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 as an adjunct to standard family history research. The rest, as they say, is history.
Clicking on the surnames will take you to my known most distant ancestor. Blue denotes my Paternal surnames and Pink my Maternal surnames:
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!
↑ 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.
↑ 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.
↑ 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.
↑ 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.
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:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup J-Y29723, FTDNA kit #295464
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
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.
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 !!
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.
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