Goff-Goff Family Association

Welcome!

Welcome to the all new Goff – Gough Family Association website. We invite you to browse the site’s new and enhanced features, including the Forum, Photo Archives and over 30 years of digitized newsletters.
 
With members in about 40 U.S. states plus England, Ireland, New Zealand and Japan, the Goff-Gough Family Association welcomes all who have an interest in Goff-Gough families, including all variant spellings.  Membership details can be found here.

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 webmaster@goff.gough.com

     
  NEW:    Check out our Facebook page for more information about GGFA.   
        Just click on the Facebook icon.

2015 GGFA Gathering

GOFF / GOUGH FAMILY GATHERING
 
September 10th thru 12th, 2015
 
The 11th Goff/Gough Gathering is coming soon.  Please mark the above listed dates on your calendar for this fun and educational event.  There is something to do and see for all ages.
           Location:
Hilton Garden Inn - Fort Wayne, Indiana
8615 US 24 West
Fort Wayne, Indiana  46804  
 
The main feature this year will be the opportunity to visit the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, an archive and research center perhaps second only to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
 
We will have our own room at the hotel to gather and share information.  While details will follow later, here's the basic plan:
  • Thursday evening, September 10 - gather after dinner for an informal social time
  • Friday, September 11 -  visit the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Library
  • Friday evening - gather for Pizza, share stories.   Also our GGFA general meeting
  • Saturday, September 12 - free time during the day; our GGFA banquet and social time
 
 

Leveraging Tech for our GGFA Research

How can we leverage technology for our GGFA research?
 
I believe our Goff-Gough family Association has a great opportunity to use existing and emerging technologies to help all of us as we research our families, share our questions and our findings, and preserve our research for future Goff-Gough researchers.  Our Facebook group is a wonderful example.  Here are some other ideas, which I believe could really make a difference in our GGFA research:
  1. Make our 33 years of our GGFA Newsletter (4,000 pages) fully searchable.   All back issues are currently online in the Members Only area of our GGFA website.  You can search each issue, but it is one issue at a time.   An earlier generation of volunteers indexed the first 20 years manually.  That index is also online.   What is the best way to make this happen?
  2. Create an archive for GGFA Member historic photos and documents.  Again this should be searchable.  There are space constraints to our newsletter.   We could more freely accept, store and share GGFA research with the right archival system.
  3. Help GGFA members and friends preserve their research.   How tragic it is when a lifetime of research is placed in a box, put on a shelf, and then perhaps lost years later.   Photos, stories, documents, discoveries.  Treasures are also lost to natural disasters.   Roy Lockkart, for example, had photographed several historic Goff family portraits in West Virginia that were tragically destroyed in historic floods in 1985.
  4. Online sharing and learning.   Many genealogy groups are effectively using platforms like Google Hangouts to have live conversations, seminars and information sharing.   Are there ways in which GGFA members can take advantage of these formats?
  5. Evernote is a hot topic among genealogists these days.   There was even a Google Hangout (see #4) on using Evernote and OneNote for One Name Studies (ie, like Goff-Gough)
  6. DNA – Phil Goff is doing a wonderful job in helping us with our GGFA DNA research.  What tools can we use to help Phil with this project?
  7. Master GGFA Family Tree?   This is an ambitious idea, but some family associations are doing this.   There are some Family Associations that use a web application called TNG –The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding.   One example is here:  http://byingtonfamily.org/
  8. Along with many other ideas . . .
These and other visions are possible – and probably within our capacity  . . .IF . . . we can find a few individuals with the technical skill and experience  AND several others who would agree to help with data management once it is established.   Interested?  Have comments?  Reply on our Facebook page or contact me at webmaster@goff-gough.com.
 
Bob Inhoff
President and Webmaster

April 2015 (Spring) Newsletter

 
The April 2015 (Spring) issue of Goffs/Goughs - Their Ancestors and Descenants is now available in the Members Only area.  Guests can view the Table of Contents here.

Newsletter Index

The Goff-Gough Family Association newsletter has entered its 33rd 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.
 
We have just added an index to the first 20 years of the newsletter, which contains more than 36,000 Surname entries.   We continue to work on the indexing project and will add more volumes as they are completed.

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 newsletter@goff-gough.com.
 

New GGFA Website Features

We are pleased to annouce two new features to the GGFA website:
 
Family Groups - GGFA members can now filter the Membership List to see if there are other members researching the same ancestor.
 
New GGFA Forum - we have created an entirely new Forum to suppot Members as well as visitors in their research.
 

Website Features

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 - More access (Members Only areas), add and view attachments to posts
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 webmaster@goff-gough.com.
 
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.
 
Visit the Goff-Gough Surname DNA Study  website for more information.
 

Did You Know?

Find-A-Grave 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)