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Hello!  My name is Howard Mathieson. I am a retired Geography instructor and surname researcher. I maintain the Surname Origins and GeoGenealogy Websites.

Is your organization looking for surname related presentations? I give talks in both Canada and the United States. I spend most of my time in the Lake of the Woods Ontario Canada, and winter in Arizona.  I would welcome the opportunity to speak with groups on the fascinating subject of English Irish and Scottish surnames.

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English Surnames: Origin, Distribution, and Change

Occupational Surnames

Place Names and Surnames

The Ancient Woodland and English Surnames

Tracing Your Medieval Ancestors

Starting and Maintaining a One-Name Study

The Lost Villages of England 

From the Border Lands to the Backwoods

Finding your English Cloth Worker Ancestors








Ancestry Guest Blog:

Guest Blog: What’s in a Name? Hardisty: a persistent surname Nov. 2012

The Journal of One-Name Studies: 

The Boxal Surname: an Exercise in Landscape Evidence  Vol 11 Issue 5 Jan - March 2013

Mapping Global Surname Distributions  Apr – Jun 2010 

 From Genmap to Google Earth.  Jan – Mar 2010 

 Supercharging Genmap and the Surname Atlas. Vol. 9 No. 10,  Apr - Jun 2008   

 Mapping Stability and Change in One-Name Studies Vol. 9 No. 1,  Jan - Mar 2006 

Internet Genealogy:

Building a Genealogical Desktop Atlas   Sept – Oct 2008

The Global Gazette, Canada’s Online Family History Magazine:

The Sinking of the Waesland 19 September 2010

 The Origin and Distribution of the Gloucestershire Dangerfields: Part 1.   11 March 2008 

The Origin and Distribution of the Gloucestershire Dangerfields: Part 2.  11 March 2008


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