Price Genealogy : One-Name Studies

One-Name Studies
Richard W. Price, MA, AG®

1. Definition
A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree or descendancy. Most one-name studies are of less-common names, although there is a Miller ONS. Spelling variants need be determined as research progresses.

2. How do I start?

No two studies are the same, so there is no right or wrong way. Might find out how rare or common your name really is, how it is distributed through the country of interest, and later throughout the world. Check through national telephone directories and on the Internet.

3. Collecting data

Collect any data that you come across mentioned your surname. Transcriptions and indexes are helpful, but primary sources are always most valuable.

Acquire entries from indexes to civil registration in England, Ireland (North and Eire), Scotland and Wales
All entries from indexes of wills.
Entries in IGI and Vital Records Indexes.
Census Indexes, especially 1880, 1881, 1901 and 1851.
FamilySearch and Old Parochial Registers Index for Scotland.
Publicizing your study

One advantage of membership of the Guild is your ONS is advertised in the Build’s annual Register and on the Guild website. You might consider advertising in Genealogical research Directory, Family Tree Magazine, Cyndi’s List, Rootsweb and GenesConnected, British Genealogy on-line, etc.

Read More: One-Name Studies 

About Price Genealogy

Located one block from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Price & Associates is able to trace
most family histories back four or five generations without difficulty. With additional assistance from our research professionals across the globe, we have successfully traced genealogies back as many as thirty generations—to William the Conqueror, 1066 A.D. and beyond.

Price & Associates professional genealogy researchers have been helping people discover their heritage for more than thirty years. As one of the United States’ largest genealogical firms, we have assisted thousands of families to organize, chart, and verify their ancestral lines.Price & Associates uses the best software andgenealogy resources available, and even provides access to free databases and researching aids to everyone interested in their family history.

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Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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