For years I have been conducting an informal (and/or obsessive) one-name study. There are only 150 or so people who bear our surname globally, all but a handful of those in England.
I have many times considered registering the surname with the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS), but never really seen what benefits would be reason to part with £15 per year. All people bearing the surname descend from a single ancestor, and I have been able to connect almost all of them to our family tree. So I don't see a GOONS membership helping me to grow my knowledge of the family tree.
How would registering with GOONS help me progress with my one-name study? I am particularly keen to hear what benefits current or past members have experienced.