Press Release was issued today, to announce the offer of a special extended membership to new joiners, to coincide with the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show being held in the UK at Olympia, London, on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February 2011. Full details of this special membership offer are given in www.one-name.org/specialoffer.html. (14th February 2011)
In line with recent reductions by FindMyPast to their subscription prices, the Guild is pleased to announce lower prices for FindMyPast subscription vouchers. The annual full subscription vouchers, previously £143, will become £124; the price for a 3-month full subscription voucher will be £38 (was £47). The price of the 40 credit, 90 day voucher remains the same, at £5. Guild members are entitled to a further discount from these prices as usual. See our vouchers sales page for details. (2nd February 2011)
Two Press Releases were issued today :
(28th December 2010)
The Guild's "Rogues" Seminar, held in Taunton, Somerset, on 12th February 2011, was very well received. Dr Colin Chapman was the principal speaker at this seminar, covering many aspects of the criminal and religious justice systems. Two hundred years of Rogues and Victims - were any of yours in court records? (22nd November 2010)
The Guild "Born Abroad" seminar at Sevenoaks on 20th November 2010
addressed the question of research into family records of people
born outside the United Kingdom - specifically, those with Huguenot, Jewish, or black ancestry,
or those born in British India.
Three of the presentations from this seminar have been generously provided by the speakers, and are available in the "Seminars" section of the Members Room. (22nd November 2010)
Prospective Guild members in the USA may be interested to learn that the online form on this website for applying for Guild membership has been enhanced to allow payment of the Guild subscription directly in US dollars, independently of the current sterling / dollar exchange rate. For more details, see the online application form. (8th September 2010)
The Guild's Computer Seminar at Epsom on 7th August 2010 was very well attended, with virtually all places booked. The material from this Seminar has been added to the "Seminars" section of the Members Room. (16th August 2010)
Following the very successful Maps and Mapping Seminar held at Helsby Community Centre, Helsby, Cheshire, on Saturday 15th May 2010, five of the PPT presentations given, together with handouts, have been added to the "Seminars" section of the Members Room. Further material will be added as it comes available. (4th June 2010)
Further to the announcement last October of the new Guild Fellowship Scheme, the first twelve Master Craftsmen of the Guild were announced at the AGM held in Thame, Oxfordshire, on 10th April 2010. (10th May 2010)
The 2010 Guild Conference was held
9th - 11th April 2010, in Thame, near Oxford.
Its theme was "Around the World - an international perspective".
Conferences and Seminars are open not only to Guild members but to interested members of the public.
Further details of forthcoming events, and booking information, are given in the Event Calendar section of this website. (12th April 2010)
Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd
has developed an Advanced Course in One-Name Studies.
Take your one-name study to new levels!
Whatever drew you into the investigation of your surname,
you are now deeply immersed in gathering and analysing data.
You have mastered the practical aspects of managing your project
and are eager for more discoveries.
The course starts on 26th April 2010.
More information about this new course from Pharos is available in the Members Room. (28th February 2010)
DNA Developments Seminar: Our DNA Seminar took place on Saturday 20th February 2010, at Cheltenham, National Star College, and nearly 100 delegates attended to hear about DNA Projects. (23rd February 2010)
Seminar: One-Name Sources at The National Archives: This seminar took place on Saturday, 21st November 2009. It took as its topic some of the valuable but under-used records at the National Archives, Kew, and included a "behind-the-scenes" tour. Like all Guild seminars, the seminar was open to the public as well as to Guild members.
Remember that you can always see the programme of seminars for the next year or so on the "Event Calendar" page on this website. (22nd November 2009)
A new facility for buying FindMyPast vouchers online has been added to the website. Pay-as-you-go vouchers are a useful way of getting started with collecting data, giving access to the impressive collections of genealogical data provided by FindMyPast (including the 1911 Census), without entering into any commitment - although we sell vouchers for subscriptions too! (16th November 2009)
Two new Guild initiatives were announced in the October 2009 issue of the Journal:
"There's more than one way to do it!" - our Guild Competition for 2010, where we asked you to describe your own way of going about one of the seven aspects of running a one-name study. (4th October 2009)
New Fellowship Scheme to honour members of our Guild who are outstanding either in the depth and range of their expertise, or in their contribution to the running of the Guild. (4th October 2009)
Members are reminded that the subscription year of the Guild ends on 31st October, and so your renewal subscriptions are due on 1st November. The standard renewal subscription is now £15.00 (or £14.00 if you have opted not to receive a printed copy of the Register). Full details of how, when, and what to pay (including the form for paying online through PayPal) are in the Members Room. (1st October 2009)
The Guild's PayPal facilities for booking on seminars or conferences, or for members paying their renewal subscriptions, have proved very popular, allowing payments to be made online through this website easily, quickly, and safely, from either credit card or PayPal account. These facilities have now been extended in two significant areas:
(18th May 2009)
Our "New Members" seminar, held at Amersham on Saturday 8th August, was a great success with nearly 80 participants, including a good proportion of new members and non-members. (updated 10th August 2009)
The Guild Seminar on Non-UK Sources for One-Namers was held on Saturday 16th May 2009 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and some of the material is now available in the Members Room. (16th May 2009)
The special introductory offer on the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course has now ended, although places can still be booked at full price. The course has proved very popular, and the April and June 2009 offerings are fully booked, but a further course offering is scheduled to start on 17th September 2009.
More information about Pharos is available in the Members Room. (20th April 2009)
New facilities available on this website (as featured in the April-June 2009 Journal):
NEW! The Guild Register Search widget (for Mac users)
The first two are for members only, but the JournalSearch facility is available to all users of this website.
Incidentally, the link to the page on Membership Benefits has moved since the Journal was put together; you will now find this page within the "Guild" section. (6th April 2009)
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