The Barnard Genealogy group (click here) on Facebook is “a network for people researching the genealogy of the Barnard surname.” It is a closed group, which merely means you need to ask the group to join. We’ll be glad to have you!
So what is the connection to the Strong Family Association of America?
Since August 10, 1975, we exist to:
- Promote the recognition of our heritage.
- Provide a means of learning more of our forebears.
- Promote friendships among the diverse Strong family.
- Obtain and/or preserve artifacts of our heritage.
- Pass on all the above to succeeding generations.
Most of us descend from either Elder John Strong (ca. 1610–1699) and his first wife Margery Deane (d. with infant abt. 1635), which we call the John Strong Jr. line, or Elder John Strong and his second wife Abigail Ford (1619–1688) and their 16 children.
Their daughter Sarah Strong (1656–1733/34) married Joseph Barnard Sr. (abt. 1650–1695), son of Francis Barnard and Hannah Meruell of Hadley, MA. Joseph and Sarah (Strong) Barnard are my 8th great grandparents — and that is how the Strong Family Association connects to the Barnard genealogy!
Some time soon, perhaps this summer, it may be time to create a Strong Family Association group on Facebook. We have tried quite a number of “group” things online in the past. Long ago, we had a Strong mailing list on one of the major online services (perhaps Geni?). We have tried mailing lists, bulletin boards, and Google groups.
Facebook is here to stay, and many of us have a Facebook account. Mine is here. The Facebook groups seem very easy to use, and act pretty much like any other Facebook account. We can set the group so that it is visible to the world at large, but only members get to post to it.