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Henderson, Andrews, Rowe, Wight, Sinton, Fairbairn, Bain, Manson, McAdie and many many more.

This is the accumulated work of many researchers, all of whom I hope I have accurately acknowledged in the (abbreviated) source notes. It could take some years to complete, if ever, as I am still finding relations quicker than I can document them.

 
Helensvale, Leith Valley Dunedin, home of William HENDERSON and Helen Sinton WIGHT, my great grandparents   The primary places involved are:
  • England: Somerset, Devon, Cumberland;
  • Scotland: Caithness, the Borders, Stirling and Lanarkshire
  • Australia: Victoria
  • New Zealand, and of course
  • Helensvale, Leith Valley, Dunedin (at left, not that I've included William Henderson on the site as yet!)

For assorted historical reasons, I've ended up maintaining several different versions of my family tree online.
The most complete, and most regularly updated is big brother.
It has much the same content on each person as this one but with no banners, has several additional "surname" pages, and more charts with more detail.

On both, as you will find, the content is more "factual" than "readable" as I am trying to show the details of the research for people to draw their own conclusions (hoping of course that you will agree with mine).
Updates and corrections are welcome.

Although most of my current work these days concentrates on DNA projects, and two One Name Studies: FAIRBAIRN and RUNCIMAN, I still welcome contact from those in or connected to the forest.
 

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