One of the Trust’s aims is “to advance the education of the public in the study of and research into family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history through one-name studies generally” As well as organising its own educational seminar every year on one-name studies it also sponsors seminars and lectures on one-name studies organised by other bodies, at which the Halsted Study is referred to where appropriate.
The Halsted Trust normally sponsors appropriate lectures each year at the Guild of One-Name Studies Annual Conference. At the 2008 Conference in Bideford, Devon, the Trust sponsored Dr Michael Braund from Australia who lectured on Australian sources for one-name research. The Trust may also sponsor appropriate seminars organised by the Guild on behalf of the Trust, at which some of the Trustees may be amongst the speakers. In past years such seminars have been held in London, in Norfolk, and in Worcestershire. These seminars are open to the general public free of charge, but admission is by ticket only, with the tickets being allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
In 2008, the Trust sponsored the publication of a brand-new edition of “One-Name Family History Groups”, a booklet written by Derek Palgrave, FSG, who is also one of its Trustees and therefore waived any royalties from its publication.
The Society of Genealogists‘ extensive lecture programme each year includes one or more seminars on One-Name Studies sponsored by The Halsted Trust, the most recent having been held on September 19th 2009. Historically, when the Society’s annual Family History Show was held in Westminster, it included a free lecture sponsored by the Trust as part of the programme, such as “What is a One-Name Study”.
The Halsted Trust sponsored a stream of lectures at the International Weekend Conference organised by The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) in Autumn 2004 at Loughborough. It has also sponsored one or more lectures at weekend Conferences organised by local Family History Societies in association with the FFHS, such as the Autumn 2006 International Conference at Northampton University, and the Autumn 2008 Conference at University of Essex, Colchester. Such lectures are usually by eminent experts, such as George Redmonds or Professor David Hey on surnames, and can include “leading edge” subjects such as DNA Testing.
In 2009, the Trust hosted the FFHS’s Half-yearly General Meeting on the Saturday afternoon of the Trust’s own Autumn International Conference in Nottingham.