[Tyrone Bowes of Irish, English and Scottish Origenes and GeneticHomeland.com is not involved with administration of the Bowes One-Name Study and DNA Project. See my critique of Tyrone's Irish Bowe(s) case study, and Dubious commercial claims.]
# 1 Reason: It's fun and a great mental challenge!
# 2 Reason: While family lore and the internet harbor treasures for genealogists, they can both spread oversimplified –- sometimes even false -– family history and surname information. Our complex surname leads to a lot of confusion that's waiting to be clarified in detail. As examples:
A comprehensive, centralized one-name study covers a surname and its variants worldwide to develop a complete and accurate record. While supporting the single-lineage researcher and archiving surname-related documents, it seeks to identify the surname's characteristics, including:
For a medium-sized surname study such as this, we can only really begin to articulate these characteristics with any certainty after collecting a large body of data that can be properly synthesized.
The site search field (upper right) is helpful but won't search the embedded spreadsheet or document contents in the Records section. To search these use your browser's Edit > Find function once you've opened a spreadsheet.
The Top Level Pages in sections and subsections contain background information and research findings on their topic. It's best to read these context pages from the top-most down to the more particular data that may interest you.
In the Records section, check the country heading pages for some links to other records online (free and for pay).