Descendants of both John Hinman (VA) and Sgt. Edward Hinman (CT)

How to identify a name in the database

You will see two numbers associated with each name on the web page: before the name is the Ahnentafel number, a simple counter the program makes while generating the pages. Hyphenated after the name is the Record Identification Number (RIN).  This is the number you should use when submitting information about anyone in the database.

For instance, suppose you want to tell us that Ronnie Hinman has a new child. Give us the number that comes after the name (the RIN), as in "Ronnie HINMAN-30312". That way, we can go straight to the database to update the records.  The RIN is fixed for each person in the database.  The Ahnentafel number, the number that comes before the name, is different for each reload of the website. Let's say we add forty persons to the database and re-upload: Nobody will have the same Ahnentafel number. But each person's RIN will stay the same no matter how many times we reload the website.

A simpler solution would be to copy (Ctrl-C) the name-number and paste (Ctrl-V) it into your e-mail!!

Research Reports and Papers

One of our earliest commitments was genealogical research. Some of this we have paid for, but most of it we've done ourselves. We've published nine reports. Eventually, we'll have all of them here on the website. Meanwhile, here are numbers 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, and a new unnumbered report we'll keep for a while.

"As a matter of interest I'm showing the text of the letter I mailed out in 1974. I included a business reply envelope, a membership "application", and a form for listing the names and addresses of other Hinmans. I paid a student at San Jose State University to list all the Hinman names he could find in the US and Canadian telephone directories. He produced 600 names. I mailed to them, and received back about 500 more names, and mailed to them also. Of the 1,100 Hinmans who got the original mailing, more than 250 joined to become the "charter members" of our Society. Some of them are still with us!" - MBH

  1. Original 1974 announcement
  2. Research Report No. 2
  3. Research Report No. 6
  4. Research Report No. 7
  5. Research Report No. 9
  6. Research Report No. 10
  7. Olivia Swallow's letter
  8. Broome Co (NY) Hinmans NEW
  9. Bibliography of Hinman Genealogies

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2006 HFA Reunion!!

Set aside the last weekend in September 2006 for our great reunion in Colorado Springs! Reunion director Ken Enright has provided the following information:

September 28 - Thursday evening - optional ice breaker our home

September 29 - Friday all day, with a "formal" group dinner that evening

September 30 - Saturday all day, with a business meeting following breakfast

October 1 - Sunday morning - optional brunch our home

The focus will be on moving genealogy into the digital age. Folks will be asked to bring any CDs, DVDs, etc., they want to share. I will have a CD/DVD burner available, plus a couple of computers that are on line for people to use. The reunion will be held at the Castaways Inn, which is actually located in Manitou Springs where 25 rooms have been reserved for us. There are camping facilities within walking distance, other motels within walking distance, and a very fancy 5 star hotel available close by. I just think it is too expensive for most folks, but some might want to splurge and stay there. -Ken

For 2006 HFA Reunion details, click here.

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The 2004 Reunion

It was a blast!! We had 54 people there -- the largest reunion ever -- and a wonderful gabfest Saturday in the conference room. Everybody said we should have more gabfests, and we will.

At the business meeting Saturday we voted to have the 2006 reunion in Colorado Springs, CO, some time in September, date to be determined. We elected Richard Burr Hinman as president; Al Hinman as vice-president; Joan Hinman as secretary-treasurer, Phil Hinman as bulletin editor, Munson Hinman as archivist, and Ken Enright as director of the 2006 reunion. Shown below at the left are Ken and Jan Enright. In the right-hand photo are our current officers: Munson and Phil in the back row and Al, Richard, and Joan in the front. New officers Ken & Jan Enright

Past reunions have been:

1986 Salt Lake City reunion

1988 Vicksburg reunion Here's a photo of everyone (except me) taken on the Woodbury bus trip Sunday. (I missed out on the photo because I took a snooze in the bus!) 2004 Hartford reunion

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Parentless Hinmans

Some 450 Hinmans in our database are not connected to John or Sgt. Edward because we haven't been able to find their parents. For this reason, these people can't be seen on our website. Yet, it's possible that we already have their parents: we just don't know who they are! They could be descended from John, from Edward, or from any other immigrant. You yourself may be listed here!

Here's a chance to do some genealogical research yourself! As an experiment, we've uploaded several of these "parentless Hinmans" to the website, with all the documentation we have and all their descendants we know about. If you live in the area where these folks lived, or if you are related to them, or if you have access to church records or vital records from those areas, maybe you can help us find their parents. The secrets probably lie in family Bibles, unpublished family histories, probate, and land records. Some of these parentless Hinmans are:

  1. Alonzo Hinman, b. 1812, NY
  2. Amasa Lyman Hinman, b. 25 Jul 1815
  3. Andrew Hinman, of Franklin Co, VT
  4. George Hinsman, father of Rhoda, b. MA?
  5. Daniel Hinman, b. 18 Mar 1778, Dutchess Co, NY
  6. Daniel Webster Hinman, b. Nov 1833, PA NEW!
  7. Elijah James Sr, b. 1805/8 VA NEW
  8. Elijah James, m. 1828 Muskingum Co, OH
  9. H Burton Hinman, b. CT
  10. James, possibly from VT
  11. James, of Scotland abt 1672
  12. John, of Barrow, Rutland, Eng English Hinmans distant cousins
  13. Loring, b. abt 1820, OH
  14. Oremel Smith, b. abt 1820, Suffield, Portage, OH
  15. Robert, b. 4 Sep 1804, VT
  16. Thomas, b. 14 Sep 1798, VA
  17. Thomas of Bloxom, Accomack Co, VA
  18. Timothy, b. 1 Nov 1796, poss Oneida Co, NY
  19. Timothy, b. 1779, Waterbury, CT
  20. William H Hinman, b. 1832, Berkshire Co, MA
  21. William W Hinman, b. Dec 1821, VT
We have also provided a "privatized" GEDCOM file for each of them. You will find the download link on the first page. A new feature of our website for these broken links will be a note labeled Research: which will suggest areas where research might yield results.

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Database History

Our first source data came from Royal Hinman's A Family Record of the Descendants of Sergt. Edward Hinman published in 1856. It had been originally published in 1852 as Part V of Genealogy of the Puritan Settlers of Connecticut. A far-flung committee of eight members spent several years indexing the book and proof-reading the index. We had the index microfilmed and filed it with the Library of Congress and other libraries which also had the book. We used the Barbour collection of Connecticut vital records to verify as many names as possible. These sources are cited herein. (In a few cases we corrected spelling errors, such as Royal Hinman's mention of Henry J. J. Hinman, which should have been V. V. for Van Vleck, or of Asine Colt; the vital records clearly show Anne Colt.)

These sources started our database with some 3,000-plus names. At present we have more than 43,449 names and more than 15,558 marriages, most of which have been contributed by members. We've added more than 8,000 names in just the past year! As a matter of interest, we have 108 pairs of twins but only one set of triplets! Direct descendants of the gateway ancestors so far number more than 24,600.

I want to pay special tribute to Donald Gerard Hinman of Endicott, NY, and Betty K Barry of Grants Pass, OR, for their tireless efforts all these years. Betty flew down to San Jose in 1975 and spent several days with us making the original family group pages, and Donald has sent in hundreds of pages of data he has collected from libraries, vital records, microfilm, and other sources.

The Association has blank forms for anyone who wants to add records to our databank. For information on how to do this see the paragraphs below.

Most source notes in the following pages are self-explanatory, especially those citing books and page numbers. Many notes come from vital records and old land record books and are usually abbreviated. For example, Stratford LR2-248 refers to Stratford (CT) Land Records, volume 2, page 248. In the early days, births, marriages, deaths, and christenings were recorded in the land records. In some Notes you will see the initials SSDI. They stand for Social Security Death Index, a database of more than 68,960,000 names maintained by Where death dates are not given to us, we can sometimes retrieve them from the SSDI.

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How to add your own data to HFA base

We would especially like to receive your data if you have made a connection to someone already in our files. But, even if you haven't established a connection, we'll be happy to enter the data for you.  If you are in the database, please include the number after your name in your correspondence.

The old-fashioned way:

  1. You will need two forms, both downloaded from here: a pedigree chart and family group sheet . These are .PDF files, which need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader FREE by clicking here.
  2. Starting with your own name as #1 on the pedigree chart, fill out as much information as you can.
  3. Prepare a family group sheet for the family of each person on your pedigree chart. You may simply include the direct line to your ancestor rather than collateral lines if you wish.
  4. Send an email to Tracy Hinman Sigrist, thinman(at)  She will email you her home address, to which you can mail your family group sheets.  She will enter your data into the HFA database and let you know when it's done.

An even better (and faster) way!

We have a form that allows you to fill out a family group sheet directly online and submit it to us electronically. We add the information to our database and upload it at the next regular upload. Click HERE to get the form and type directly into it. Be sure to identify yourself at the top of the form so we can verify that the data came from you. Anonymous data will be discarded. When you have finished, click the bar at the bottom of the form to send it to the webmaster.

You can go right up your ancestral line with these forms. After doing one family, start a new form with the parent of the previous family as the child.

Finally, if you don't know who your earliest ancestor connects with, send us your data anyway and we'll do our best to make a connection for you. Sometimes we have your ancestor in our database but show him/her as unmarried with no children. Suddenly, your information arrives and we then have a more complete pedigree.

It's important to provide dates and places if you know them. This is a great aid to research. For instance, if we don't have the county where a person was born, in which of the 3,660 counties should we look for a birth record? It even helps to know where a person lived, as we leave paper trails almost everywhere. If you don't know where someone was born, but you know where he lived, just type "lived in Rockland County" or wherever.

Let us hear from you!

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A word about the Coat of Arms

When we organized the Hinman Family Association in 1974, we wanted a logo for our stationery and other literature. We decided to adopt the coat of arms published in Burke's Peerage for some unknown Hinman. We omitted the mantle and the crest, and simplified the style of the blazon. But we did follow to the letter the description published by Burke:

Vert, on a chev or, three roses gules, slipped and leaved of the first.

The field color is always named first, then the charge, then the lesser things. Translated: Green, on a chevron gold, three roses red, slipped (that is, the stem cut at an angle) and leaved (with leaves left on) of the first (that is, the first color, which was green).

This design was adopted as the logo of the Hinman Family Association. We show it on all our publications, including the web pages. Feel free to download it to your own computer for your own use. Place the cursor on the image, right click, and select "Save image as", then put it anywhere on your disk.

Graphics and guest book designed by Chris Sigrist of Santa Rosa, CA.

Please report any errors to thinman(at)

This web page produced 23 Dec 2005 by Ancestral Quest 2002, a product of Incline Software, LC.