- The 1901 and 1911 census records for England have been my primary focus this month. I’ve now gone through all the 300 entries for 1901, adding in detailed residence information and occupations. I’ve followed the same approach for the 1911 census where there are 382 entries, but with the benefit of the additional questions in this census about the length of a marriage and the number of children born/died.
- That info about the length of a marriage has been invaluable in helping to reconstruct a family since it meant I could look for the actual marriage record. But I still have a lot of waifs and strays – usually these are people who are servants or boarders. Attaching them to a family is going to prove challenging since so many of them have a common first name.
- Next month I plan to start work on the 1939 National Register. This will give some useful new information like the specific date of birth. But frustratingly, it doesn’t give the relationships between the individuals in the same house.
- The problem of multiple people with the same name has cropped up again. I’m trying to reconcile information about a Hugh Patrick Heenan born in 1887 in the county of Durham, who becomes a licensee for the British Lion pub in Gateshead with a Hugh Heenan who appears in census returns for 1901 and 1911 for South Shields and who saw service in World War 1. I have had them in separate family groups until now but I am wondering if they are the same family. Until I get a copy of a marriage certificate for Hugh Patrick Heenan I won’t be able to confirm this.
- The number of individuals now recorded in the database now stands at 1310. The new additions primarily come from the census returns for England for 1911.
- New family groups added during this month include the descendants of Thomas Heenan and Elizabeth Dailey (Daly) who were living in the Chicago, Illinois area from the 1880s, having immigrated from Ireland ( I don’t yet know where in Ireland they originated).
- 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.
Discoveries of the month
- The name of Patrick Stanley Vaughan Heenan is recorded in a list of deaths of servicemen in World War 2. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission he was a Captain with 16th Punjab Regiment who died on 15 February 1944 and is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. I’ve now discovered that he was convicted of treason, after spying for Japan during the Malayan campaign of World War II. He was reportedly killed by his wardens while in custody during the Battle of Singapore. There’s a biography of him written by Peter Elphick that I’ve just bought to learn more about this man.