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One-Name Study

A One-Name Study is a formal investigation and documentation of all occurrences of one surname and its variants, whenever and wherever those occurred.

The beginning genealogist generally does not set out to do a one-name study. If, however, you have a rare name you are attempting to document fully, or if you have worked at genealogy for a while and wish to enlarge your field of research, then a one-name study may be for you.

A complete explanation of this type of genealogical research, along with suggestions for how to begin, is found on the website Guild of One-Name Studies [/www.one-name.org/]. Read more about what is involved and look at a few documented one-name studies before choosing this type of research. Even if you are not doing a one-name study, you could have the opportunity to exchange information with researchers who are working on one-name studies. The principles are the same; only the focus differs.

Macdonell family chart. Library and Archives Canada, Macdonell family genealogy, MG 25 G75

Source

Macdonell family chart.
Library and Archives Canada,
Macdonell family genealogy,
MG 25 G75.

Genealogical chart of the Panet family. Library and Archives Canada, Collection à propos des familles Panet et Barolet, MG 25 G96

Source

Genealogical chart of the Panet family.
Library and Archives Canada,
Collection à propos des familles Panet et Barolet,
MG 25 G96.