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GFA New Bedford Reunion Beckons - July 9-12, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marjorie Murray   
Monday, 16 March 2015 21:43

The time has come for the GFA’s 5-year-interval trip back to New England, where the first Grinnells - Matthew and Rose - settled in the 1630s. Since the inception of the Grinnell Family Association in 1979, and our very first reunion in 1980, we have returned to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island area every 5 years, to celebrate in the land where our ancestors first glimpsed this wonderful New World known as America. This July 9 – 12, 2015, the descendants (that’s us!) gather again as a group of cousins in historic New Bedford, MA, pictured above.

New Bedford is nicknamed ‘The Whaling City’ because during the 19th century, it was one of the most important whaling ports in the world, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. The city, along with Fall River and Taunton, make up the three largest cities in the South Coast region of Massachusetts. Europeans first settled New Bedford in 1652. Plymouth Colony settlers purchased the land from Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe. Whether the transfer of the land was legitimately done has been the subject of intense controversy. Like other native tribes, the Wampanoags did not share the settlers’ concepts of private property. The tribe may have believed they were granting usage rights to the land, not giving it up permanently.

And this is part of the history we will be learning about on our eastern trip…

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 07:25 )
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GFA Co-Founder Edsel W. Grinnell (1922-2015) Passes at Age 92 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 15 March 2015 13:41

We just received the sad news that one of the original five founders of the Grinnell Family Association of America, Edsel Grinnell, passed away at Medina, NY, on 13 March 2015 at the age of 92. Ed served as president of the GFA for several years in the 1980s. He and his beloved wife Swanie, who passed away on 28 January 2011, were regular and enthusiastic attendees at the Grinnell Family Association reunions.

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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:

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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 )
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