Welcome to the new website for the Goff - Gough Family Association. For more than 30 years Goff-Gough family members have researched and shared their family histories. For many years members and guests have looked to our website as a resource for their family research. We believe this totally new site will give us even better, easier to use tools to share our research and to ask questions.
Please check out what we have to offer. We hope you will return to see the additional features as we go forward.
If you have suggestions or comments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GGFA 2013 Gathering - Sept. 5-7
Our GGFA Gathering
will be held on Thursday - Saturday, September 5-7, 2013
near historic Rehoboth, Massachusetts. This was the home for Anthony Goff, whose desscendants form a major branch of Goffs/Goughs in our country. Visits to the local library, housed in the historic Goff Hall and other activities are planned.. Click on the GGFA Gathering 2013
on the left for more information and to register.
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Winter 2013 (Januaryr) issue of Goffs/Goughs - Their Ancestors and Descenants is now available in the Members Only area. Guests can view the Table of Contents here.
NEW - Newsletter Index
The Goff-Gough Family Association newsletter has entered its 31st year. Over these three decades members have contributed information about the families to fill more than 3,600 pages. All issues of the newsletter are available for PDF download in the Members Only area. Most copies are available for sale in the Store.
Contribute Your Story
It’s time to start working on the next issue of Goff/Goughs – Their Ancestors and Descendants
. Why not get information on your Goff/Gough family published where other family members will logically look for it, might get in touch with you and share additional information? We need articles, family group sheets, bible records, wills, and results of your Goff/Gough research, etc. for publication. Let us hear from you. Send genealogical queries and other materials for publication to Sherri Manker at email@example.com
We have completely remade our Goff-Gough Family Association website, which now contains two sections: the Public area and a section for Members Only..
Public Area Contents
Members Only Section
Newsletter Archives - 30 years of the Goffs/Goughs: Their Ancestors and Descendants
Articles on the Goff/Gough Surname DNA Sutdy
Forums - for Queries, suggestions et al
Coming Soon to the Members Only Section
More information on the Goff families, et al.
Photo Galley of historic family pictures - if there is interest - and people are able to submit photos
Goffs- Goughs at Valley Forge
Bill Goff sent a link to the Valley Forge Legacy Muster Roll Project
which honors those who served at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78. Bill noted that there are 15 Goff's and one Gough listed among those who served.
Do you have other helpful links to suggest? You can add your suggestions on the Forums page in the Members Only section, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our collection of links found by clicking on Links
on the left hand column.
Goff Gough DNA Study
Do You Know What DNA Can Tell You?
By Phillip G. Goff, Charlotte, NC
Phillip Goff is co-author of The Four Goff Brothers of Western Virginia. Since 2004, Mr. Goff has enrolled about 100 participants in the Goff/Gough Surname DNA Study, which is helping answer the question, "Where are the Goffs/Goughs From?"
Genealogy research has been a hobby for me since 1977. In January of that year, Roots, a miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel, was broadcast on television over eight nights. I recall watching, but was truly more focused on the heavy snow that year, which pushed aside school and allowed me to polish my sledding skills. The winter melted into spring and then heated up into summer break. One day that summer my mother pointed out an article titled "Tracing Your Family Tree" in the June 1977 issue of her Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I was hooked. (read more)
Phil provides regular updates on the DNA project in our quarterly newsletter.
Did You Know?
lists more than 13,800 records for Goff's in the United States, 3,865 for Gough's and 214 for Goffe's. You can find a link to the Find-A-Grave website in the "Links
" tab on the left side of the page.
From Our Archives
THE USS GOFF
From Goffs/Goughs: Their Ancestors and Descendants
Winter 1986, p 6.
Submitted by Barrett L. McKown
The ship, the USS Goff DD-247, pictured on the front cover of this issue, was named for Nathan Goff, former Secretary of the Navy and U. S. Senator from West Virginia. The photo is from the collection of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland and this write-up is from the Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships, Vol. 3, 1969.
Goff was built by the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ, and launched 2 Jun 1920; sponsored by Mrs. Nathan Goff, widow of the former Secretary of the Navy; and commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 19 Jan 1921. This ship was a hard-working destroyer that saw 24 years of service before being decommissioned and stricken from the Navy Register on 13 Aug 1945. (read more)