Earlier this year, 2015, I took Course 901 Introduction to One-Name Studies with Pharos Tutors, who specialise in online genealogy courses. The course is run in association with the Guild of One-Name Studies. I learned how to proof and plot the chosen name, how to organise a Study, and much much more.
But, most important of all, the course was an eye-opener. For instance, I had never imagined that the name EZARD would now be more prevalent outside England. This put a whole new perspective on everything – my assumptions and how I would tackle the Study. I have since done a lot more spadework and, at last, the Study is now registered. So it is a worldwide study from the outset. And the variants and the deviant are ‘in’, too. And, yes, it’s going to be a lot of work ….
I have a confession to make – I can’t ‘do’ spreadsheets. I just cannot get my head round them. But doing an ONS requires the meticulous recording of a lot of data, e.g. a spreadsheet for all Births, another for all Marriages, another for all Deaths. And so it would go on and on and on. But as all that was quite beyond me, it looked as if studying EZARD would not be possible at the level required for an ONS.
So I had to look round for an alternative. First, I tried Custodian 4 but it wasn’t quite right for me. Then, with some trepidation, I tried CLOOZ 3, which is a genealogical utility program based on recording data from documents. You extract and record the essential information, even though initially you may not know how it all links up, e.g. I have ‘Charles Ezard’ in a birth and marriage registrations, in censuses, in announcements in the London Gazette, in trade directories, in newspapers. Is he the same man, or are there several different Charles Ezards around at the same time? CLOOZ helps me to establish who is who.
When doing a One-Name Study, you have to remember that you are no longer dealing with ‘family’ but with ‘names’. It’s different and requires a new mindset.
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