The FFHS’s awards

The Guild of One-Name Studies is pleased to announce the results of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) 2011 Awards especially where they impact on the Guild and its members. The awards were announced at the FFHS’s AGM which took place in London on Saturday 24th March 2012. The results were:

The Elizabeth Simpson Award for best Journal

Large Societies 1st Somerset & Dorset FHS –; 2nd Oxfordshire FHS –; 3rd Guild of One Name Studies –

One Name Societies 1st: Witheridge Family History Society –; 2nd: The Dalton Genealogical Society –; 3rd: Stonehewer-Stanier Society – All these one-name Societies have their surnames registered with the Guild of One-Name Societies.

Overall Winner New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Large Societies 1st: The Families In British India Society 2nd: Guild of One-Name Studies 3rd: North of Ireland FHS

One-Name Societies 1st: Alabaster Society 2nd: Clan Davidson Association 3rd: The Filby Association. All these societies have their surnames registered with the Guild.

The Guild of One-Name Societies is delighted with the results of the FFHS’s Awards for 2011 for both its Website and Journal and looks forward to seeing ongoing improvements in the way the Guild provides information to its members and the genealogical community worldwide.

Details of the Guild’s facilities can be found at: - where you can find:

  • more about undertaking a one-name study
  • the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the 8,000 plus names currently being researched

Keith Bage, the Guild’s editor in 2011, said today "It is very pleasing to see the Guild being recognised in its efforts to produce an informative, high quality journal for its membership."

Anne Shankland, the Guild’s Webmaster, said today "It is pleasing to note that not only was the Guild itself represented in the top three large societies for both Journal and Website, but that all six of the winning one-name societies were for names registered with the Guild."

The Guild of One-Name Studies is the world's leading organization for one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). The Guild is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. Founded in 1979, the Guild now has over 2,500 members spread across the world, studying over 8,000 individual surnames.

FFHS Awards

The Elizabeth Simpson Award for the Journal making the Best contribution to Family History

The Elizabeth Simpson Award was first introduced in 1979 and is awarded annually to the society whose journal has, in the opinion of the judges, made the best contribution to family history during the preceding twelve months. The 2011 winning society received £250 in prize money, a trophy and a certificate. For full details please see the Best Journal pages.

The Best Website Award

The Federation organises an annual award to the member society with the best web site, in recognition of the growing importance of this media. The first award was made in June 2001 and sponsorship for this event is kindly provided each year by ABM Publishing who presented a £100 cheque to the winning society.