Project: One Name Studies

Categories: One Name Studies

Welcome to the One Name Studies Project!

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 index page for the full list of surname studies.

Questions?? See our FAQ Page.


How to Join


The leader of this project is Douglas Lockwood.

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:

  1. Ask Doug to award you the One Name Studies Project Member badge.
  2. Add one_name_studies to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Join an existing Name Study as a collaborator by contacting the Study Coordinator or create your own study; see instructions below.
  4. Please contact Doug after you create a project page for your surname study so that he can create redirects and ensure tags are correct. We want to make sure your project is successful by helping others find it.

Our Goals

Members are to maintain a Project Free-Space Profiles page for the use of communication, posting pictures, research notes, publication and internet sources, tables and any other helpful tools. 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

one_name_studies.gif 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.

ONS Chat

Check Out Our ONS Chat One_Name_Studies_Chat

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.

Questions?? See our FAQ Page.

How to Create A One Name Study Project Page

Please Note: After creating your study, you must contact the ONS leader so that the study can be redirected to show in the ONS Directory.

On the top right corner of your WikiTree screen:

  1. Hover your mouse over Add and select New Project from the pull-down menu.
  2. A new page will appear entitled Create a New Project. You can use this form to create any project, but select "click here instead" for the option to create a One Name Study or DNA Surname Project.
  3. A new page will appear entitled "Create a One Name Study Page."
    1. In the first box, replace the "X" with the Surname you have chosen and leave "Name Study" for the creation of the study. Only add one surname and don't use punctuation. You can always edit the title later, if you want to be creative, but this will establish the web address, which is very important for setting up redirects. NEVER USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS!! It won't alphabetize the surname study correctly on the index page.
    2. In the 2nd box, enter just the surname by itself (this is to set up the tag for the study}
    3. In the 3rd and 4th boxes, enter one spelling variation in each box, this is optional
    4. In the Text box, change the X to the correct surname, Remember, DO NOT CAPITALIZE!!
  4. Click on the "Create Name Study Page." This will take you to another page that contains the link to the newly created project page. You can now start editing!
  • Remember you can always access this and any of your free space pages from your Watchlist. There is a tab at the top of the Watchlist page just for space pages.

Useful Tip: For an easy way to access your One Name Study and any other Free Space Pages, link them to your profile page.

Questions?? See our FAQ Page.

One Name Studies Categories

Categories can be a bit complicated. If you have questions or need help setting up categories, please contact Doug for assistance.

To Create A Basic ONS Category For Your Project:


[[Category:One Name Studies]]

Only put this on your study page. Do not put this on each profile included in your study.

The basic category is the surname followed by "Name Study"
Example: [[Category:Lockwood Name Study]]
Once this is entered on your project page, save the page and return to the public or private view. If the category appears in red letters, click on the category. It will take you to a category page that has not been completed. In the block provided, enter [[Category:One Name Studies]] and save.

To Create an ONS Category That Combines Surname with Location:

Structure the category beginning with the location followed by the surname and ending in "Name Study." Do not use an "s" on the end of the surname as this, in essence, changes the spelling of the surname. It's a good idea to always add the State level category because once you start looking through census records and only have a state listed for the place of birth, you won't want to go searching through all the county categories looking for your names. Just remember that families with the same surname living in the same location may not be related, especially if they share a common surname.
To see how this works, please refer to the Flaugher Name Study category page, examples following:

By Name Study:

[[Category:One Name Studies]]

[[Category:Flaugher Name Study]]
[[Category:United States, Flaugher Name Study]]
[[Category:Pennsylvania, Flaugher Name Study]]
[[Category:Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Flaugher Name Study]]

Categories for the Name Study should also be put in the general regional categories they pertain to. The hierarchy would look like this:

By Location:

[[Category:United States of America]]

[[Category:United States, Name Studies]]
[[Category:Pennsylvania, Name Studies]]
[[Category:Pennsylvania, Flaugher Name Study]]
[[Category:Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Name Studies]]
[[Category:Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Flaugher Name Study]]

Like all categories, using the most specific or smallest category is usually recommended, but in this case, also listing the state level category would be helpful.
Note: Never use [[Category:One Name Studies]] on your profiles. This is a "top level" category that should only be placed on your surname study category page and project page. We use this category to populate the One Name Studies Index page so we can't have individual profiles cluttering it up.

Questions?? See our FAQ Page.

Check Out Our ONS Chat One_Name_Studies_Chat

Suggested To-Do or Task List for Getting Started

(For helpful tools and resources, see below.)

  1. Start by adding your one name study category to your profiles.
  2. Look for other profiles with the same surname & post them to your study. These may be confined to a specific geographical area.
  3. Invite members by the same name or who are researching the same name to join your study. You can find them by clicking on the surname in bold on any of your profiles, then click on the "Smith Genealogists" or whatever surname you're researching, tab at the top of the page. This will show everyone following the surname.
  4. Does your study show up as a project on that Surname genealogists page? If it says no one has started a project for your name yet, but you have, ask one of the Leaders to help you redirect the project pages to your space page.
  5. Add your surname origin and meaning to your study.
  6. 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.
  7. If you have DNA test results from other family members, add the tests along with links to their profiles.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. Tell about your journey on the research trail. What exciting things did you discover? Any skeletons in the closet? Any wise old tales debunked?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. Consider creating a Facebook Group for your One Name Study.

Questions?? See our FAQ Page.

Useful Tools and Resources

Related Projects and Groups

Adding Project Template

One Name Study projects should not place their templates on all profiles of people with the surname. It should be limited to people who are a central focus of the project's current work.

If you would like, you may add a project template to each profile included in your study. This will help raise awareness of your study & may increase collaboration. The code is:

{{One Name Study
| name = the name covered by your study
| category = your study's category -- not required if your category follows the usual format

Note: Change the text to reflect the name of your surname study

{{One Name Study|name=Example}}

NOTE - BE SURE NOT TO LEAVE A SPACE AFTER THE = SIGN. name=_Example does not work.

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