In January 2018, the St Augustine Genealogical Society heard Paul Howes explain what a One-Name Study is. On November 17, he’ll give us a presentation on his very own one-name study into the Howes surname. Come and listen to why Paul does it, how he does it, and how he manages and organizes it. He’ll explain how he works with and connects with people around the world, and how he thinks about his one-name study like a business with customers. He’ll also include some of his fascinating stories about people in his database. Find out how Paul’s management and research skills can help you with your own genealogy search.
Twelve years ago in New Jersey, Paul Howes’ younger son came home with a class problem: trace your family tree. The school gave access to Ancestry.com’s US data – totally useless for an immigrant family! “Don’t worry son. I’ll help ….” said Paul. You know how the story begins.
Having found three separate lines of ancestors named Howes, Paul’s interest in the surname was triggered. He now has a One-Name Study into the Howes name, an online database of nearly 130,000 people in reconstructed family groups and a small team of researchers in five countries working on extending it (www.howesfamilies.com).
An actuary by profession before retiring five years ago and moving to Florida, Paul Howes was a senior partner in a global consulting firm. He has lived in six countries, and worked in over fifty. Paul speaks Dutch, French and German with smatterings of other languages, including Mandarin Chinese and Welsh. From 2015-2018, Paul was Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies (www.one-name.org), a global organization of 3,000 genealogists, most of whom have chosen a surname to study.
Paul will be speaking at RootsTech 2019. He has also spoken at “Who Do You Think You Are Live?”, past RootsTech conferences, NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) and numerous other locations on either side of the Atlantic. In his other lives, Paul is an executive coach and a keen yachtsman.
Join us on Saturday, November 17th, at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South. St. Augustine Genealogical Society member meetings are open to the public at no charge. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting will be called to order at 1:00pm.