Guild of One-Name Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies is the worldwide centre of excellence in one-name (or surname) studies and promotes the interests of both the individuals and groups who are engaged in them.

Formed in 1979, the Guild of One-Name Studies has over 2,700 members worldwide.

If you have surname in your family that is being studied by a Guild member, they may be able to help you or exchange information. Please take a look at our website for more details. If your surname of interest is not yet registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies and you feel that you might be interested, please visit us to find out what is involved.

During the Secret Lives conference weekend, the Guild of One-Name Studies will be selling DNA kits. DNA has become an important tool for family historians, to be used alongside more traditional research methods, both for one-name studies and individual family history.

The Guild works with Family Tree DNA to offer two types of DNA kit. The kits are being offered at the Secret Lives conference with a substantial discount on the regular price and kits will be available to take away.

Y-DNA 37 marker kit. As the Y-Chromosome is passed from father to son, this test is only suitable for males. The Y chromosome passes down from father to son virtually unchanged. Every now and then small differences can occur and such changes are then passed on to future generations. If the test results between two males are a perfect or near-perfect match, they are related within a genealogical time frame.

As the Y chromosome is passed down the male line in the same way as surnames, this test is particularly suitable for one-name studies.

The kit that we offer is the 37-marker kit, which is the recommended test to trace paternal ancestors for genealogical purposes.

Family Finder (Autosomal) Kit. Autosomal testing can be done by males or females. The Family Finder test is designed to trace all of your ancestral lines and will confidently identify relationships for five generations, up to second cousins.

Autosomal DNA is contained in the 22 pairs of chromosomes not involved in determining a person’s sex. Autosomal DNA recombines every generation; each person receives one set of chromosomes from each parent.

Please do visit the Guild of One-Name Studies table to talk to us about what we do, or how DNA might be useful for your own research.