So what is a One-Place Study?
Quite simply it’s a study of a particular place and the people who have lived there over the years. By ‘place’ we mean a defined geographical area. Most one-placers choose to study a village, or very small town, and the area immediately around it within its official boundaries.By ‘people’, we generally mean everyone who lived in that place, not just those related to the one-placer’s ancestral family or people who were famous.
A one-place study brings together both the local history and family history dimensions to give a much fuller picture of what life was like in that place and why families came and went.
Have you got what it takes to become a One-Placer?
We affectionately refer to those carrying out one-place studies as ‘One-Placers’. They are the unsung heroes of one-place studies. They work voluntarily behind the scenes, either alone or collaboratively as a group, seeking out all kinds of historic documents and maps etc., extracting information on anyone who lived in the study place and then presenting information in a structured way for the benefit of all.Every place is unique, every one-placer is unique and, consequently, so too is every one-place study! One-placers are free to take their studies in whichever direction they wish, working at a pace they are comfortable with.
What has been done before?
Pacing your place
Maps & mapping your study
Buildings and house histories
Population changes – pushes and pulls
Simple indexes, reconnection and reconstruction
Primary genealogical sources
Don’t forget that class photographs were taken in many schools from around 1900 onwards, and coming across ones with names written on the reverse are a real boost! The photo shown was taken at Kingston School, Dorset in 1896.
Postcards and other images of your place
The One-Place Study Register
One-Place Studies EXTRA
Health warning: One study may lead to another!