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The Goodenow Family Association, Inc. is a group of families descended from five Goodenows who immigrated from England in 1638 on the ship Confidence and settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The name is spelled various ways including Goodenough, Goodnough, Goodno, and Goodnow among others.

The Association, formed in 1988, publishes a quarterly newsletter, Goodenows' Ghosts, which shares news, history and lineage information about Goodenows worldwide. Back issues are available for purchase. GFA's hardcover book, Goodenows who Originated in Sudbury, Massachusetts 1638 A.D., by Theodore James Fleming Banvard (1994) is also available for purchase.

The first 4 generations of Goodenows descended from the immigrants to Sudbury are presented on this site. The Goodenow database, containing more than 48,000 names, may be queried by e-mailing the database manager.

Goodenows at 2008 reunion


Reunions are held every other year at various places associated with the Goodenows.

The 2014 biennial reunion will occur in Grand Rapids, MI. The main program begins with a Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, July 16, and lasts through a Farewell Dinner on Saturday, July 19. There are optional "Early Bird" activities scheduled beginning on Monday, July 14, and an Add-on Tour of northern Michigan from July 20-24. See the February 2014 issue of Goodenow's Ghosts for more information or click here to make your hotel reservations now.

Goodenow Family Tours

Goodenows holding Reunion sign

Last Updated 7 March 2014

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