Archive for October, 2011

Family names in England originated after the time of William
the Conqueror and the names are said to originate primarily from
geographical features or occupations. The name Hunt is said to
be derived from the Saxon word hunti or wolf. In early days in
Great Britain (and elsewhere) wolves were a danger to flocks of
domestic animals and a bounty was paid for killing wolves. For
prowess in the “Hunt” for wolves, the name Hunt is presumed to
have been given a man proficient in that endeavor. Quite
possibly true. But it also follows that there would have been
many men in different locations of similar proficiency that may
well have assumed a similar name. So the assumption that the
name Hunt can be traced back to a single individual is as foolish
as the presumption that anyone can trace their ancestors back to
Adam and Eve (as some profess with great pride to do).

Records of Hunts (or variations thereof) have been found in
English records back as far as 1295. There were many English
families in various locations that bore the name Hunt, and many
of them were (and are) quite distinguished families authorized to
bear a Coat of Arms. There are many different variations of
Coats of Arms for different branches of the Hunt families in
England, and there are many genealogies in English records on the
Armorial Hunts of England. But to assume that these identified
families represent most or even a large part of the families
named Hunt in England is comparable to assuming that a list of
Hunts in Who’s Who represents a large part of the Hunt families
in America at the time. Few, if any, of the early Hunt families
of America before the 19th century can be traced through the Hunt
name back to the Armorial Hunts of England. For many of the
early Hunt immigrants to America, no evidence has been found of
where they came from or their ancestry.


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Hunt Books

There’s something about a book, the weight of it in your hands, the connection with the object that invites you into the story, opening the pages like unlocking passage to a new world.  How do you curl up with a good ebook reader?

So I’ve begun to publish those family stories, Dad’s letters home during the War, Mom’s memories of her childhood, some of the stories we’ve told around the camp fire at family reunions over the years.  They are now books that will last beyond the life of this site.  You can find these in print or in ebook format in online stores like Lulu, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Letters Home by Leon R. Hunt

Fillmore Girl by Beth Carroll Hunt

Rollfast, Childhood Memories by Douglas Allen Hunt

Goodhue by Douglas Allen Hunt

The Section by Amy Carroll Stark

Homestead by Douglas Allen Hunt

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Webster defines genealogy as the “account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor…”. Discovering our roots is something all of us have had some interest in at one time or another. In the past, researching family history had been a burdensome task; spending hours in the library in front of a microfiche reader in the hopes of finding a link. Today’s Web brings resources from around the world to your desktop, making the research much easier and a whole lot more fun.

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We’ll post upcoming reunion announcements and share stories and photos of past events here.

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This section is a repository for historical documents like census’, wills, diaries, biographies and cemetery records.

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