Apr 122015

The initial upload of data for the Society’s Church Marriage Finder is now live and can be found on the Society’s homepage. This database will be updated regularly and is available to both members and the public.

To compliment this, a Marriage Search facility is available to members only and can be found in the Members Area under Information.

Background information regarding both can be found in the recorded 11 April Hangout which is now available in the Member’s Area under You Tube.

Jan 272015

The Minutes of the monthly Committee Meetings are now available for reading or download from the Society’s website under Society Documentation.

Each month the Minutes will be uploaded for the previous month following agreement and signature at the next meeting, e.g., January Minutes will be posted to the website following the February meeting; February Minutes uploaded after the March meeting.

Nov 122014

Our Social Networking coordinator, Jennie Fairs, is interested in hearing from members of their experience and knowledge of surname studies to help us put together a Definitive Guide – To Surname Studies. The article is available in full (post #662)  here 

May 062015

The third issue of our newsletter The Surname Scribbler is now available for members to download from the Newsletters page.


Showcasing the TSS Team, Vice-Chair, Steve Williams
The Tragedy of HMS Doterel, Mandy Blake
Beginner’s Corner, Sherri Gonsioroski
DNA Testing, Iain Kennedy
GeniAus Gens, Jill Ball
Introducing Elizabeth Kipp
Interesting/Informative Blogs, Jennie Fairs
Website News, Colin Spencer
Wills Database, Elizabeth Kipp
Surname Spelling Variations – Roake, Jennie Fairs
Galway Blake Family, Elizabeth Kipp
England’s Emigrant Database, Elizabeth Kipp

Nov 022015
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The November 2015 issue of the Surname Scribbler has been published and is available from the Newsletters page. This is the first edition compiled by our new editor, we hope you like the new look.


Hangout Cheat Sheet
From the Chair, Kirsty Gray
Introducing Member, David Faulder
Website News, Colin Spencer
DNA Testing, Iain Kennedy
GeniAus Gens, Jill Ball
Essie Jenyns, Janet Rigby
Copyright and the Genealogy Lecture, Judy G Russell
Bahamas Genealogy Group – North West, Jennie Fairs
FamilySearch – 121 Years Strong, Jennie Fairs
Surname Spelling Variants –  Sturdevant, Jennie Fairs

Dec 132014
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One thing that family historians/genealogists are concerned about is the preservation of their study. In order to assist our members with this difficult problem, a new facility is now available on The Surname Society website.

If you wish to preserve your study, the Society now offers the facility for you to upload a gedcom file of your study data to the website and to record who you wish the file to be forwarded to in the event of you being unable to continue your study.

An additional benefit of this facility is that, if you so choose, the data in your gedcom file can be added to the Society database. This database allows members only to search to see if you have a record of the surname they are studying in your file and then make contact so that you can both collaborate on researching that individual if you so desire. The search will not show entries in the database submitted by you.

You can choose whether to have your data available in either or both of the Archive and Database.

This facility is currently only available for gedcom files. We will look to extend to other file types in the future.

It takes a little while to process your data for addition to the database, during that time you must remain on the archive submission page. As a result, we suggest that you keep your gedcom file to around 1mB in size or 1,500 individuals. You can submit multiple gedcom files if your study exceeds these numbers or upload a larger file but be aware that the processing time may be lengthy. A file of over 65,000 records has been imported during testing but it did take a while to process.

If you wish to update a file once you have originally submitted it, please do not use the Archive data entry form – contact the webmaster who will assist. The update facility will be released to members in due course.

The Archive data entry form is available here.

The database search facility is available here.

Nov 032014

Welcome to The Surname Society.

launchWe launched this new society on 3rd November 2014 for those interested in single surname studies, offering members a fresh, worldwide, collaborative society that is modern, forward thinking and friendly. We do not prescribe how a surname study should be conducted, developed or managed, but we do offer advice and guidance and a whole lot more.

Membership of The Surname Society is just £5 (approx US$7.95 or €6.30) per year as we are predominantly an online society. We offer a first class service tailored to how the majority of researchers now do their research. Please explore the website and forum and see what we have to offer. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Join our Google+ community so you can participate in our online monthly meetings.

The Surname Society has many plans in the pipeline and we would like to hear your views and thoughts too! We have taken some ideas from the questionnaire responses but our ears are open to more (and offers of help to bring those concepts to fruition).

Feb 082015

Issue 2 of The Surname Scribbler has just been published and is available to download from the ‘Newsletter’ page in the ‘Members Only’ section.

It is thanks to you, the members, that this our second issue contains 16 pages of information. This is one of the advantages of being an online society, in that the newsletter can grow in size without increasing any costs to the society.

Our Editor is always looking for more articles. If you would like to contribute please contact the editor.

This issue includes: Meet the members Andy Micklethwaite and Sherri Gonsioroski, Sylvester David Willard, M.D. 1825-1865, Waterloo!, Calendar of Patent Rolls and much more.

Nov 152014

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first edition of The Surname Scribbler. Each quarter, the newsletter which include articles relating to surname studies, some ‘How to…’ suggestions and ideas, Society updates and various other items of interest to surname studiers, plus a ‘Showcasing the Team’ section, so you can get to know the volunteers behind The Surname Society.

This issue includes details of interesting/informative blogs, DNA studies, website news, old family possessions and a pair of dancing shoes!

Please send contributions for future editions to the editor.

Download the newsletter from the ‘Newsletters‘ page under the Members Only menu item.

May 092016

The latest issue of The Surname Scribbler is now available for members to download from the ‘Members Only’ area of the website.

There are 19 pages in this edition for you to read. As well as the regular columns there is part 2 of the article on Italian records availability also a very extensive list of web links for various countries around the world.

May 232018

To comply with the new GDPR requirements we have updated our Privacy Policy. Please read it by following the link in the menu.

Nov 162015

A new document has been added to the English > Resources section of the School of Surnames here. This document is by Gary Barton and deals with the mistakes that can be made assuming the sex of a person based solely on the spelling of their forename. Gary gives several useful indicators that will hopefully mean that members won’t make an error when recording individuals in their study.

Jun 032018

The Surname Scribbler May 2018 issue is now available to download from the Newsletter page in the Members Only section of the website.

Mar 132017

The latest version of The Surname Scribbler Volume 3 Issue 2 is now published and available for download from the Newsletters page for members. It is a bumper issue of 20 pages this time.

Aug 232017

The latest version of The Surname Scribbler August 2017 volume is now available for downloading from the Newsletters page in the ‘Members Only’ section of the website.

Dec 202017

The latest version of The Surname Scribbler November 2017 volume is now available for downloading from the Newsletters page in the ‘Members Only’ section of the website.

Mar 052018

The latest version of The Surname Scribbler February 2018 is now available for downloading from the Newsletters page in the ‘Members Only’ section of the website.