Much of the information relating to the early Hepburn family has been gathered at the Public Records of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast, the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin (NAI), the General Records Offices of Ireland (IGRO) and The Family History Centre of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Hyde Park London branch (LDS).
My initial interest came from the early work of my father, James Hughes Hepburn, and my grandfather's cousin, the late Andrew Hepburn of Burton on Trent, England, both who preserved family photos and letters for posterity and who began researching the family tree before the benefit of computers and search engines.
Honourable mention also goes to Elinor Elliott and Simon Elliott, who have generously contributed information about the Elliott side of the family tree and to Adele Cutler Bond who contibuted information on the Hepburns inToronto, Canada. Also to Albert Hepburn of McBride Street, Raphoe who helped confirm the information I had gathered on the Raphoe Hepburns.
I am also grateful to the countless librarians and archivists that have unfailingly responded to my requests for obscure newspaper articles and documents.
And thanks goes to my family and friends for humouring me in my ongoing 'obsession'.