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.
February 1, 2019
Added more names and details of Heenans to the database, bringing the total to just over 1300 individuals.
The database is fully searchable by first name, surname, date of birth and death. You can also search by family.
To find individuals, click here
January 27, 2019
Published an article about the size of families in England that bore the Heenan surname in 1911. Two families are mentioned: one from Michael and Mary Heenan from Jarrow, County Durham and John and Mary Heenan from Handsworth in Yorkshire. Both had 14 children. The article is here on the website.
January 7, 2019
October 25, 2018
September 19, 2018
More names have now been added to the database, bringing the total to 751 individuals.
The latest family is group 206 which includes Private Arthur Heenan, a solider with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles who was killed in Flanders in 1915.
September 14, 2018
September 9, 2018
Added additional people to the database. This now has records relating to 700 individuals.
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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
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
April 17, 2018