Paul D. Howes

Paul D. Howes

Paul Howes lives in New Jersey and when not indulging his obsession into family history is an executive coach. For most of his professional life he was an actuary and human resource consultant, having lived in six countries and worked in over 50. Paul has lectured on his award-winning study into the Howes, House, Howse and Hows names on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies for four years and was recently appointed the US National Representative for the Guild.

A Little More Accuracy? Estimating the Year of Birth

Ever wondered why so many of those calculated years of birth from censuses are so consistently wrong by a year or so?  For example, you know your great-grandfather, George, was born in May 1895 but Ancestry, FamilySearch and the others say it was 1896 because he was age 44 in the 1940 US census.  The answer is that the standard method of estimating year of birth is wrong most of the time!  Of course, that's always assuming...

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Howse your name changed?

My last post described how a family's name changed upon their arrival in the US.  It elicited a comment (for which thanks) that the name HOUSE pronounced by a Dorset person could easily sound like HOWES to American ears.  I promised to respond in my next post.  So here goes! One family's experience The word House from Dorset may well sound like Howes, but I think it goes wider than than Dorset to America.  Consider this example...

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House your name spelt?

As mentioned in my last post, I took on this One-Name Study to extend my knowledge of my name and, in the process, learn more about its origin and then share that back with the world.  A further real benefit has been to extend the joys of problem solving to reconstructing family histories for other people's families and in the process to collaborate with other researchers to find a greater truth. A year or so into our online...

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One-Name Studies: Why Study Just One Surname?

I'd accepted a job in the Netherlands to manage an acquisition for my firm but my kids were at an age when we wanted a settled home life for them.  So I commuted monthly across the Atlantic for four years.  While I was away, my younger son, David, was accepted into his school's “gifted and talented” program and his project for the year was to trace his family history.  The school generously provided access to Ancestry.com's US...

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