One-Name Studies and Early New England & Atlantic Canada Research

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Two Day Workshop, part of The Guild Comes to Boston
with NEHGS and the Guild of One-Name Studies

September 24-25, 2015, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston

Cost: $80
To register, visit our website or call 617-226-1226.


While family historians generally focus their efforts on researching their own family trees, others compile surname studies, which gather all occurrences of a single surname. Have you started collecting surnames? You may be interested in building a one-name study!

NEHGS, together with the Guild of One-Name Studies (Guild), is pleased to offer a two-day seminar that aims to teach you how to create, organize, and share a one-name project—all while deepening your knowledge of early New England and Atlantic Canadian research.

The program includes lectures, research, consultations, and informal  workshops. All participants will receive a copy of Seven Pillars: The Art of One-Name Studies, an outline for each lecture, a resources handout, and a Guild USB drive. Breakfast and lunch provided. Register today!


Thursday, September 24
9:30 am  Registration, Continental Breakfast & Welcome
10 am  Lecture: What is a One-Name Study (Guild)
10:45 am  Break
11:00 am  Lecture: 17th century Immigration to New England (NEHGS)
12:00 pm  Orientation to NEHGS Collections (NEHGS); Lunch
1:30 pm  Optional Tour of Facilities (NEHGS)
1:30 pm  Individual Research & Consultations (NEHGS & Guild)
4:45 pm  Question & Answer Session (NEHGS & Guild)

Friday, September 25
9:30 am  Continental Breakfast
10:00 am  Lecture: Atlantic Canada Research (NEHGS)
10:45 am  Break
11:00 am  Lecture: Organizing & Publicizing a One-Name Study (Guild)
12:00 pm  Website demonstration of; Lunch
1:30 pm  Optional Website demonstration of (NEHGS)
1:30 pm  Individual Research & Consultations (NEHGS & Guild)
4:45 pm  Question & Answer Session & Close (NEHGS & Guild)

About the speakers

David Allen Lambert (NEHGS) - David Lambert has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is NEHGS’ Chief Genealogist. David is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England.

Paul Howes (Guild) - Paul Howes is chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies and lives in Florida. With a cousin, he founded in 2008 and has since built a database of over 100,000 people in reconstructed families as part of his one-name study. A recovering actuary and former partner in a global consulting firm, Paul has given presentations on both sides of the Atlantic on one-name studies and his own study.


About the Guild

Established in 1979, the Guild of One-Name Studies ( provides its members with the means to share, exchange and publish information about one-name studies as well as encouraging and assisting all those interested in one-name studies by means of conferences, seminars, projects and other activities.



Questions? Call us at 617-226-1226 or email