Welcome to the THOMPSON One-name study website.
My name is Rod Thompson.
This study was started in 2000, limited at that time to Australia: not knowing in advance how large a task it would be. Now it is quite clear that this is a never-ending task, but certainly an interesting and rewarding journey.
The goal is to collect as many occurrences of this name as can be found around the world. Current activity involves sourcing records from multiple countries and recording these in country based databases.
Genealogical research is a ‘work in progress, so additions and amendments are ongoing.
According to Wikipedia, Thompson is a patronymic surname of English and Scottish origin, with a variety of spellings meaning "son of Thom". An alternative origin may be geographical, arising from the placename Thompson. Thom(p)son is the English translation of MacTavish, which is also the Anglicized version of the Gaelic name of MacTamhais.
A variety of related names have resulted, and include: Tom, Thom, Thomas, Thomason, Thomson, Tompson, Thomsen.
Data recorded for an event for an individual is of greatest importance. Only slightly lower in importance ranking, is the source for that data. Errors abound in genealogical records, for a multitude of reasons; so a record of the source of material is important to resolve questions. Many records come from ‘primary sources’, such as public records or births, deaths and marriages; as well as burial records. Secondary sources, such as data from other genealogy internet sites has also been widely used; and where available multiple records from various sources are included. In some cases, this supports or extends original data, while in others, discrepancies require further research for resolution.
Publishing this data through the Guild of One-Name Studies allows for ongoing revisions, additions and refinements, while providing a recognized access point to studies of this nature. Of major importance is that the study is preserved.
An order of magnitude investigation suggests a complete database of Thompson’s would contain records of about 3 million people; 6 million is all living persons were included. To achieve the goal of a meaningful one-name study will require a team of researchers – their contributions to be recognized through this website.
All genealogical records should be treated with some caution.
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact the Compiler (see below).