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May 16, 2015 / sennettfamilytree

Normanton, Newfoundland and New Brunswick Sennett and Sinnott

I’ve been working on family trees for Normanton (West Yorkshire), Newfoundland and New Brunswick (Canada) recently, and no, there is no obvious or recent connection that I know of between the Yorkshire ones and the Canadian ones.  Its just the way of working on a one-name (surname) study, that appeals to my butterfly mind flitting from one thing to another.  The Normanton work was about drawing up a big printable chart.  Yet again, the moment I had printed it, I found a number of errors that needed to be corrected.  It makes me wonder if I will ever get this tree right, and its my own line, so should be much easier than any of the others.

The Canadian research has been spurred on by another contact to the Sennett/Sinnott one name study, by way of Ron Nelson who has done so much work on the Prince Edward Island families.  Like many other trees, it seems to stop with the first Irish emigrant.   While most folk focus their genealogy on one line, having a surname study makes you look a bit wider, and can be quite useful in breaking down brick walls.  So in this case, I’m taking another look at the families with Newfoundland and New Brunswick origins to see if I have missed any potential point of connection between what are currently isolated individuals or separate family groups.   Familysearch is helping enormously with some new catholic church records  from Newfoundland available free online, and even though they aren’t indexed, they are relatively easy to read through.

The DNA surname study is also growing, with three more tests in the pipeline (A Yorkshire Sennett, Australian Synot and Prince Edward Island Sinnott), and two other people expressing interest in testing, including one from a Newfoundland line.  It may seem odd having a DNA project that covers so may different spellings, but as most are believed to come from Ireland, and Co Wexford in particular, the chances are fairly high that there will be a match – even if it means a common ancestor up to 20 or so generations back.

So once again, no immediate answers, but work progresses,and my Legacy database moves closer to 40,000 individuals (highest registration number currently 39067).

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