My name is Michael Shingfield and I have recently begun a one-name study into my own surname with the help of my wife and daughter.  A one-name study is defined as "A project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple)."

Our aim is to gather as much information as possible on all Shingfields in the past to see if we all originate from one family.  So far we have gone back to the 1700's and the name is very much concentrated in the Norfolk area, where I was born, so it is currently looking a possibility.  Currently we are recording all birth, deaths and marriages to build the complete family tree for all Shingfields, Shinfields and Shinkfields since 1837.