Last month I spent a weekend away with the GoOnS and had a ball. Who are the GoONS you might ask? Well it stands for the Guild of One-Name Studies. This is where you decide to research all the possible connections to a surname, worldwide. You look at variants, movement patterns and family groups, to name just some of the things.
I also belong to the Surname Society, again is for a one-name study.
Both groups do newsletters, have Facebook pages, websites (details below) and offer support on this journey of exploration.
I’m still very much a novice, in doing this and I am discovering how far the surnames I’m researching have spread. I am researching both ABBERTON and CHASMAR.
So if you are stuck with a name check-out their websites and see if anyone is doing a study or join and start one, yourself.
Guild of One-Name Studies http://www.one-name.org
Surname Society http://surname-society.org/