Project: One Name Studies
The purpose of this project is to provide you with a potentially valuable resource that will help you coordinate with other WikiTree members who are researching the same surname and to provide a space for collaboration. See the one name studies page for the full list of surname studies.
How to Join
If you would like to start a One Name Study on WikiTree, or join with an existing study as a collaborator, please do the following:
- Ask Doug or Alison to award you the One Name Studies Project Member badge.
- Add one_name_studies to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
- Join an existing Name Study as a collaborator by contacting the Study Coordinator or create your own study; see instructions below.
Members are encouraged to maintain a Category page detailing their name study and profiles included in their research. Additionally, the use of Free-Space Profiles for communication, posting pictures, research notes, publication and internet sources, tables and other helpful tools is strongly encouraged. Each name study should have at least one coordinator to handle interactions with other WikiTree members. It is an important part of WikiTree that we create a collaborative worldwide family tree and coordinators should work with other members to enable them to link their branches correctly.
Attention DNA Testers, Especially those with yDNA Results!
Are you looking for a new and useful way to get the most out of your DNA test results? There is no better place to gather all your information into one area for comparison and analysis than a One Name Study! By themselves, Y-chromosome DNA (yDNA) short tandem repeat (STR) markers from a Y-DNA test do not have any particular meaning unless you can create a Y-DNA signature and compare it to others. You are the expert when it comes to researching your own family name. In order to share your knowledge with others, help them find you. Start a One Name Study today!
Our Project Members
See the badge report for a full list of members.
Project members are active researchers who are pooling their resources to establish one family connection. Their research may be limited to one family group where alternative spellings are a problem, they may be researching a specific line of ancestors or collecting all references to a name and its variants to prove connections and theories about relationships. Traditional research, as well as DNA research techniques may be employed in order to prove relationships. Project members may act as the project coordinator for their surname study and actively market their study to the membership in an effort to encourage collaboration.
If you would like help with your project from your fellow members, add your study to the Featured Projects page. We're featuring a different study every week.
Before Creating a Study
If you are interested in a particular surname, check the one name studies list to see if there is a study that already exists for your name. Follow the links to see which profiles have been added to the study. If you think there is a connection, contact the study coordinator or profile manager to start collaborating. If your name does not appear on the list, consider starting your own study.
How to Create a One Name Study with a Free Space Profile Page
From your Navigation Home page;
- Hover your mouse over the My WikiTree tab at the top of the page and select "Surnames" from the pull-down menu.
- About halfway down the list, select "Create a _one name study, DNA project, etc.
- A form will appear:
- You have the option to list up to three different spelling variations
- Use the text box to tell a little about your project, stating your goals and inviting others to collaborate, etc.
- Click on the "Create Name Study Page" tab to create your Free Space Page; this will take you to your newly created page. Make a note of the url so that you can link to it from your homepage. You will then need to set up a category for your One Name Study.
- On your Free Space Page, you will see your name study under categories. If it's in red, you haven't set up your One Name Study category yet. Click on the link and it will take you to the category page. Enter information about your One Name Study in the text box and hit "Save." This can be the same information you entered in the text box when you created your Free Space Page.
- Your category is set up and you can now add the category: (your surname here)_Name_Study (inside double brackets) in the biography text box of any profile you want to be included on your study page. Make sure Category: One Name Studies in double brackets appears on your main page to ensure its placement on our index page so other members can find it.
Useful Tip: For an easy way to access your One Name Study and Free Space Pages, link them to your profile page.
Suggested To-Do or Task List for Getting Started
(For helpful tools and resources, see below.)
- Start by adding your one name study category to your profiles.
- Look for other profiles with the same surname & post them to your study. These may be confined to a specific geographical area.
- Invite members by the same name or who are researching the same name to join your study.
- Add your surname origin and meaning to your study.
- Add a table and post your yDNA results. Encourage other members to do the same so that closer comparisons can be made that will help you create your own yDNA signature.
- If you have DNA test results from other family members, add the tests along with links to their profiles.
- Post your direct family line as a family unit & then invite others with the same surname to post their family line as a separate family unit, etc. In this case, the goal is to find a link between family units using traditional &/or DNA research. It would be especially helpful to outline profiles that show the results of your yDNA test.
- Are there any famous notables by the same name? Add them to your study and encourage members to post their connections since they are usually proud of the connection and posting about it is discouraged on the notable's profile.
- Add commentary for discussion. Who are your brickwalls? Are there any weak links that need more sources? Are there any interesting stories passed down through your family?
- Tell about your journey on the research trail. What exciting things did you discover? Any skeletons in the closet? Any wise old tales debunked?
- Add sources and resources. Are there any published books based on your surname with possible links? Historical societies in your geographical area of study that hold files on your surname? Family Historical Societies? Websites that are dedicated to your surname? Links for further research?
- Advertise your study to other members via G2G & invite others to collaborate. Post updates on what is new or interesting in your project. The more we communicate on G2G about our projects, the better the One Name Studies Project will be.
Useful Tools and Resources
- Names Origins and Meanings
- Lists of name links some useful others maybe not.
- Rootsweb guide to names
- Variant Names Project on wikitree links to werelate.
- Help page: Editing Tips This page also includes info for setting up tables on your page.
- How to Create Tables More examples of tables.
- HTML Color Codes for use of color on your tables.
- Map your data A nice way to view family distribution, see the Hoolihan study for an example.
- What are Y-STR markers used in yDNA research and how are they significant.
Related Projects and Groups
- WikiTree DNA Project
- The Guild of One-Name Studies
- The Surname Society
- UKBMD One Name Studies
- Federation of Family History Societies This home page covers all the U.K for Family History Societies.
- Great Example of a One Name Study This Study uses Traditional Research & DNA Research in an attempt to link family lines. The study is administered by Peter Lockwood & is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies.
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