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Hertfordshire / High Elms in Hitchen, 1939?
« on: Friday 06 August 21 14:27 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know of a High Elms in Hitchen (not High Elms Manor near Garston), in the same vicinity as the Boys Grammar School, Elmside Cottage, New Grammar School Walk, and Bedford Road.   I have found an entry for a 10 year old child at this address in 1939, listed as a "patient".   I think part of the address has been blacked out but the first line definitely says "High Elms emergency.."   so I'm thinking it was some kind of childrens home, hospital, or convalescent facility.

Limerick / Magdalen Asylum - delayed death reg (HEWSON, GODFREY, ROBINSON, SYNNOT)
« on: Monday 22 February 21 15:00 GMT (UK)  »
I've just been searching Irish Civil Registration records, and discovered on an 1871 page, four deaths from this asylum from 1864 and 1865  that were not officially registered until 7 feb 1871

Honora HEWSON, widow, died 18 dec 1864 at Magdalen Asylum, Limerick, aged 56
Mary Anne GODFREY, spinster, died 7 dec 1864 at Magdalen Asylum, Limerick, aged 44
Mary ROBINSON, spinster, died 10 apr 1865 at Magdalen Asylum, Limerick, aged 26
Anne SYNNOT, spinster, died 28 jun 1865 at Magdalen Asylum, Limerick, aged 28

As these were the last four records on a page, there may be other late recorded deaths from the same asylum on the following page or pages.   That means that it may be worth looking for names of interest well beyond the date you know the person to have died.

The SENNETT (SINNOTT, SYNNOTT, SINNETT etc) surname DNA study at has recently had 6 project members upgrade to BigY, and the results are looking very exciting.  We are finally able to go beyond just knowing that people match and share a common ancestor (but not having any idea who), to being able to see how the genetic tree is branching.  With every new test that gets upgraded to BigY, we are seeing more branches named and placed on the haplotree, and that means it gets easier to put timeframes on branching and therefore start figuring out how some of the currently separate S-NN-T families with Irish origin are actually related.

I've written a blog post here,
but really what I am looking for is to get in contact with a whole lot more people (families that include men with direct line S-NN-T ancestry) who are interested in using DNA to help build a genetic tree for our surname that can give us information to fill in some of the many gaps in documentary evidence.

I repeat, this is a Y-DNA project (at, looking at the surname line.   This type of testing will take us many more generations further back than the autosomal tests (like Ancestry), so while I would still be interested in hearing from women who have done autosomal testing, it really is the men I would like to get involved.

You can start small with a YDNA-37 test (at - prices have reduced considerably recently and now at $119 USD - down from $169) or go big and go straight to the BigY test.   There are also ways to support the project if you can't test yourself (women, or descendants of female lines where the surname has died out).  Any help to grow this project will help ALL S-NN-T families find common ancestors and get closer to their origins. 

If you follow my blog from the link above, then I will try to post regularly about the DNA project as well as more general updates from the surname study.

One Name Studies: N to S / SINNOTT SENNETT SINNETT SYNNOTT - database online
« on: Monday 16 September 19 11:37 BST (UK)  »
The S-NN-T one name study database (study registered with the Guild of One Name Studies) is now online at

This website now contains ALL the data (living people are hidden from public view) held by the S-NN-T one name study.  There are well over 70,000 people in the database.

I am now appealing for all the family genealogists out there interested in any one of the variants of the SINNOTT/SYNNOTT/SENNETT surname to help make sure the information on your own lineage is correct - please contact me (via the website or the one name study at when you find errors, or have information you can add, so we can together make this the best crowd-sourced genealogical resource for S-NN-Ts that we can.

This is a working database, so there WILL be errors and omissions - it is only with your help that we can properly sort out the thousands of people with the same given names (nearly 3000 John's for a start!), so please do consider sharing your research with the Sennett (S-NN-T) surname study so the genealogy can be preserved (under the wing of the Guild of One Name Studies) for future generations. 

(Please also contact me if you are interested in genealogical DNA, as this is a great way of confirming some of those more distant relationships and perhaps taking your tree back a few more generations)

Sussex / Skippers Hill Manor Prep School Mayfield East Sussex 1955
« on: Saturday 06 July 19 21:24 BST (UK)  »
My father (a New Zealander, Warwick Curtis) taught at Skippers Hill in 1955, and my mother Miss Morrell was a matron there, getting married in april 1955..

I have just found a number of letters from boys in the school to my mother when she was taken ill and in hospital in May 1955.   If any of the boys (or their families) would like a copy of their letters, please PM me.

Names (from signatures) include:  A group letter from Peter Faulkner, John Bayne, Maurice Boyd, J P Duncan, R Simpson, A Walsh, R M Arnold, M T Karlon, P A Furneaux "and the rest of the Vth form"; an individual letter from Peter Faulkner, another from Patrick Anthony Furneaux, and one from John Brayne or Bayne.  Also a letter assumed to be from a pupil John Taylor or Caylor.

Extremely interested to see that there has just been a DNA link between Pembrokeshire and Flemish invaders.  The surname in the article is ROCHE, however there are a number of other family names that followed this same route to Pembrokeshire, and then on to Ireland, including SINNOTT (more often as SINNETT in Wales, originally probably SYNATH but with quite a lot of variant spellings now).

I'd be keen to know what haplogroup the Roche test showed.   Also very keen to get SINNETT male descendants into the Sinnott/Sennett Y-DNA project at (PM me for more details or just look up the surname project at either or

It would be extremely interesting if our Irish SINNOTTs have the same haplogroup (the rather rare EV13) as Pembrokeshire SINNETT and also these Pembrokeshire ROCHE with Flemish origins.   

This is the article

The Common Room / Bible - Ernest Jenkins of Annfield Plain Co Durham and BELL family
« on: Thursday 22 March 18 14:21 GMT (UK)  »
Have family bible belonging to Ernest Jenkins of East Castle, Annfield Plain, Co Durham (date by his name is 1950), with possibly the original owner William Bell and older inscriptions for:  William and Sarah Bell married 1846 and births Elizabeth Jain Bell 1848, Mary Ann Bell 1857, Sarah 1867.  Also Sarah Bell died January 24.  Also Thomas Lynn died Oct 27th 1894 aged 85 year.

Bible is big and extremely heavy and front and back pages have been heavily scribbled over in pencil by a child.  Happy to photograph inscriptions if this is anyone's family.

Durham / SENNETT of Co Durham (James William SENNETT)
« on: Sunday 12 November 17 15:52 GMT (UK)  »
Are there any male SENNETT descendants out there of James William Sennett, born Co Wicklow who might be interested in DNA?

The Sennett/Sinnott (and variant spellings) DNA project would be really keen to have this family represented as it is one of the 15 largest S-NN-T family trees in the surname study database (surname study registered with the Guild of One Name Studies member number #5579).   It is a Y-DNA project, so a male with direct line father-son link back to James William Sennett is required.  The YDNA37 test is the most useful one (95 if bought through the Surname Study, of $USD149 if bought through the surname project at however there are other options that would reduce the price.  If you are (or know of someone who might be) interested, please either message me here, or contact me from the website (search for Sennett and use the contact link).

Any S-NN-Ts (particularly with Welsh or Irish origins) interested in DNA but put off by the cost of testing?

Having established that the genetic signature for S-NN-T's of Anglo-norman Co Wexford descent is a relatively rare E haplogroup, and that there are five different mutations among project participants in the first 12 markers, it is now useful to offer a 12 marker Y-DNA test as a preliminary screening tool.  This test is available through a join request to the Sennett/Sinnott project at at a cost of $59USD (compared to the $149 cost for the 37 marker test).

Please encourage any of your male friends/family who have an unbroken male line connection to this surname to test.   We have some exciting results confirming common ancestors back as far as the 15th century now, but the more people in the project the easier it will be to fill in the gaps of the genetic tree and link your S-NN-T family back further.

(NOTE:  the recommendation for a 12 marker Y-DNA test is only for this particular group of surnames  - Sennett, Sinnott, Sinnett, Synnott and variants - and this surname project.  In most other surnames you need at least 37 markers to provide useful results - if in doubt, check with the surname project administrator)

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