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Welcome to the HeronsHistory Project
The objectives of the project are to create and maintain a wide ranging study of a Cambridgeshire branch of the Heron family whose first known roots are to be found in Madras (now known as Chennai), India in the 1700s and, later, in the small but beautiful town of Naharkatia in Assam, Northern India.
The project was born following the discovery, by Chris Heron of Cambridgeshire, of various family documents and photographs amongst the papers of his mother, the late Agnes Heron. He invited Ken Whitehouse, the creator of the very successful Rudkin-Genes Project which had taken his own maternal family line back to the twelfth century, to build upon tentative research into the Heron family history that had been commenced by his mother some years earlier.
Although this is primarily a Cambridgeshire Heron Family History initiative, research will be considerably broadened to become a 'one name study'. This will include genealogical details of all those who are found to bear the name Heron, and close derivatives of it, regardless of whether they appear to be related to the lineage being primarily focused upon here. While this approach may seem to be overkill it does produce several valuable benefits, not least contact with Heron researchers from around the world - and there are many of them - besides a reduction in the duplication of research and sometimes the discovery of long lost relatives from the most unlikely sources. The ultimate object is to link as many of those found to the earliest root individual to be discovered.
The ancestry of the Barratts and the Bamfords, the family lines of Agnes's parents, will be also be covered but, at this stage, not in such depth.
Of course it will simply not be enough to just create a long list of names, dates and places and an impressive looking chart or two. To make it more worthwhile and meaningful, every effort will be made to discover how and where these individuals lived their lives, what their occupations and achievements were etc so that some life can be brought back to these long gone people. From all of this a fascinating Family Chronicle can be written and much can be learnt about family traits.
As you have reached this website you are probably a Heron researcher yourself - so, why not contact us and register your interest. We would be delighted to hear from you and to collaborate with you in continuing research. Read more about us in the following pages.