Haigneys On A Chart

These are my early Haigneys — starting with Martin, my great-great-grandfather born around 1832, who emigrated from Ireland in about 1850. The resolution still holds up pretty well if you zoom in for a closer look. Down near the bottom is my grandfather, Raymond F., with his 11 children that I just didn’t have the heart to try to input, especially when this chart was looking so elegant. (Sorry, Dad. Sorry, uncles and aunts. Next time!)

The chart was done in PowerPoint, cribbing off of an organizational-tree template. I use Reunion for Macintosh for my basic genealogy software, but I’m still not thrilled at my charting results, so I decided to see what would happen using this method. I liked the looks, although I can see trouble ahead when I try to adapt it for that batch of 11 children I just mentioned. Charting is just still one of those troublesome areas for me.

Ultimately I will print this out with reference notes on the back, for anyone interested in wondering where this stuff came from. (What, you didn’t think I had reference notes? Honestly.) That way the people with a mild curiosity can just glance at the chart before framing it/recycling it/grinding it into confetti. And people like me, who think footnotes are even more fun than the actual text, can turn it over and swoon. Happy times for all.


2 Comments on “Haigneys On A Chart”

  1. Gerald says:

    Hello! Just wanting to know if the Haigneys are always directly related to the Hagneys?

    • Hi, Gerald — The answer is … sometimes. The surname simply has a lot of spelling variations, and many family groups spelled it differently (among themselves) over a span of decades. So for example, I’m researching a Hagney/Hageny family in Troy, N.Y., that I do believe is closely related to my own Haigney/Hegney line in Watervliet, directly across the Hudson River, in the same period. But there are other Heagneys, Hagneys and even Haigneys in New York State (my primary research area for this name) where there has NOT been clear evidence of a relationship. You just have to dig in and see if there are other markers besides a surname to indicate a closer relationship. Sometimes it’s a yes, and sometimes a no. Hope this helps!

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