As my home since 1977 has been in Exeter, Devon, I am some 200 miles from my roots and the main London record offices, so my research progress was, and still is, slower than I would like. The One Name Study of GANDER just seemed to naturally grow alongside my own family history studies, to be picked up and chewed over in the pauses in between visits to London until the pauses became longer and longer. Eventually I opted to expand the One Name Study in the hope that by helping to place individual GANDERs into their family trees, what will be left over might turn out to be 'mine'! Well - it hasn't worked out like that yet - but it's been fun along the way.
It's also been a pleasure to help others with their own GANDER research and I always welcome enquiries. I've found that although the laws of diminishing returns hold true, I usually learn something of use in return for my information - whether it's of help to me or to someone else in turn.
Since the mid-1980s I've been member No. 862 of the Guild of One-Name Studies .
To belong one gives a commitment amongst other things to answer written enquiries on the name and study surname world-wide.
I should add that I'm interested in all GANDERs - and GANDARs too, having also registered GANDAR with the Guild - but I do have to say that I've concentrated my studies on British GANDERs and those of British origins. I am interested in GANDERs and GANDARs world-wide but except for those whose forebears originated in Britain, my data is limited.