This page is a log of new content added to this site. The most recent changes will be found at the top of the list.

August 13, 2018: Corrected information for Bugler Timothy Heenan in the military records section, world war 1. The Commonwealth war graves commission records him with the 7th (South Irish Horse) Bn, Royal Irish Regiment. Ancestry assigns him to Household Cavalry, Cavalry of the Line (those are in fact two separate bodies). He was actually with the South Irish Horse.

Added a new biography to the section on Military Records, World War 1. Bugler Thomas Heenan from New Zealand died during the Gallipoli campaign. His story is here

July 28, 2018: Created a new page in the biographies section. This features James Heenan who operated a cigar and tobacco business in London’s prestigious Regent Street from about 1848 to 1872. Read the biography here

Added a new biography to the section on Military Records, World War 1. Bugler Thomas Heenan from New Zealand died during the Gallipoli campaign. His story is here

July 12, 2018

 

  • Additional information has been included in the biography of Thomas George Grandon Heenan who was killed in action while serving during the second Somme offensive. This indicates that on the day of his death, his battalion came under severe attack from the German forces resulting in a high number of deaths.
  • Updated some of the family tree charts

June 26, 2018

A wealth of new content has been added to the database in recent days.

  • Added a new family. Family group 16ENG are the descendants of David Heenan and Agnes McDougal. Both were born in Ayrshire, Scotland but moved to Stowupland, Suffolk, England in the early 1900s. He was working as a foreman with nitre glycerine explosives – Stowupland had a large paint factory which used this material.
  • Added a family from Scotland. John Heenan and Mary Jane were living in Lanarkshire. Their son Hugh was killed in action in France in 1917. They are family group 45 SCOT
  • Expanded the biography of Thomas George Grandon Heenan who was killed in action while serving during the second Somme offensive. His family came from Dublin where his father was a civil servant.

To find these people go to the database via this link and search by their name

 

June 18, 2018

Added another solider to the list of those with the surname Heenan who were killed while serving in World War 1. John Heenan was a private from Northumberland who died in France on April 30, 1918 aged 22. The list of these soldiers is available here

June 2, 2018

Wrote a blog post about the insights on distribution of the Heenan surname I’ve gleaned from an analysis of civil registration birth records. This analysis shows where in England the surname was most likely to be found.

May 26, 2018

Added information of the family of Maurice Heenan and Joanna Fox originally from County Limerick, Ireland, who settled in Australia. They are family group number 1002IRL.

May 25, 2018

Updates content about the possible origin of the surname Heenan. This page is here

May 6, 2018

Added information of Heenan individuals from the 1841 census in England.

April 30, 2018

Added details of two Heenan families who were early settlers in the Otago region of New Zealand. Both were called Denis Heenan.

One arrived in 1849 as a young man of 20 who began working as  a farm hand, then a teacher before heading to Victoria in Australia at the start of the gold rush. He then turned his hand to trading and made enough money to return to New Zealand and build a hotel in Dunelin. For the final stage of his life he returned to the land, settling in the North East Valley. See the records for Denis Heenan here 

The other Dennis Heenan arrived also in 1849 but was considerably older – he was 60 years of age when he and his wife and ten children arrived in New Zealand. They became successful farmers. See the records for  this settler here 

April 17, 2018

Added records of soldiers called Heenan who were killed or wounded during the Boer War.

Check out the information on the Boer War records page

April 17, 2018

Added records of soldiers called Heenan who were killed or wounded during the Boer War.

Check out the information on the Boer War records page