The Hendry Family
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Being information on the antecedents, following both maternal and paternal lines of Jenny, James, Iain, and Kirsten Hendry. Commencing with their Grandparents and containing details as to the Places of Birth, Residences, and Occupations, and Other Sundry Information of said antecedents back at least six generations,
In writing this family history I have attempted to accomplish two main objectives. To record the "genealogy" of the Hendry family from my children, back seven generations, (back to their great-great-great-great grandparents, i.e. approximately 1780's), following all the main branches of the family tree", both paternal and maternal, in one linked, all encompassing document, for the use of future generations of Hendry's, and as a possible reference document for other members of the family and family history researchers. To flesh out the bones of the births, marriages, and deaths, that represent the basic genealogy with some other material, where available, to present a more readable record and a basic family "history". The reason for the cut off at seven generations is that this is the approximate limit that can be reached using a combination of Birth, Marriage, and Death certificates, (started in 1837 in England and 1855 in Scotland), the census records, (available from 1841-1891), and the parish records.
To go further back means that the parish Registers become the main source of information, and, at least as far as Scotland goes, these are far from being a reliable and comprehensive record of births, marriages, and deaths because : - Many registers are lost/missing or were simply never kept, or where they exist their accuracy was dependent on the local session clerk, not something that can necessarily be relied on. There was no compulsory requirement for births/baptisms or marriages to be registered, and it cost money to do so, therefore many births/baptisms or marriages were never registered. Where registers were kept and are extant, they generally only cover bare details of a marriage and do not contain the names of the parents of the married couple. This means that however likely it may be that the "Fred Bloggs" who got married in Auchenshuggle in 1800 is the same "Fred Bloggs" who was born in Auchenshuggle 25 years previously to "Bill Bloggs and Martha Smith", it is often difficult to prove it. In Scotland, irregular marriages, where a couple declared themselves married in front of witnesses was legal and not uncommon. Such marriages were obviously rarely recorded. All this results in it being much more difficult to PROVE links between potential earlier ancestors and it is tempting to get drawn into the realms of speculation and guesswork. For this reason, in most cases, I have confined myself to the seven generation limit, (for the time being !!!).
In some instances I have had sufficient evidence to have been able to go back further that seven generations, and in a few other instances I have succumbed to the temptation of some speculation. Where speculation and guesswork have come into play or I have some doubt as to the standard of the "evidence", I have highlighted the fact. The "history" is laid out by dividing the family tree into four main branches, i.e. my maternal and paternal grandparents and my wife, Eileen Findlay's maternal and paternal grandparents, and then sub-dividing these down into a further four branches to cover the sixteen main branches of the family tree.
NOTE If one traced one's family tree back 20 generations it would account for 2,097,152 names and take you back to approximately 1400. As this number probably exceeds the population of Scotland at the time you could argue that if you took any individual from prior to that date the chances are that you will be related to him/her!!
DEDICATION I would like to thank my extremely understanding wife and slightly less tolerant children for putting up with being dragged through graveyards, left out side libraries for hours while Dad "nips in for five minutes" to check something, and being bored rigid while Dad regales them with the details of their great-great-grandfather's uncle's wife's brother. I hope that one day they might not only forgive me but also appreciate having this record.