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About Heritage Family - One Name Study
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I began my own family tree in 1998, with considerable help from Celia Heritage and John Heritage.
John ran a One-name study of the name until his death in March 2018.
I felt that I should continue his work, but was unable to gain access to his records.

Therefore I began my Heritage One-name study with my own records and gradually began to add names and families. I was helped by Graeme Heritage from Australia, Barry Heritage from England and 
Brian Heritage from Canada giving me access to copies of their research.
This explains why Source descriptions vary as do the way in which Places are recorded.

Name origin

The surname Heritage was mainly found in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire. From there the family spread to London and other areas of the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. For the meaning of the surname I quote from Celia Heritage's web site: "My own surname, Heritage, is a good example. Most surname dictionaries define it as referring to someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than holding land from the lord. Most give its origin as ‘Old French’. Yet there is no similar surname on the continent, which is strange. A more likely interpretation is that it derives from the Old English word heretoga which originally meant a war leader, but by the time the surname evolved probably referred to a local community leader." See her blog

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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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