Each member of the Annal family has been assigned to a particular group according to their earliest known ancestor.
There are two main areas where the name Annal is known to have originated; South Ronaldsay (Orkney) and Fife. I am quite sure that the two groups are completely unrelated. I am equally sure that all the South Ronaldsay Annals are related to each other, but I have not been able to establish the relationships of the various branches before the parish registers start in the mid-to-late eighteenth century. There are therefore a number of separate groups in South Ronaldsay.
Since first identifying them, I have discovered that certain groups are related to others. I soon found out that the Liverpool and Gravesend Annals came from South Ronaldsay and I have been able to prove that the Yorkshire Annals came from Fife. There are therefore a number of missing group letters. The only significant group which I have not (so far) been able to trace back to either Orkney or Fife is the Annals of Deal in Kent.
|Group A||South Ronaldsay – East Side, Lythes, Mossetter, Stane, Myre etc.
|Group B||South Ronaldsay – Linklater, Mossetter etc.
|Group C||South Ronaldsay – Mossetter
|Group D||South Ronaldsay – Sandwick
Wick – Keiss; Holm
|Group E||South Ronaldsay – Papley, Grimness
|Group F||South Ronaldsay – Papley
Aberdeen; Rossyth; Australia; USA
|Group G||South Ronaldsay – Grimness
Edinburgh; Goodwick (Pembrokeshire); Leicester; Melksham
|Group H||South Ronaldsay – Holland
|Group M||St Andrews, Fife; Dundee; Dalry, Ayr; Kilwinning; Well, Yorkshire; Leeds; Bradford|
|Group P||Deal, Kent|