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Richard W. Hungerford, Jr. assembled a large database of Hungerfords as well as a large collection of photographs, bibles, manuscripts and other materials that he expects to contribute to the Foundation over time. Members of THFFI now are contributing additional names. See below for the Background behind development of the database as well as an explanation of its features.

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Richard W. Hungerford, Jr. started this database with Stanley Hungerford's book and used coding now accepted by the other Hungerford family historians. (Richard spoke with Stanley & told him that he would be doing this and Stanley okayed it.) The American Hungerfords got the prefix "SH" for Stanley Hungerford - and the number he assigned them. Richard's plan was to add, correct, update, fix, etc. Stanley's record and use it as the floor or starting point. New American Hungerfords-not in Stanley's book-- took the "US" designation. Stanley also documented two Hungerfords who landed in Maryland & Virginia - they got the prefixes "MD" & VA".

The Irish (which includes Australians) became "IR" and the English became "EN." Canadians should be either IR or US but some cannot be categorized so they are "UNCA." Lines that can't be traced back to the "published" lines get the prefix "UNUS," "UNIR," and "UNEN." There are also some Hungerford folks who come out of nowhere claiming to be German so they start with "GER." There are African American Hungerfords whose number starts with "USA."

Stanley also missed two major lines--one that came from Ireland and lived (mainly) in McKean county, PA and liked to switch their names between Hungerford, Hungiville and Hungerville. This line makes up the vast majority of the "UNIR" family. The other came Richard believed (thanks to the DNA tests) from what Stanley called the VA line, settled in Louisiana and was documented by Linda Marullo in her book "Preserving Our Hungerford Heritage." (Richard used "LM" numbers to indicate her line.)

The "UNUS" tag became unwieldy after a while so Richard started using "M" for modern as most of the recent unknowns are more recent in time. There are 312 pages for just the American names-Richard kept track of them all as they occasionally needed to be updated--a "UNUS" individual is figured out and is now assigned a "US" number. Female lines with Stanley were very confusing so Richard added a new numbering format. The daughters of SH66 became SH66a, SH66b, SH66c, etc. Their daughters take on normal numbers. Their kids mimic the format. A son who has a daughter goes back to the a,b,c etc. numbering.

After some time passed, Richard realized that he wanted to keep track of all things named Hungerford so he assigned them numbering schemes too. "HFC" for Hungerford Fictitious Characters; "EVNT" for Hungerford Events; "THG" for Hungerford Things; "PLC" for Hungerford Places; and "CMP" for Hungerford Companies.

The first American Thomas is SH1. The Hungerford Massacre in 1987 is EVNT1. Walter Lord Hungerford is EN8. The Hotel d'Hungerford in Paris, France is THG28. Hungerford Corners, Jefferson county, New York is PLC6. The J. Hungerford Smith Company is CMP8. (Etc.)