New society gets off the ground

By Jon Bauckham, 12 September 2013 - 3:45pm

The Society for One-Place Studies hopes to promote genealogical research within the context of where people lived
 

Thursday 12 September 2013
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Simon Last has already registered a one-place study for the village of Parham in Suffolk 

Researchers have formed a new society that intends to “unite the fields of family and local history”.

Launched in September, the Society for One-Place Studies promotes genealogical research of families and communities within the context of where they lived.

Crucially, however, the organisation has no fixed definition of what a ‘place’ can be, meaning that members can embark on studies into the history of individual streets, villages and towns across the globe.

Cost of membership is £10 per year, with registration of a particular one-place study charged at the same price. Although the Society’s website is free to view, joining enables researchers to set up a profile page for their work and engage in virtual seminars with other members.

Each study also appears as a 'pushpin' icon on a world map, allowing researchers to easily find each other's work.

Within one week of the launch, nearly 40 people had signed up to become a member, registering studies on places that range from Parham in Suffolk to the Sicilian town of Sutera.

“The aims of the Society are to encourage and assist those involved in one-place studies and to advance the education of the general public,” says Kirsty Gray, the Society’s founding chair.

“The newly designed website shares good practice, ideas and methodology, promoting the research principles and problem solving techniques required.”
 

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► To join the Society for One-Place Studies, visit one-place-studies.org
 

 

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