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Grinnell Genealogy Book - Progress Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:23

Last month, I extracted a GEDCOM (Genealogical Data COMmunication) file from the Grinnell genealogy database—the one that I still intend (yeah, you’ve heard that one before…) to make available to GFA members, along with the archive of GFA newsletters all the way back to Vol. 1, No. 1. But that’s a different topic that I do promise to address in the near future.

The GEDCOM file, containing the names of over 40,000 individuals and linked information of almost 15,000 marriages, was brought into a genealogical database program called Genbox. This program, virtually unheard of by most folks in the genealogy biz, hasn’t been updated in several years, but it has a combination of features that I have yet to find in any other genealogy database computer programs—at least for those who want to publish a genealogy:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:39 )
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Important Anniversary Almost Got Away From Us! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 01:55

Painting of original St. Leonard's ParishWhile I was importing yet another set of GEDCOM files in preparation for editing the next edition of the Grinnell Family genealogy, I was looking at the records of our progenitor, Matthew Greenell, of Lexden, Essex County, England. The earliest known record of our earliest known (confirmed) ancestor is that of Matthew’s marriage to Rose French at St. Leonard’s Parish, in the aforementioned Lexden. What struck me out of the blue was the date of the marriage: 28 August 2015. Stop me if you see where I’m getting with this. Our reunion in New Bedford, MA in mid-July 2015 is within six weeks of being the 400th anniversary of the earliest known record of our ancestors, the wedding anniversary of Matthew and Rose. Of course, the other major event, providing everything goes according to plan, will be the showing of the 3rd edition of a Grinnell Family Association-sponsored Grinnell Genealogy!

We will be posting more information on the site and in upcoming newsletters about the reunion and how to get your own copy of the Grinnell genealogy, which looks like it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 pages (I’ll know more in another month or two, and will share this with you). Along with this, we want to do something to mark this 400th anniversary event, but haven’t quite decided what, yet. We’re hoping that you, the members of the GFA may have some ideas on how to celebrate this event. It needs to be somehow tied to both the upcoming reunion and the book. Other than that, let your creativity be your guide.

Drop me, Larry Grinnell, an email, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send me a “snailmail” at the address shown on the Contacts page of this website.

Let’s make this a very special reunion and celebrate our ancestor’s 400th wedding anniversary (gee, what gift goes with a 400th anniversary?).

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:47 )
Laura Prescott Accepts New Position at PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:48

GFA member (#554) Laura Grinnell Prescott is starting a new job at as director of curriculum development. Laura is a former GFA board member, and attended the recent Glacier National Park reunion. Currently residing in Brookline, NH, a move to Ancestry's headquarters state of Utah is expected in the near future. Congratulations to Laura from all of us at the Grinnell Family Association!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:58 )
Roger Lee Grinnell (1946-2013) PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell (GFA #95)   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:01

Roger Grinnell with grandson Cameron Matthew Ruggeri, taken in 2007I am sorry to have to report the passing of Roger Lee Grinnell, the younger and much loved brother of GFA Board Member, David Lawrence Grinnell, on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Roger Lee Grinnell, GFA #564, was born September 14, 1946 the youngest son of Clairmont Livesey Grinnell, Jr. and Mildred Anna Gladding. Roger was married to Patricia Ann Sullivan and was the proud father of Dawn Michael Grinnell, Jacqueline Leigh Grinnell Ruggieri, and Rebecca Lynn Hennion and the loving grandfather of 4 grandchildren.

Roger retired from the US Coast Guard Reserve with the military rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), and with whom he served during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf of Arabia. He was a jeweler with the J. H. Breaknell & Co. Jewelry Company of Newport, Rhode Island and worked for years as a foreign car technician in the Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island area.

Roger was an 8th great grandson of Matthew Greenell and his wife Rose French, as well as a descendant of Roger Williams and Anne Marbury Hutchinson. Roger was also a member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Order of the Founders and Patrirots of America through Matthew Greenell, Founder and Robert Grinnell, Patriot.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:51 )
Reunion at Glacier Nat'l Park Big Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 15:56

The Grinnell Family Association recently wrapped up a fabulous reunion at Glacier National Park. 34 Grinnell descendants and their families attended. More in a few days.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 August 2013 16:18 )
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