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Writers Wanted! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 19 May 2012 12:55

We are looking for writers to add Grinnell-related content to our website as well as our excellent newsletter. Your fearless webmaster and newsletter editor cannot do it alone. Operating a website such as this requires content and lots of it. The demand for fresh content never ends, nor does our own.

We're looking for articles on Grinnell history, notable (in a big way or small) people of Grinnell ancestry, stories about businesses owned by Grinnells (especially if the Grinnell name is in the business name), and pretty much anything else you can think of that might have some relationship to Grinnells.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2012 12:38 )
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Glacier National Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:04

Here's a short video on the location of our 2013 GFA reunion: Glacier National Park! It goes into the origins of the park and the involvement of George Bird Grinnell, among others, in getting the park established.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 March 2012 01:24 )
New Bedford Research Bonanza PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Monday, 26 March 2012 23:23

New GFA member Jonathan Caldwell (GFA #744) passed on this terrific link of a large slideshow presented by James Grinnell at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in October, 2011.

"The Grinnells & Howlands", presentation by James Grinnell

This presentation consisted of 185 slides telling the story of the Grinnell and Howland families of New Bedford, and their familial and business relationships over the years, and in so doing has put together the largest collection of information on these amazing and prosperous families. The online slideshow suffers from some performance glitches, as well as the erroneous adherence to 1931's Ancestry of the Grinnell Family by William M. Emery, which perpetuated the incorrect link to the French Grenelle family (something which was disproved in the late 1980s by several researchers, and whose British origins were validated by Jane Fiske of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society in the January, 1993 issue of The Register). That aside, the story of the New Bedford Grinnell and Howland families from the mid 1700s through the early 20th century, is well-documented from period Massachusetts newspapers, as well as the old gray lady herself, the New York Times.

This presentation is a must-see for anyone who is even remotely interested in the New Bedford Grinnell and Howland families, and certainly mandatory for anyone doing serious research on these families.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 March 2012 23:59 )
Key West's Grinnell Street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 11 March 2012 22:37

Grinnell and Angel Streets, Key West, FL, next to an old cemetery

Our next Grinnell Street sign is in Key West, FL. In this case, it appropriately intersects with Angel Street at an old cemetery. It may be hard to see here, but the plots are above ground, just like those in New Orleans, LA, due to the very high water table. It's almost impossible to get a six foot deep dry hole, hence the above ground cemetery plots.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 April 2012 23:29 )
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Website Access: An Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:47

As most of you know, the computer hosting the previous GFA website (that I maintained at my home), suffered a massive failure in February, 2011, for which there was no current backup. This affected a bunch of things, including the site content, the online genealogy, the membership database, and the newsletter back issues. I was able to recover nearly all of the site content, and already had a backup of the old newsletters. Working with President Kathy Asbury, we were able to cobble together a membership database, using an older copy I still had on one of my other computers. The main loss was the online genealogy database. Much work had been done by Marj Murray, entering genealogy data that she had received from many of you, as well as other online research through and others. Sadly, anything entered after July, 2009 is lost, and dear Marj is going to have to re-enter a lot of stuff.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 17:56 )
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