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Welcome! This website was created on 19 Dec 2001 and last updated on 17 Mar 2014.

There are 870 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Cuff, George in 1750. The most recent event is the birth of Wehbi, Elias in 2010.The webmaster of this site is Wayne Brett Hunter. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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About Hunter Family (Brett, Little,) Dufferin & Simcoe Counties, Ont. CAN
Our Family is `Ulster Scot` a description derived from our probable  participation in the `colonization` of Ireland by the British almost four  centuries ago. The majority of Scots who migrated to Northern Ireland went  there as part of these organized settlement schemes in the period 1605-1697.  These `Plantation` settlements were confined mostly to the Province of Old  Ulster, in the Counties of Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan,  Fermanagh, and Londonderry. As many as 200,000 Scots crossed the North Channel  to settle in Ulster in this period. It`s a good bet that our Family migrated  to Ireland during this time. The primary purpose of the plantation scheme was  to populate the northern counties of Ireland with loyal British Protestant  subjects, to counterbalance and dominate the Irish Roman Catholics. Many  problems arose for the Scots in Ireland. In 1639, they were forced to sign an  oath of allegiance, swearing to never oppose the King`s command. This oath was  later called the Black Oath. Scots who did not sign were punished. Native  Irishmen considered the Ulster Scots as intruders and in an uprising in 1641,  many Scots suffered. Later, the English revolution of 1688 helped to solidify  the Scots` position in Ireland. Irish Catholics rose up in support of James  II, while the Scot Presbyterians supported William of Orange. The war ended in  1691 with Ireland submitting to the new King William and the effective rule of  Ireland by a protestant British government. Throughout the next century,  troubles continued for all Irish peoples beset by a continuation of sectarian  and religious trouble, famine, adverse economic and trade conditions, and a  growing resentment of an untenable taxation regime. It is therefore not  surprising that our ancestors chose to escape these conditions through the  onward emigration to Canada. That our Family chose and eventually found peace  and liberties unknown previously, was testament to a courage, strength and  perseverance seldom experienced in our own time. Imagine for a moment the  anxieties of sailing across the ocean for upwards of 3 months, and the  ultimate exhiliration of seeing our country for the first time...the  wonderment of entering the St. Lawrence River, staring at the wild forests and  shorelines of the Saguenay, passing Isle d`Orleans, mesmerized by the sounds  and views from the rolling ship deck of Old Quebec and Montreal and the onward  stage travel through the untamed woods of the Ottawa Valley and eventually  reaching the rollings hills of Simcoe County. But they did it. In the true  spirit of our family motto, `Cursum Perficio` our Forbearers `completed the  course` and began their new lives.  Enjoy your time at this website. We invite  you to sign the Guestbook and participate in the fascinating discovery and  documentaion of our Family History.

One of the biggest advances in genealogical research today has been the advent  of Surname DNA research projects. Genetic genealogy is the use of DNA data to  reveal those who share the same ancestors.  With knowledge that common  ancestors exist in a particular group or area, searching for records is far  more productive than searching for ancestral records at random. Genetic  genealogy helps, but does not replace, conventional written records based  genealogy. If you are a male Hunter, please consider getting your DNA test.   What better legacy can we leave our children, grandchildren or other relatives  than by helping all Hunters to better understand their heritage? Review the  links below for additional information.

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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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