7 Pillars of Wisdom from the Guild of One-name studies by Carol Hunter Sullivan

11 September, 2020

Carol Hunter Sullivan shares the 7 pillars of wisdom from the Guild of One-Name studies.

Lucy J. Massaar Hunter-Weston

This week it is a pleasure to welcome Carol Hunter Sullivan as our guest blogger. Many of you will know her from her Facebook page: Hunter One-Name-Study through which Carol has been able to help many people research their own Hunter ancestry. Carol also has her own independent travel agency specialising in celtic tours and has organised tours to Scotland in combination with our Clan Hunter Gatherings.

Based on years of personal experience, tracing her family tree, Carol is in a great position to help you find the right resources to trace your own Hunter forefathers.
And now over to Carol:

Guild of One-Name Studies

My one name study with the Guild of One-Name Studies starts with a registration of the surname in 2015.  I was deeply immersed in gathering and analysing data for over thirty years and very eager to turn my discoveries into something of lasting value.  Collecting and studying the origins of surnames using genealogy techniques is no longer undertaken by family historians.  The Guild has more of a structured theory and practice, acquiring the right skill set, Surname case studies (our Hunters are everywhere), and learning from others.  The Guild is always there to help!

The study concentrates with a single surname (Hunter), family reconstruction and collecting data on Hunters worldwide.  I have also registered variations to the surname.


The objectives of the Guild of One-Name Studies, are:

  •         to advance the education of the public in one-name studies (defined as research into the genealogy and family history of all persons with the same surname and its variants); and
  •         to promote the preservation and publication of the resultant date, and to maximise its accessibility to all interested persons.

The following are known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom activities within a one-name study.

  1.  Data collection, comprising documentary, personal and genetic data.
  2.  The analysis of collected data.  By analysis we mean investigating the data collected to maximise the content and value of each data item and to show how they all link together.
  3. The synthesis of collected data. By synthesis we mean generating new hypotheses about the linked data in order to test the findings suggested by it. It is about drawing conclusions on the big questions relating to a surname, such as where it arose, what it means, and what are its variants.
  4. Communication. This inlcudes responding to enquiries, contacting an collaborating with other researchers, and contacting livng name-bearers.
  5. Publicising your study
  6. Publication of results
  7. Preserving your studyThrough the Guild of One-Name Studies , I have started a Hunter DNA Project at www.familytreedna/Huntar since the main Y-DNA is already done. My goal is to consider setting up a Hunter One-Name Society and have my Hunter One-Name Study With Many Variants book ready to add to the new Clan Hunter Centre Library in 2021. 

    Please contact me for more information: hunter@one-name.org and carol.huntersullivan@one-name.org


    Please follow me: hunter.one-name.net and  https://www.facebook.com/groups/hunteronenamestudy/

Thank you Carol for your contribution! Judging from the interest on FB, this is a great way to connect with other Hunters seeking information to bring them closer to their routes. Give it try!

If you have a story to tell that is relevant to our Hunter heritage, or you, or you would like to share your ancestors’ journey from Scotland to where you are now, then please send me an e-mail with about 600 words of copy and some photos. ljhunterweston@gmail.com.

Yours aye,

Lucy J. Hunter-Weston


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