The Sole Society, a Family History Society researching Sole, Saul, Sewell, Solley and similar names

Information about the Society

The Sole Society is a family history society with approximately 100 members and a very wide circle of friends and contacts. The Society is researching SOLE, SAUL, SEWELL, SOLLEY and similar names. Most of our early research has been UK based but we are keen to extend our records worldwide.

Membership gives you all the benefits listed below.

On this page we set out The Benefits we OfferHow we Operate and some information on the Origins of our Names

 Benefits we offer

The Society revolves around a small committee that includes surname co-ordinators. These co-ordinators have research responsibility for specific surnames and geographic areas. Their job is to collect, index and chart the information that we get from members and other genealogical sources. In the case of Sewell, the co-ordinator has several members with responsibility for specific geographic regions of the UK. Each co-ordinator publishes a progress report in our journal Soul Search and all of these research reports can be read online. This in itself is a valuable resource, with well over 10 years of research reports that can be searched in seconds.

Our Research Co-ordinators also help members to make the most of the Society's resources and act as a point of contact. Click here for Contact details.

All is the work is undertaken on a voluntary basis, and we are indebted to those who have contributed to our work over the years

Origins of our Names

Many articles have been written in our Journal over the years about the origins of our names. Some of the key articles are listed below. Additional articles can be found using the Search facility - type in your surname and the word 'origin' and use 'Find ALL Words'.

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Distribution of the SAUL Surname and Variants in England in 1851
The All Souls Collage, SOLE - SAUL - SALE - SELL
The All Souls Collage: SEWELL-SOWELL
The All Souls Collage: SOLLEY - SAWLEY
The Road Back - Origins of the Saul Name
Fact and Fiction in Family History
The Domesday Book and the early Sewells
Sewell Origins: Cumberland and Westmorland
A Sewell Topography
Searching Medieval Records for Sources of Names


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