Here are some of the Heenan surname activities you might have missed in recent weeks.
- I’ve been spending time documenting the first names of Heenan children born since the start of civil registration in 1836. I’m interested in whether there are particular names that tend to be used or whether there are changes over the decades. I’m about half way through analysis of male names. One surprising fact is that I was expecting Patrick to be the most common forename since that tends to occur often in census records but in fact it’s outnumbered in the 19th century by John, Michael and Thomas.
- Added a large number of new individuals to the database. This now contains 751 individuals, either people who have the surname of Heenan from birth or who acquire it via marriage. I’ve also included spouses of Heenan females. My rule is to included people in the database only when I can connect the individual two at least two other people. That means I don’t include people I find in census records who are lodgers or boarders. To search the database, click on this link or go to the Records tab on the top menu bar and use the drop down menu. The database can be searched by name or place or date of an event.
- I’ve continued to add interesting obituaries when I come across them. The latest one is the obituary of Michael Heenan who was a poet living in Ottawa, Canada. He was the son of Capt. Joseph Alfred Heenan, OBE, a highly decorated naval officer who saw service in World War 1 and 2 and also captained some luxury passenger liners. Read about Michael Heenan here.
- My project to research World War 1 soldiers with the Heenan surname is continuing to turn up some fascinating stories. There are now five soldier’s stories in the military records section of the website. Sadly there are some soldiers I suspect will be difficult to reconnect with their families.
- I’ve added the first biography of a soldier killed in World War 2. Harry Gilmore Heenan was a young lieutenant with the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry when he died in a horrible freak accident in the Netherlands in 1944. Read his story here.