Committee, Officers and Postholders
The committee of The Surname Society comprises the four officers (roles in bold) and up to three members who need not be post holders.
|Chair||Kirsty Gray||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Vice Chair||Sylvia Valentine||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Secretary||Mandy Blake||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Webmaster||Colin Spencer||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Membership Secretary||Vacant||Postholder||Send email|
|Social Networking Coordinator||Carole Steers||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|School of Surnames||Vacant||Postholder||Send email|
|Assistant Webmaster||Hilary Gadsby||Postholder||Send email||Read bio|
My passion for genealogy started over twelve years ago when, as an adoptee, I traced members of my birth family, and I began a single-surname study for my maiden name of Stribling in early 2013. As well as belonging to various genealogical societies and organisations, I am Group Admin for the Devon FHS’s Facebook group. When I'm not doing something genealogy-related, I enjoy reading, technology and music. I'm married with a grown-up son.
As a Founding Member and Secretary of The Surname Society, I am looking forward to the future of both the Society and single-surname research.
I am retired from full-time employment and live in Spain. I have been engaged in genealogical and family history research for over 30 years.
I am currently performing a surname study into my paternal grandmothers maiden name Lefever, research into the name so far has led me to families in the Caribbean, USA, Spain, Ireland and of course France and Belgium where the name originates.
As webmaster of the society I have the challenge of developing and maintaining the website.
Social Networking Coordinator
I've been researching my family origins for over ten years now, and having hit brick walls within my own tree I decided to study my husband's paternal line. I hit another brick wall, but instead of going around it I decided to collect every instance of STEERS / STEARS in the area where they were last seen.
I registered the Steers One-Name Study with the Guild of One Name Studies in 2012, and have registered with the Surname Society so that it's accessible to all where ever you are in the world.
In 2013 I successfully completed the University of Strathclyde's Post Graduate Certificate Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.
I have recently registered the PULESTON name. My 4x Great Grandmother was Mary Puleston, baptised in 1813 in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire, Wales. My hope is that by undertaking a full study of the surname I can confirm the links that exist to Owen Glyndwr, the Last True Prince of Wales.