Simon Canning

Simon Canning

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Simon D. Canning
Born 1960s.
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Early Years

Simon was born in South Canterbury, New Zealand, during the 1960's. The family moved to the North Island on his third birthday. As was the case with many boys, Simon became interested in playing with toy soldiers and this developed into an interest in military history.

Reading about historical battles and campaigns eventually led Simon to wonder whether any of his ancestors were involved in or impacted by these events. The only way to determine this was obviously finding out where his ancestors were living during these historical periods.


Many years later, a move to Lower Hutt meant easy access to New Zealand's BDM records at the Central Registrars Office and also the National Archives in Wellington. In 2013 Simon added DNA testing[1][2][3][4] as an adjunct to standard family history research. The rest, as they say, is history.

My Surnames

Clicking on the surnames will take you to my known most distant ancestor. Blue denotes my Paternal surnames and Pink my Maternal surnames:

Bone, Burroughs
Canning, Cattrall, Charters, Cowan
Downs, Duffy, Dykes
Edwards, Ewing
Gray, Gorrie
Haldane, Harlie, Hay, Howland
Lauden, Lesslie
McFarland, Middleton
Pendal, Potts
Rainford, Rivan, Robertson, Robertson
Stadham, Smith, Stevenson, Stivenson, Straughan
Teddor, Temple, Turnbull
Walls, Wealens, Willins, Woolley

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The Old Canning Family Photo Album

Simon's Great Grandparents Thomas and Mary Canning had a photograph album that contained a number of photographs of their family taken in Scotland, numerous photographs of the family of Antoine Bertrand, a photo of Mary's brother Bernard Duffy and a number containing other unknown individuals. This album was initially passed down to Alf Canning's family and this treasure remains in their possession. Alf identified some of the people, but was unable to identify them all.

Some of the photographs were taken in Scotland, a number in the United States (primarily New York, one in Nebraska) and the Bertrand photographs were taken in Scotland, London and France. These photographs appear to have been taken over a period from about 1890 through to about 1920.

The unidentified photos have been uploaded here and if you recognise any of these people, leave a message saying who they are.

Any help in identifying these people would be greatly appreciated!


  1. Simon's Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 3382.3 cM Family Finder match between Simon Canning GEDmatch T376938 and his father D. Canning GEDmatch T433476.
  2. Simon's Maternal relationship is confirmed by a 3383.8 cM Family Finder match between Simon Canning GEDmatch T376938 and his mother I. Canning GEDmatch T076690.
  3. Simon's relationship to his Maternal Great Grandmother, Agnes Haldane, is confirmed by a 582.8 cM Family Finder match between Simon Canning GEDmatch T376938 and his first cousin once removed Ed Wealleans GEDmatch T911288.
  4. Simon's relationship to his Maternal 2xGreat Grandparents, Thomas Haldane and Agnes Stevenson, is confirmed by a 37.8 cM Family Finder match between Simon Canning FTDNA 295464 and his second cousin once removed John Haldane FTDNA 686660.
  • First-hand information entered by Simon Canning at registration based on personal family papers and official records.

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DNA Tested
Simon Canning's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Simon or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Simon Canning: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup J-Y29723, FTDNA kit #295464
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Simon:

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On 21 Sep 2018 at 17:24 GMT Rick Heaslip wrote:

Thanks for connecting my Cairncross family. We do have a weak match (8.0 Cm on Chr 22 and 4.2 Cm on Chr 20). More weak matches with your father which is reasonable considering how many generations back this is, but it does confirm for me that I have the right family.

On 31 Jan 2018 at 22:29 GMT Gid Cox wrote:

Thanks for suggesting cholera as apossible cause for the early demise of my great great grand parents the Hitchinsons.


On 7 Dec 2016 at 20:12 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

Nice Surname list Simon! Oh Eowyn is just on the DNA Sandbox cause she leads the Adoption Angels project! No work, No credit for her AT ALL! LOL


On 14 May 2016 at 17:33 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Simon thanks for adding the father for Brian Barrett-Boyes. The idea is that we leave his profile quite basic till June 6 then go to town when it's the collaborative profile of the week. I know you are keen to improve the profile but if you do it now it will be "too good" too quickly !!


On 14 May 2016 at 17:23 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Simon, Thanks for your message. Excellent and welcome! I've added the project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on New Zealand Project will take you the first page of the project. Scroll down to participants. I've added your good self . Can you add your area of interest etc. I'll let you explore and catch up with you later. All ideas for developing this project (and participation) are most welcome.

Thanks again for joining and enjoy. Maria

On 14 May 2016 at 08:58 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Simon, Good to meet you. I'd like to invite you to join our New Zealand Project. Thanks for your G2G contribution. I really appreciate your involvement.

Maria (Leader NZ Project)

On 26 Oct 2015 at 21:47 GMT Barbara (Clay) B wrote:

Hi Simon - Thanks for double checking Fred Duffy's page! OOPS!! ~Barbara

On 4 Oct 2015 at 20:41 GMT Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros wrote:

Hi Simon, I finally got around to updating to iOS 9.0.1. The menu pulldown/selection issue is indeed solved. Thanks for checking in. Cathryn :)

On 23 Sep 2015 at 23:10 GMT Dot (Collett) McCulloch wrote:

Thank you Simon for your expertise in uploading photographs etc. A great help

On 28 Jul 2015 at 22:29 GMT Joan (Pollock) Gass wrote:

the canning family that i know, is cecilia canning she was born abt 1941. dont know her mother and fathers name, i remember her having a few sisters. they lived on 10 adrian ave in the bronx, ny or possibly named manhattan at that time. i went to high school with cecilia, and havent been able to find her. at one point i met a friend of hers, they told me she was married to an italian fellow? i dont know who. it was probably in the early 1960s. i hope you can find her and let me know about what happened to her. she moved to nj this friend told me but thats all i know. cecilia was fairly tall, thin face and slim. very fair skinned and had some freckles, not too many

joan pollock gass (and also i believe she was the youngest in her family

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Queen Victoria Simon is 38 degrees from Rosa Parks, 25 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 23 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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