Lindsay International is the coordinating entity for the Lindsay One Name Study (ONS).

The Lindsay ONS is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies, a Registered Charity in the United Kingdom.   Lindsay International profoundly appreciates the support of the Guild in hosting this site.

This One Name Study (ONS) can be thought of as a macro genealogy that simultaneously works top-down and bottoms-up:

We all are noodling back in time following our ancestral trail. The ONS complements these efforts by adding a top-down approach: cataloging Lindseys/Lindsays evidenced in all extant records-repositories for the benefit of all Lindsay researchers now and into the future. Simultaneously, from the bottom up, the ONS collects and aggregates contributed gedcom files and document-images from the member-base.

The CONCEPT of OPERATIONS (CONOPS) for the Lindsay ONS is in development.

Bottoms Up:

We are pre-soliciting Lindsay lineage information in the form of gedcom files with sourcing and supporting documentation.   Living persons should be minimized.

These should be descendency oriented gedcoms (forward in time) rather than ancestry oriented gedcoms (backward in time through ancestors maternal and paternal). The origin should be a Lindsay patriarch and his wife or wives.

Y-DNA is an organizing feature of this study. Gedcoms will be grouped according the genetic families of the contributors. We would like to achieve a single merged gedcom of the complete descendency from each of the EKPs (Earliest Known Progenitors) identified in the Lindsay International Surname DNA Project.

We eagerly welcome Lindsay gedcoms from non DNA-ers as well.

The Guild provides the TNG framework which will make for a searchable repository, results being viewable but not down-loadable. TNG provides for accounts with various levels of privilige– guest, contributor, etc.

This should be a team effort, but not a free-for-all.

Top Down:

We are pre-soliciting ideas for bounded and well defined projects to vacuum up data points — the footprints and fingerprints — of all Lindsays who ever lived anywhere at any time.  Our 21st century contribution will be genetic tagging (see graphic below), but it starts with collection.

Examples:  Create a roster of all Lindsay households (all spellings) in the 1790 New York Federal Census; Compile all Lindsay BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) records from OPR (Old Parish Records) for Ayrshire; Compile a list of all original land grants to Lindsays in Indiana.

Many of these records will “touch” the documentary evidence associated with the contributed gedcoms. The focus here is to compile all the rest.

Like the building of a medieval cathedral, this is expected to be a multi-generational project. It starts with a survey of the landscape: identify all available resources. A work breakdown structure (WBS) is initiated that gives rise to bounded achievable tasks with completion criteria. These are dispatched to eager volunteers. Completion is publicized. A box is ticked. Ideally, we would have a reference graphic showing what has been accomplished and what still needs doing.

Again, this is a team-effort, but it would be coherentized by a steering committee after the architectural phase.

We will need regional specialists, military records specialists, newspaper archive specialists…..

Where Collection and Genetics meet:

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