Do you want to participate in a One Name Study? [closed]

+41 votes

Greetings WikiTreer's! Today we are pleased to announce the relaunch of the One Name Studies Project!

A One Name Study (ONS) is defined as a project which researches all occurrences of a surname, rather than a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple).

One of the foundations of WikiTree is our commitment to collaboration, so during this relaunch, we have expanded and clarified the guidelines for all ONS projects to ensure that each project serves as a collaborative platform that focuses on researching all occurrences of an individual surname across the globe.

Images_used_in_G2G-50.pngFrom here, individual team studies and research pages can then be used to branch out into specific methods or areas of interest; such as geographically (SURNAME's of England), by time period (SURNAME's of the 18th Century), or by topic (e.g., SURNAME DNA, SURNAME Occupations, or SURNAME Statistics/Facts).

Are you ready to get started with a One Name Study? There are many ways to join!

  1. You can join an existing Name Study;
  2. You can adopt a Name Study that needs an ONS Coordinator; or
  3. You can start a new Name Study by emailing the ONS Project Leaders!

Stop by the One Name Study Project page for more information on How To Join!


To coordinate a study: 90 days membership at WikiTree and at least 1,000 contributions. There is a limit of 3 studies per coordinator.

To participate in a study: Everyone is welcome to participate. 

closed with the note: See new join post:
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (764k points)
closed by Natalie Trott
J. Your message was received. As you can imagine, we can't drop everything we are working on to fulfill your request immediately when it is received, so please have patience.
Thanks respond when you are able. Yes, I would like to become more involved.
Thank you. I will work on my 1000 contributions.
hello , there is already a Denton ONS but there is no coordinator , I would like to join or coordinate it if possible ?
thank you for adding me as cordinator of the Denton ONS
Janine, you will have to request addition to the trusted list via the link on the study page. I don't have your email address to add you right now.
I'm very interested in participating but looking at the requirements, I'm not eligible yet. I am curious if you have study for either Carnahan or Valley though? Thanks! -Josh
**Looks like neither is currently being researched. I guess once I reach the requirements, I will check again and see what is necessary to start this up. Thanks again. - Josh
Thanks, Josh. Neither of those surnames has a study yet.
Natalie, I've been working on Carnahan for over 17 years and Valley for about 10. I would be glad to help.

28 Answers

+18 votes
i am looking to do a one name study in the Kibble surname. The surname is my grandmothers maiden name and I would like to put together information on the surname to help others and further investigation into my own family tree. So would like to be considered to form a study and help from Wiki would be appreciated. I have been doing family history for 25+ years and I have a Genealogy diploma from Centre of Excellence


Steve Davies
by Steve Davies G2G6 Mach 6 (66.8k points)
thanks just look I have  not made 1000 contributions yet. I have to wait a while


We can start a name study, and  you can participate, you just can't coordinate the study, Steve. Thanks for pointing this out, and we will address it on our project page. smiley

Hi I now have over 100 contributions does this mean I can coordinate the Kibble one name study now please
Stephen, it's 1000, not 100. :-)
sorry I must of misread the figure
+15 votes
I would like to join the One Names Study - specifically for the Edwards project (which appears to be in need of a coordinator).
by Chris Brady G2G6 Mach 1 (14.6k points)

Hi Brady, you are all setup now! See Edwards Name Study. If you send a Trusted List request, we will get you added as the page manager.

+11 votes
Would like to join under my birth name Morrison, please .....
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (180k points)

Hi Loretta, you are all setup now! See Morrison Name Study. If you send a Trusted List request, we will get you added as the page manager.

Also, please see our Getting Started Guide.

+11 votes

I guess since I'm going to take on the Kirkland ONS that I should join the project . . . smiley

by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (554k points)
Hi guys, you helped me set up my Kirkland ONS last year, but you never awarded me a project badge.  I am the coordinator and we have three separate sub-categories (descendants of Richard Kirkland, Southern Colonies, and Scotland) totaling over 800 profiles at present.  May I please join the ONS project?
+14 votes
I already uploaded Nel Familie as a project. I will gladly work on Nel trees in South Africa
by Marco Johan Nel G2G6 Mach 2 (21.0k points)
Yes, I linked your page from the main name study page, Marco! Anyone else who may wish to research may also add their research pages, add profiles, etc. It's a  big collaboration! Thank you for your work, Marco.
+12 votes
Because of this post, I reached out to the manager of the Hildreth One Name Study today and he immediately added me to that study. I was stunned at how quickly he responded. He already has a wonderful resource set up. I don't yet know exactly how to participate, but I'm willing to learn.

One suggestion--can this thread be pinned to the top of G2G for a while so more people have a chance to see it? I'd suggest at least through the weekend. There are so many good participation threads like this that scroll away so fast that many people do not get a chance to see them.
by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (580k points)
Usually only big announcements and proposals get pinned Nelda. That's great news about the Hildreth Study and I hope you discover ways to participate. What we encourage is to chose a specific thing to add, such as a certain family line, or a region. Then link your page(s) to the main study page via category and sticker.
+11 votes
I've set up a BONITZ ONS already in 2016.

But I am not sure if my pages are in line with the latest guidelines. Would be interested in getting a name study coordinator badge.

I also added a sticker to many profiles that are connected to my study. Is there a way to use my own graphic in this sticker?

Thanks for your advice.

Jochen Bonitz
by Jochen Bonitz G2G6 (9.6k points)

Hi Jochen,

It appears you already have the ONS Coordinator badge. What we did was change the "member" badge to a new display, so you are all setup here.

I looked over the Bonitz page, and it looks OK to me as the information is very high level. If you start researching specific areas, then we suggest splitting that information out into separate pages. You can find more information here: Getting Started with a One Name Study

In regards to changing the sticker image, please see: ONS Project Templates. If you need any assistance, please let me know!

Worked perfectly. Thanks a lot!
+11 votes
I have an Algeo One-Name Study on the Guild of One Name Studies site.  I haven’t done much with it, perhaps because I am having trouble understanding and working with the program I thought I would use to put trees up.  (TNG). Also, there are a heck of a lot more Algeos and variations of the name than I had thought.  I don’t think I’d relinquish my surname study on ONS site, but might be interested in one here as well.  I
by Santa Algeo G2G Crew (890 points)

Santa, hello and welcome to WikiTree. I can create the Algeo Name Study and you can learn how to use WikiTree, create profiles, add the name study sticker. When you reach 1000 contributions, you will be eligible to coordinate the study. The study has been set up.

As you say you are a member of the Guild of One Name Studies don't forget to add the badge to the study page.

I have it on my ROSLING ONS page.
+10 votes
I am interested in coordinating a One Name Study for Beaucage.  I've been researching this name for 10+ years.
by Sam Howes G2G4 (4.1k points)

I have set it up. Just request access to the Trusted list of the page, Sam.

+8 votes
Out of interest: how many Name Studies is a person allowed to run as the Coordinator?
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
Three is the limit, Ros. Some folks have more, but they have been in place for some time, so we are allowing them to remain as coordinator of those studies.
*sigh* - so if I had kept the 7 that I was running, instead of going off sick and orphaning them - I could have kept the seven? *groan* Botheration.
+9 votes
I am the coordinator of the Christopher name study. I set some things up, and have invited some people, but haven't had much luck getting things off the ground.
by Gary Christopher G2G6 Mach 2 (25.9k points)
Hi Gary, There are several active WikiTreers with the Christopher surname. Perhaps post here in g2g, tagging with Christopher and One_Name_Studies to drum up any interest.
I've done those things - several times. I've also sent some targeted invitations.

No luck yet.
+10 votes
Out of  my own interests, I have been studying and memorizing the Blennerhassett line.....any body else?
by John Thompson G2G6 Pilot (368k points)
edited by John Thompson
+9 votes
I would love to start a study for the surname "Petereit" as this is my maiden surname and no study has yet to be started. And, I already know many Petereit's in the US and Germany to start with. Anyone else interested, please jump on board.
by Elisa Pinotti G2G6 (6.3k points)
+9 votes
I would like to resume my duties as Study Coordinator for the Ball Name Study (my mother's maiden name).

Thank you.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
+10 votes
I'm interested in joining the One Name Study project. I'd like to start a One Name Study on my Grandmother's maiden name "Steies".
by Chandra Garrow G2G6 Mach 7 (71.7k points)

Hi Chandra,

The Steies Name Study is now active. If you request access to the page, I can set you up as the Manager. Also, please review for some tips and tricks, and let me know if you have any questions!

+7 votes
Hi there, I would like to start a One Name Study for Widrig. This will be a colonial First Families study beginning with a Palatine immigrant (Widrig-27). I believe I already have a badge. Thanks!
by Darcie Light G2G6 Mach 2 (23.3k points)
I didn't see this until today, so I'm setting it up now, Darcie.

Ready:  Just request addition to the TL.  

Sorry this took so long.
+9 votes
I am interested in adopting the Vaden Name Study and Vines Name Study.
by Charlie Vines G2G2 (2.1k points)

Charlie, I set you up already. You just have to go to the Vaden and the Vines pages and request addition to the trusted list. smiley

+8 votes
I sent in a request to do a Salt one name study on 27/9, but as yet have had no reply. Hopefully I did the request correctly. Please advise if I have missed anything..
by Alan Salt G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)
Please give me a few days..both of us (the leaders) are knee-deep in things at our own homes. Sorry for the delay.
+8 votes
I would like to start a Sumner one name study. My surname is Sumner. Through working on my tree I have found hundreds of Sumners.
by Shawna Landry G2G5 (5.6k points)
+7 votes
Hello Steven

I am currently doing a lot of work on Cassidy, Coat and Britton Name studies.  I have a ONS co-ordinator badge from 2014 but I'm not sure I am down as a co-ordinator for these 3 surnames?  I have had involvement in some other surnames but for these 3 surnames I also manage companion DNA projects at FTDNA so am keen to continue with them.
by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (218k points)
Hi Veronica, Sorry for the delay. I have you down for as the Coordinator for all three now.

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