Here are some of the Heenan surname activities I've been working on in the past few weeks.
- Worked through the index for civil registration of marriages in England to find the names of spouses. Some of this information is now available through Find my Past which has a Marriage Finder tool that gives you a possible spouse name. Sometimes they can narrow it down to just one person. Sometimes they tell you that the individual might have married one of the following people. I try to match the civil registration record with parish registers. It's taken me a lot longer than I anticipated but I have now completed all dates up to 1870.
- Cleaned up some of the place names in the database to achieve more consistency. Next step will be to add geocodes.
- I've made good progress with research into the soldiers with the Heenan surname who were killed while serving in World War 1. This past week has been spent delving into the history of Shoeing Smith Timothy Heenan from Ireland. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission he died at sea in October 1918. I've now discovered he was one of more than 500 people who died as a result of German submarine torpedo attack on RMS Leinster which was en route to Holyhead in North Wales. It was the largest ever loss of life in the Irish Sea and the highest ever casualty rate on an Irish-owned ship.
- Discovered a number of people with the Heenan surname in records about British India. I posted an article about this to mark India's Independence Day.
- Added another 30 names to the database. This brings the total number of entries to just over 600. Some of the new additions are families of the Heenan soldiers. As a rule I add people to the database only when I connect an individual two at least two other people. That avoids the problem where I have two many unconnected people all with the same name. 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.