New Ideas

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Clan Henderson Genealogy needs your help!  We have a couple new initiatives in addition to our ongoing work for your consideration.

You can help existing work (no set skills required -we train!):

  • Conduct traditional genealogy research. Help to build trees online and/or search local libraries/societies.

  • Transfer Ancestry trees into Geni.

  • Answer questions posted to Ancestry/Geni

  • Seek out and verify existing trees that lead back to Scotland/Ireland

  • Assist interpreting Y DNA or Autosomal DNA

  • Explore possible mapping of genetic groups to origins in Scotland/Ireland


Now, Here’s two NEW INITIATIVES:

  1. DNA and Dinner: Hendersons whose ancestors lived in a certain common region (e.g. Fife, Colonial Virginia, Northern Ireland, etc.) could gather via Zoom, exchange information on their family stories, share history of that place and virtually share a meal typical of that time/place. For example, Cullen skink (fish stew) in Fife, meat pie in Virginia, pepper pot in Pennsylvania, etc.  We would provide recipes then each household (a family or group of local families) would prepare their meal.  During the meal, a ZOOM coordinator would talk about the meal (similar to Chef’s meal presentations “I have prepared for you….”) and food traditions in that area. After the meal, local participants would share their family's story and review the meal that they’ve shared (virtually, of course). I’m looking for meal participants, recipe researchers. And ZOOM coordinators.


2. Revealing Family Secrets Programs:  Wouldn’t it be great to know more about you ancestors’ lives beyond their names on a list? This program is an attempt to help in that quest. This idea is modeled after a Brit Box series "My Family Secrets Revealed". They ask: “Was your ancestor in a famous battle? -Present at an historic event? -Involved in a scandal? -Related to X? These are questions that we’d like to ask in our own trees! I’m proposing that our genealogy/family history team invite such questions from CHS members, select some for research, then present our findings via a periodic Zoom meeting. Here’s an example from my family research.  Upon his death, my Grandfather Henry Henderson, left a small wooden box to my aunt. It was said that as a child, he picked it up from some ruins following the Chicago fire.  My question: Where did my Henderson family live relative to the burn area of the fire?  What was it like living there before/during/after the fire? For this project I’m looking for Hendersons with family stories or historical context questions, historians and genealogists to build those connections and hosts to present the stories on a Zoom meeting.


Please consider joining our team!  Whether you like building/validating trees, genetics, mapping, cooking, story-telling, or history…..we need your help!  Contact me! (

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Got a Unique Scottish Hobby, Collection, or Experience?

Like to spill the beans, tell it all, catch someone doing something wonderful or interesting?  This is your chance within Clan Henderson.  An Canach is going to be searching for articles on Scots-related things that are interesting about our rank and file Clan Henderson Members.  Do you or someone you know have an interesting hobby, collection, achievement related to having a Scottish heritage?  If so we’d like to know about it.  We envision a series of short articles about all sorts of things.  Here are some possibilities that might fire up your desire to share.


  • A recipe from an ancestor in Scotland for a traditional dish that you still make in your home? (For example- holiday cakes, seafood soups, marmalades)

  • A collection of Scottish items that you would like to show off. ( Examples: harps, weapon replicas, football banners- anything really)?

  • Experience in playing a number of golf courses in Scotland who would briefly describe them for other would-be golfers?   Or someone who has attended a number of Scottish Games in the country where they were invented- what was unique/special about each one?

  • The “know-how” to drape an Arisad?

  • A story about being an exchange student in Scotland?

  • Plants that are native to Scotland in your house or garden?

  • A business that sells Scottish items- Gift Shop, Book Shop, a Liquor store with a long line of Scotches, Fabric Shop with many tartan patterns, Bagpipe Sales & Repairs, a Travel agency that specializes in trips to Scotland, etc.

  • Special knowledge of contemporary or ancient Scottish art or architecture, literature or authors, religions, music, etc. 

  • A story about studying Gaelic (at the Language School in Skye, for example)

  • Do Scottish dogs or horses traditionally breed in Scotland? 


These are just a few ideas.  If you’ve got something in mind, great, here’s the deal.  We want it to be about Hendersons or related name groups which mean “sons of Henry” which are listed on the front page of An Canach issues.  (If it’s on the maternal line that’s fine, too!)  It would be best if they are members of the Clan Henderson Society (but not necessary).  Shoot an email to Mary Henderson at and briefly describe the thing you think is interesting that you think other An Canach readers might find interesting as well.  Give your name and contact information along with the name of the person you are talking about (if it’s different).  You must ask if this person is willing to share with us about whatever it is.  Let Mary Henderson know if you would like to write a draft of the story, yourself, or would like her to find someone to do it for you.  A photo or two always makes an article more interesting.  Mary is undertaking to collect these kinds stories and will send them to Beth Gay Freeman, An Canach Editor.


Let’s get to know more about each other! And, not incidentally more about our common Scottish heritage.