New society gets off the ground
The Society for One-Place Studies hopes to promote genealogical research within the context of where people lived
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.
“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.”