We enable people without access to traditional banks (including many women) to expand their businesses, educate their children, save for the future and raise themselves out of poverty. Through Kiva, a non-profit organisation working with microfinance institutions, you choose a borrower to support with a loan of just $25. Similar loans by other lenders are combined until the required total is reached. As your money is repaid you can withdraw it or lend it to someone else. Money that is loaned over and over again does more good than a one-time donation. Join 'Genealogists for Families' - together we are making a difference!

02 May 2012

Meet the Team: Stephen Daglish

This week's guest post is by Genealogists for Families team member Stephen Daglish from Buckinghamshire, England (United Kingdom).

Tell us a bit about yourself.

A love of music but a sad lack of talent led me into a career in the administrative side of the music industry, working in areas such as rights, repertoire and royalties. This has also given me an opportunity to travel extensively around the world. My interest in genealogy was inspired by my wife's cousin from New Zealand. He researched her family tree and eventually persuaded me to look at mine. Having reached a road block, I began a one-name study which looks at the history of the surname, worldwide. I am also Registrar of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

How did you hear about the Genealogists for Families project?

Through the LostCousins newsletter (an excellent read, and very informative).

What do lending and participating in this project mean to you?

I find this an excellent way to use our interest in family history to connect with people looking for opportunities who can inspire us with their vision for their families and future.

Did you choose particular borrowers because their occupations or situations have some significance in your family history or your own life?

My wife and I found that both our families moved to London in the Victorian era, setting up family businesses within a few streets of each other. We know that they needed help to set up and grow their businesses – so we tend to look for borrowers who may be working in similar trades.

Do you have a strategy for raising funds or saving for your $25 loans?

Not really. I started with one loan and when that was part paid back I added enough to make another. I have just made my third loan. I have also used a Kiva card as a gift - a nice way to get others involved.

Your Web site?

Daglish One-Name Study (www.one-name.org/profiles/daglish.html), which has links to the fledgling Dalgleish study.

Your main family history interests?

My time is mostly devoted to my one-name studies for DAGLISH and DALGLEISH. Having worked on the Daglish name for many years, DNA testing confirmed the suspected but until then unproven link to the Scottish Dalgleish, and this is proving a new and interesting challenge.
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  1. Stephen, thanks for supporting Kiva and our team. Like you, I am a fan of LostCousins. For your One-Name Study, here are a few DAGLISH references from indexes to Australian sources:

    DAGLISH Anthony, age 69, born Newcastle on Tyne, admitted 19 Jun 1888, died 22 Jul 1888. (From an index to Dunwich Benevolent Asylum records. Original source at Queensland State Archives: A/52866 page 1849)

    DAGLISH George, born 10 July 1835. (From an index to civil servants 1866-1867. Original source at Queensland State Archives: JUS/103)

    DAGLISH George. (From an index to Queensland Supreme Court wills pre-1900. Original source at Queensland State Archives: SCT/P67, file no.2348)

    DAGLISH John, age 78, died 16 May 1958. (From an index to Justice Department preliminary enquiries. Original source at Queensland State Archives: JUS/Y41 no.44)

    DAGLISH Judith Leslie, age 17, witness at enquiry 7 May 1960. (From an index to Justice Department preliminary enquiries. Original source at Queensland State Archives: JUS/Y50 no.132)

  2. Stephen, I forgot to say that to see a description of the register, bundle or whatever, you need to enter the reference (A/52866, JUS/103 etc) in the 'Previous System ID' field of 'Advanced Search' on www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/.


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