Barnard Genealogy group on Facebook

In Memory of the First Settlers of Hartford

In Mem­ory of the First Set­tlers of Hartford

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.


John & Abigail Strong Gravestone, Northampton Massachusetts

John & Abi­gail Strong Grave­stone, Northamp­ton Massachusetts

We are a dynamic inter­na­tional fam­ily orga­ni­za­tion. Our main objec­tive is to pro­mote recog­ni­tion of Strong Fam­ily heritage.

We wel­come every­one who is inter­ested in the Strong Family.

Joining the Family

Annual Mem­ber­ships are avail­able as well as Life­time Memberships

Mem­ber­ship Includes:

  • Four Newslet­ters pub­lished through­out the year
  • Use of the Lend­ing Library
  • Inclu­sion in the Mem­ber­ship Directory
  • Many other benefits

To join, con­tact the Mem­ber­ship Sec­re­tary by mail or click on the line below to send an e-mail message:

Con­tact the Mem­ber­ship Secretary

Our Objectives

The Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica exists 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 of the above to suc­ceed­ing generations

About Us

The Mary & John

Click on the pic­ture to go to the “Ships Page”

The Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica, includ­ing over 700 mem­bers from at least 46 States, Canada, and Aus­tralia, is pleased to wel­come you to our fam­ily Web­site. This por­tion of our web­site is designed specif­i­cally to keep our mem­ber­ship informed of on going activ­i­ties, reunions, and projects cur­rently under­way, as well as to pro­vide a num­ber of links to other Strong Fam­ily sites with more exten­sive genealog­i­cal information.

As one of the old­est fam­i­lies in Amer­ica, we take great pride in shar­ing infor­ma­tion about our her­itage with you. We rec­og­nize the need of an Inter­net pres­ence to help more peo­ple world­wide become aware of our exis­tence. Our con­stant desire to locate more mem­bers of our very exten­sive fam­ily and invite them into our asso­ci­a­tion is bound­less. The pride and sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing one’s “roots” is truly a reward­ing expe­ri­ence and we wel­come all Strong descen­dants who are inter­ested to par­tic­i­pate in this endeavor with us.

We cor­dially invite you to view our site at any time, now and in the future, for ref­er­ence to our Strong Fam­ily Association’s con­tin­u­ing efforts.

The Strong Family Coat of Arms

Strong Family Crest The Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion Coat of Arms (The Strong Crest) was approved by the SFAA Direc­tors at the SFAA Annual National Mem­bers’ Meet­ing in August 1977 as the Offi­cial Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion Coat of Arms (Crest). This came about after much research into the back­ground by sev­eral of the more knowl­edge­able SFAA mem­bers. From this infor­ma­tion, a young SFAA mem­ber artist, James Horner Strong of Arling­ton, MA painted this crest which was sub­se­quently approved by the SFAA Direc­tors. The ani­mal in the SFAA Crest is a wyvern or eagle. Most Amer­i­can ref­er­ences list it as an eagle. It bears a close resem­blance to the ani­mal in the Taunton City, Som­er­set, Eng­land crest which is a wyvern.

The Latin motto, “Ten­tanda Via Est” was approved by the SFAA Direc­tors to be the SFAA motto with the trans­la­tion to be: “The way is to be tried.”