How To Search

This part of the site is where you can access the records of individuals and families that have been uploaded. It uses software called TNG to store the records, with sources, and any related media. If it’s the first time you have used TNG, you’ll find it helpful to read the information below before you begin.

*UPDATE* 23 February 2020 – I am doing some major re-organisation of the way the data is held, so there may be glitches and duplication in the meantime.

TREES

I’m in the process of re-organising and simplifying the genealogical data into a few trees, relating to families originating in different places. My aim is to reduce the trees to the following four:

  • England-North Origins
  • England-Midlands Origins
  • England-South Origins
  • German Origins

Within each ‘tree’, there are numerous families. Some families are related; others are not (although it is possible a relationship may be found at some point in the future). They are connected by their oldest ancestors being found in the same part of the world.

Everyone in your own family’s ancestry should be found within a single one of the trees.

As the trees relate to the oldest known ancestor, families in the United States, Canada, or Australia will be found in the appropriate tree for their origins. As the study progresses, especially in relation to DNA, I may re-organise the trees.

BRANCHES

Within each tree there are different branches, representing different lines. In time, I hope we may find a common ancestor for some of the lines enabling us to link branches. If you have a family tree going back several generations, this can be included and you can have rights to edit and upload that branch. The advantage of including your research here is that the Guild of One-Name Studies will preserve everything, even if you are no longer around or cease to be interested.

FAMILIES

Each time someone in the tree marries, this creates a new family. Any children of the marriage are added to the family. Because many individuals in a tree have the same name, you may only be able to identify them with any certainly because of the family they belong to.

PEOPLE

Below family level, you’ll find the individuals who make up the study. At present there are many individuals with very little information and no sources cited for the information. Over the course of this year, I shall be working through the people and will try to remove those for whom there is insufficient evidence to link them to a family or branch of a tree. As everyone who has been involved in family history knows, it is still possible to make mistakes, and you’ll find a facility to suggest corrections. Please include reference numbers for any record for which you want to suggest a change.

It is important that you recognise that the genealogical part of this site is still ‘work in progress’ and use it to guide you rather than as absolute evidence of your ancestors.

HOW TO SEARCH THE RECORDS

If you know the part of the world that your ancestors come from, select the appropriate tree to search. If you are unsure, you should leave the search as ‘All Trees’. This will search all the records and may help you identify where your ancestors came from.

Take a note of the reference number of individuals and families you are interested in and you can use this to look them up in future. Here are the links you will need: