Family Secrets Reply
Posted at 12:59 pm by heneker52, on December 21, 2022
Hi Vicki (cuz), thank you for your post. I immediately recognised the DNA person involved ….ME (hehe). As you know, I have done a lot of research on one particular branch of the Heneker family which involved myself directly ie my grandmother named a Heneker at birth but fathered by someone else which may also involve some of her siblings born after her, thus the DNA anomalies (2 separate DNA tests from 2 different sources gives substance to this comment). After many conversations between us, and I appreciate you respecting my privacy, you are aware why I have stayed private/silent on my research on this branch of the Heneker family for the following reasons, 1. not to offend or to sully the Heneker name 2. there are some researchers amongst the Heneker clan who refuse to acknowledge any new research which may differ from their own (stubborn head in the sand attitudes and a little precious) and 3. there are some researchers amongst us that then claim said research as their own, a form of plagiarism, and I’m sorry, that gets right up my nose.
But, now after reading your blog, its time for me to let go and to put it all out there for the reasons you state and also from Chas’s comments. If you are happy with what I am about to propose, I will proceed as follows,
I will post my research on your blog in regards to this branch of our family which will include a summary, sources (ie marriage and birth certificates, death records, photos etc so as to prove facts) and any other information that I have found in Victoria as this family moved there in 1915, possibly to be out of sight from their South Australian origins and to avoid a scandal.
Talk soon cuz.
Harold Boddy (Geelong Victoria)
I previously worked as a Library Technician at the State Library of South Australia and then Noarlunga Library Services. I was lucky enough to work at the State Library in the Archives department, which is now a separate entity and housed at a suburban site. I've always loved English and Australian history, and began my Heneker family history in about 1980, before the advent of the internet, and now o with so many digitised records online there is a treasure chest of information out there, and it just keeps growing. One of the most wonderful treasures we have here in Australia is the Trove website, the free digitised newspapers of nearly every place in Australia, provided for free by the National Library of Australia. This has opened up so much day to day information for people searching for further information about their ancestors. I chose to write a blog as a way for me to put down a lot of information I had that wasn't necessarily easy to slot into a "family tree" as such. And I wanted to record some of the stories of the Heneker clan, and especially James Heneker (1826-1917) who arrived in South Australia as a 12 year old boy with his family. Like most of us in the genealogy community I have become obsessed and this is a never ending story. The community of bloggers, and also Facebook specialist pages has allowed me and many of us to learn from each other, and to use some of the many amazing tools that are out there now for us to use and enhance our research. My one wish?? dad Neville Laurence Heneker 1929 - 1987, this is for you, for all the things you told me, and the stories you related, often when we were up north in the Flinders Ranges, at Beltana, Hawker, Blinman and many other amazing places. I wish you were here, so I could share all this new information that has come to light. And of course for you Pa (Laurence Douglas Heneker), your stories were incredible and watching you sleep out under the stars at Arkaroola with a rock for your pillow is an image I will never forget. Oh if only we had digital cameras back then...I think of you both every time I write my words and read my books. I love you both.