WELCOME to murch.org, the website of the Murch One-Name Study. My name is Ros Haywood (yes, I’m a girl!), and my number is 6593. That’s my membership number with the Guild of One-Name Studies, and MURCH is now one of their registered surname studies.
A one-name study is somewhat specialised, yet broad in its outlook. Let me explain.
1. It is specialised in that it deals with one surname (and possibly a few variants). So, instead of limiting myself to researching the eighty-plus surnames in my own family tree (although I won’t ignore them altogether!), I will concentrate on the MURCH surname.
2. It has a broad outlook because it won’t just concentrate on the MURCHes who lived in Devon, England (for example). It won’t even confine itself to the MURCHes who lived in England. It is worldwide. If there were MURCHes who lived in India, or emigrated to Australia, or moved to the United States of America – they will be included in murch.org.
And women won’t be forgotten, either. If they married into the MURCH family, or were born a MURCH and changed their name when they married someone with a different surname – they will be included too.
Disclaimer: the MURCH One-Name Study is in its infancy, so please be patient (and forgiving!) if there isn’t much on the site as yet. There will be! History of the name, its distribution, biographies, useful links – the possibilities are endless.
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