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Burns Name Study

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About the Project

The Burns Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Burns name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Burns name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Burns's), by time period (18th Century Burns's), or by topic (Burns DNA, Burns Occupations, Burns Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

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How to Join

To join the Burns Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Vacant for assistance.

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Research Pages

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My farthest back Burns ancestor is Charles Burns (b 1710 in Scotland/Ireland, d1789 in Henry Co. VA). He was married to MaryAnn Webb in 1745 and then Ann Rea in 1774? He had 6 sons and 3 daughters: Alexander Abner, John Arthur, Charles Jr., Samuel L., William Madison, Andrew S. Ann Frances (m. John Jett), Susan (m. John Crosby Sr.), and Elizabeth (m. turner Mason). The second son John Arthur is my 3rd GGfa (b. 1750 in VA, d. 1805 in NC). I can trace this line through William Burns my 2nd GGfa (b. 1779 in VA, d.1879 in TN), to William Columbus my GGfa (b. 1829 in TN, d.1905 in TX), to John Lemuel my Gfa (b.1872 in TN, d. 1943 in TX), to my mother Nancy Virginia (b. 1927 in TX, d. 2023 in WA). I am interested in collaborating to see if we can trace this line back to Scotland/Ireland. There is a lot of speculation out there, but nothing has been confirmed. Thank you...
posted by Celia (Spears) Fry
I would love to help with this given that I am a Burns but I descend from Henry Burns born 1764 in Lancaster, PA. His father was Ernst Born (see https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6CTT-RH1V) who was born in Germany about 1735. The name appears to have changed from Born to Burns with Ernst or Henry. I do have a lot of Scot in my DNA but I don't think it was from Burns.

If anyone has more compelling information to the contrary, please let me know!

posted by Jeannie Burns

I would like to join the Burns Project. Mary Ellen Roach married Alexander Burns and they had Nancy Burns who had Absalom Abram Barnes in 1797, my ggrandfather. Thanks!!

posted by Leah Bunch
Hi Leah,

Thank you for your interest. The One Name Studies Project requires its participants to be Honor Code signatories and volunteer genealogists. Once you do that, we can add you as a member. If you prefer not to, you can certainly collaborate with the current members of the study using the comment section here.

Regards, Jacqueline Baxter, ONS Project

posted by Jacqueline Baxter
I'd like to join the Burns project as my grandmothers maiden name is Burns and she always said we were related to Robbie Burns
posted by Angela Eagle
Would love to join this group studying the Burns name and variations. My father, Henry Amedeo Burns, was son of Henry Howard Burns and his second wife Mary Campagna. Henry Howard Burns was born in Austin, TX, then relocated to the San Francisco area in the late 1920a. My father was born in San Francisco in 1930.
posted by Carolyn (Burns) Bass
Hello all. My ancestor, John Burns married Anne Barrett (Irish) in 1846 in Portland area, Victoria, Australia. I cannot find a birth or death for John Burns but I think he was born in Ireland. There is no record of his death in Victoria but there is a John Burns 1856 death listed on the Old Casterton Cemetery board. His wife died in that area. However, when I contacted the Casterton Historical society, they said that the only 1856 Burns death there, was a James Burns with a different wife & children. He could possibly be the John Burns (20yo) who arrived at Port Phillip Bay in Feb 1842 on the Thetis but I can't confirm this. Any help appreciated ... thanks.
posted by Cheryl B
Hello everyone, I am trying to see if I can find any relatives of mine from the Burns line who still live in Scotland. Is there any good way to do this?
posted by Jaydyn Burns
Looking for Burns from Bradley,Polk,McMinn Co TN area. As well as Whitfield GA area. Also have family that migrated to AL and VA.
posted by Candy (Burns) Elkins
My Burns line is a real wall. Looking to find any missing links.
posted by Candy (Burns) Elkins
James Burns is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born 1767 in Augusta, Virginia. Married Rebekah Vauhab 04 May 1804 in Greenbrier County. He and Rebekah had 8 children (7 children) per his Will drawn 4 Feb 1853. My email [email address removed]
posted by Dennis Hanson
Burns is my paternal grandmothers maiden name. Her family comes from England and Scotland
posted by Angela Eagle
Hello - I would also like to join this group. I also have several members with the names of Burns. The Burns Billie references below Burns-11761 is my 4th Great Grandfather.

Thank you Linda Boblett-Johnson (Boblett-43)

I like to join this Project I have several Burns in family. Only problem is the variations of family name. He’s using both Burns and Burnes in records. Seen both names for him and his father.

Burns/Burnes/Byrnes/Biernes, etc.



I've tried adding my Burns profiles but the code double brackets One Name Study|name=Burns double brackets doesn't work

Nevermind my mistake I forgot the squiggly brackets

posted by Keith Cook
Isaac Burns born 14 NOV 1800 • Botetourt, Virginia
posted by Monta Lee Dakin
Hi Jeff,

I've added your project to a couple categories so people can find you. Sounds like it would fit well in our One Name Studies Project and you may find some help from our Scotland Project and Notables Project. Thanks for starting it!

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann