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Website Progress Report #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 11 January 2013 17:56

I promised I would advise you, dear readers, from time to time about the progress of bringing back some much-loved features of the GFA website. I must admit I have been extremely remiss in this area. Much of the problem is that I have taken on way too many projects at home, and in the community; mainly a demanding job that requires me to make a 42 mile one-way commute, and a board membership for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. I also maintain an active membership in the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communications. Lastly, I'm a lifelong procrastinator; something that often goes hand-in-hand with depression and anxiety. I've got every excuse, good and bad (and finally some great medications!), that I 've used to put off this project or that. It's a matter of getting off my duff to get busy, as it were.

All of that said, I do really intend to do better in 2013. Here's what I have done in the past year, if only to prove to myself and to you that I've done something!

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 18:44 )
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Another Connection Confirmed, or, We Are Family! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:36

DNA testing is the latest tool in a genealogist's arsenal, and can be very effective in plugging pesky lineage gaps, and sometimes disproving presumed links, too.

Recently, GFA member Helen Grinnell King (GFA#598) had a DNA test performed at the FamilyTreeDNA website, to see who she might be able to link up with. As it turns out, both my 2nd Cousin, GFA board member David L. Grinnell (GFA#95) and I independently had DNA testing done by the same company. The first results of this proved that David and I were indeed related, proving our lineage back to Robert Jason Grinnell Jr. (1854-1906), but I haven't yet pursued some other names submitted by individuals whose DNA markers matched ours.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 17:50 )
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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 )
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