Over the last 1000 years the Courtney / Courtenay family spread from France into England and Ireland, and in the last 400 years the family has settled in the Americas, South Africa and Australia. And during that timeframe the name has absorbed many other surnames, such as Callan, Cournane and McCourt in Ireland, and Calf, Coughtrey in England.
Recently with the advent of reasonably priced DNA testing genealogists now have a wondrous tool at their disposal to go along with documented family histories. Although many view this as a threat to their long held beliefs of who and where their family belong, I take the opposite approach and want to know the truth about my forebears. Brickwalls are crumbling with affordable DNA testing and the future is very bright with each new advance in genetic genealogy.
Presently there are no Courtney lines proven to be descendants from the Courtenays of France or the Courtenays of Powderham in Devon, England using DNA testing. Research becomes easier when you let go of the mythology of your name or place and just see where the science leads.
Included with this study will be articles, bible records, census returns, DNA studies, immigration records, land record, and links to other websites and sources.
If anyone has information to share, questions or comments you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pender’s 1659 Census
- Griffith’s Valuation – Ireland, 1847-1864
- Hearth Rolls – Ireland, 1663-1665
- Ireland 1901 Census
- Ireland 1911 Census
- Irish Flax Growers – Ireland, 1796
- Tithe Applotments – Ireland, 1832-1837
- U S Census – 1790
- U S Census – 1800
- U S Census – 1810
- U S Census – 1820
- U S Census – 1830
- U S Census – 1840