What is a one-name study?
A one-name (or surname) study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple).
More information can be found at The Guild of One-Name Studies page on the subject
The Pullum One-Name Study
The decision to carry out the study arose while talking to some people on the Guild of One-Name Studies stand at the 2014 Who Do You Think You Are? live! show.
Although new to one-name studies, like many, I have been researching my family tree for many years. Pullum is my paternal grandmother’s maiden name (My surname, Brown, would be a very different prospect for a one-name study!). I started my family tree research with the help of my first cousin twice removed Maisie, an experienced family historian and whose mother’s maiden name was Pullum. I have since reviewed the sources and added to the tree.
I have registered the study with The Guild of One-Name Studies and the profile for it can be found at:
The study is very much in its infancy and so is still a Category 1 study: “A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.”
The name appears to be of English origin (more on that later) and is considered a small study i.e. 30 – 300 individuals on the 1881 census of England and Wales. I have determined that 70 people with the name Pullum were recorded on that census.
At present, most of the data I have is related to my family tree
. However the censuses reviewed so far suggest that the Pullum name may relate to one family. I have a large amount of the data i.e.
BMD (since 1837); 1841 – 1911 Census (E&W); parish baptism and burial records and probate records (where they exist). I also have photographs, newspaper extracts and other miscellania.
All of this will be reviewed and included in the one-name study. The 1851, 1861 and 1881 UK Census have been analysed for gender, age, residence (with maps), place of birth and occupation. Although not all added to this site yet. The analysis of the 1871 census is underway. I am also reviewing trends between them.
I have logged all post 1937 UK births on the database, and analysed trends. Marriages and deaths for this period are also being added.
Another element that needs adding is data collection from outside the UK. There are a significant number of Pullums in the USA and I have hardly touched the surface on reviewing that data. I have collected all the documents I can find relating to Australia and New Zealand and have found this be only a few.
Nearly all pages are still under construction. Planned content will be on parent pages but links to them will only exist when those pages are complete.
Last Updated: This page 31.12.15
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