Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Gunnees around the world

The majority of Gunnees started, and finished, in England. There is a small proportion, however, who have taken the name a little further afield.
  • Firstly, and not too far away, there is a small branch in Scotland.
  • There are a small number of Gunnees in Australia
  • There is one family in Mauritius

The only link which isn't clear is the one to Mauritius - so perhaps one day a trip will be required!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Size of the task

There aren't too many of us with the Gunnee name. From the current records, such as telephone records and Electoral Rolls, I would estimate that there are around 80 Gunnees living in the UK. There are only a few occurrences of the name abroad, with Gunnees in Australia and Mauritius.

Within the UK the majority of Gunnees live in the Yorkshire area. My earliest records have Gunnee families in the Hull and Thorne areas. Although I haven't been able to fit all the information together, the signs are that anyone with the surname Gunnee will be related to the rest of the clan.

This does at least my task easier, as the list of entries which I need to collect from census records, births, marriages & deaths etc. is relatively easy to complete.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Why 'one-name'?

Why is this a one-name study? I started to trace our family history a few years ago. When I began searching the records for the Gunnee name I found that there were only a few occurrences each year, and all fairly localised. This led me to start a one name study on the basis that it was far easier to collect all the references to the name first time round, rather than go back to find a reference that I passed over as not being relevant earlier.

As a member of the Guild of One Name Studies I have made a commitment to “collect all references to the registered sumame(s) on a world-wide basis”. And my registered surnames are Gunnee, and just in case there was a connection, Gunne.

The early decision seems to have paid off & with only a few exceptions I have been able to connect the Gunnee individuals I have found into a single tree.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

New home for the Gunnee one name study

AOL have taken away the free webspace I was using for the website, so as a cost-effective alternative I am changing the previous website into a blog.

The contents of the previous website (& hopefully some new info) will appear here shortly.