Genealogy is about collecting… collecting people, documents, and data. The Beasley Study is about collecting everything about Beasleys… all spellings, worldwide.


Genealogy is about connectingconnecting people in families and communities and ancestries… and connecting people and documents and data. The Beasley Study is about connecting Beasleys.


Genealogy is about protecting what has been found… for now and for all generations so that the work is not lost. The Beasley Study is about preserving all we have learned for our families today and future generations.

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Ancestry Trees

There are resources for genealogy where people find and share information. Among those are Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, and Find My Past. Some are free and some require subscriptions. Genealogists often maintain information in their own offices and on their own computers. Many also post information online that can be shared and preserved. A principal online location for the Beasley Surname Study is at where all actively researched Beasley lineage trees can be accessed with permission.


One Name Study

A One-Name Study is a particular method and scope of genealogy concerning a single surname and its variations. Personal genealogy often begins with finding one’s ancestors with a growing number of surnames in each generation and in finding cousins who are related through these ancestors. Some of decide to become experts in a particular surname. The premier organization for defining and supporting One-Name Studies is the Guild of One-Name Studies (affectionately known as “GOONS”). The Beasley Surname Study was established at the Guild in August 2010.


YDNA Project

While genealogy has been studied for centuries, an important modern tool is DNA. By comparing DNA tests, we can find how our families are connected. For a surname study, the most important type of DNA test is called “YDNA”. The Y Chromosome is unique in that it is ONLY carried by males and is passed on essentially intact from father to son through the generations. Since, in many cultures, the Surname is ALSO passed from father to son, we can use matching YDNA tests to identify whether two or more men have a common male ancestor.



This is where we introduce Beas-hive. In this section, talk about what collaboration can look like in genealogy. Describe what someone might get out of participating in the Humhub space; contribute to the greater Beasley study, find out what ‘color group’ they’re in, complete some missing pieces in their own ancestry



This is where we link to the Beasley Surname Study’s presence on WikiTree. Describe the information that exists there & what specifically is best found there.

Perhaps mention WikiTree is a great source to start for the data, and transition to talk about using that on Beas-hive?



This is where we archive all of the Lineage trees that are found at Ancestry. There are about 140 trees and here we can search for individuals, families, and places across all trees.


What we know so far…



[ bee • zlee ]

a habitational name from a place in Lancashire named Beesley, perhaps from Old English beos ‘bent grass’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

Source:, 2021; Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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