to identify as many Goathams, Gothams and those with variant spellings who have lived as possible;
to assemble data relating to these people – BMD / CMB events, census data, wills, educational and occupational records etc.;
to assemble trees to see how these people are related;
to have as few unlinked strays as possible!
I hope to find out if / how the various groupings relate to each other, but to describe it as an aim may be an overstatement, since I suspect the information may not survive to permit this. DNA tests may offer a possibility, but even then there are limitations (see my page regarding a DNA study for more detailed considerations).
firstly, to enable me to share the fruits of my research;
secondly, to encourage and help others to contribute to this study;
thirdly, to help those with Go(a)tham ancestors find others interested in the same branch (with whom, of course, they will share non-Go(a)tham ancestors and may wish to share information).