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