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Published by the Frary Family Association:


The Frary Family In America 1637-1980 by Margaret Murphy Frary and Anne Frary Lepak, 1981

497 pages with index of all names (Out of print).


The Frary Family in America: A Continuation by Anne Frary Lepak, 1985

Numbered continuously from first volume to page 785 with index (Out of print).


Supplements to Frary Genealogy, #1 to #6, published from 1987-2000

Numbered continuously from previous volumes to page 1060 with volume six an index to all previous publications (All out of print).


Newsletters have been published and mailed to FFA members since February 1971 and now come out in May and November of each year. 

With no new material published since 1995 it is now the goal of the FFA to produce a new book to encompass all previous material and any new information available in this new modern era of the Internet. Assistance will be needed from family members to keep the genealogical committee informed of any changes in their family such as births, marriages and deaths. 

For questions about genealogy, please contact the Historian, Bill Colehour, at


What Do PINs Mean?


Questions frequently come up regarding PIN numbers. The PINs came about when the first Frary Historians were putting the original genealogy books together and needed a way to keep individuals unique, since there are many descendants with the same or similar names. This was pre-computer days. Only two children of our immigrants, John and Prudence, left male descendants, Samson and Eleazer, hence the S and E prefixes. Some of this information appeared in the May 2008 Frary Family Association Newsletter to members.


To start with some basics. Each person born with last name of Frary, whether male or female, has his or her own unique PIN. When a Frary woman marries, her children have the same PIN as their mother, followed by the letter a for the first child, b for the second child, c for the third child, d for the four child, etc.


If a person’s PIN is surrounded by parentheses only, it means that this person is the spouse of the person who has that PIN. To use some examples from the names of some officers and directors, President Dave Frary is E2013; his wife, Cathy, is (E2013). Director of Publications Robert B. Frary is S194; his wife, Margaret, Director is (S194).


If a person’s PIN is surrounded by brackets only, it means that this person is a descendant of the person who has that PIN. Newsletter Editor James Riley is [E1350a]. His paternal grandmother was Martha Elvira Frary E1350. Martha married James Riley and had four children; the oldest of the four is Bill Riley E1350a. Bill is James’s father. Bill’s three children have the exact same number as Bill, in brackets. So, James and his brother and sister are all [E1350a], and the children and future generations of James and his brother and sister are [E1350a].


Some PINS are surrounded by two sets of marks. If the closest set of marks is brackets, with parentheses outside the brackets, it means that this person is the spouse of a descendant, Historian William Colehour’s PIN is [S19d], William’s wife is Jean Colehour, Immediate Past President. Jean’s PIN is ([S19d]).


If the closest set of marks is parentheses, with brackets outside the parentheses, it means that this person is the divorced spouse of the person who has that PIN. We have had such instances on our mailing list. Say that a Frary man’s PIN is S2345. His wife’s PIN would be (S2345). They have children; then they divorce. The man has no interest in the FFA, but the wife does, usually for the sake of their children, who are Frarys. The wife pays dues and remains on our mailing list. After the divorce, a set of brackets is added to her PIN, and her PIN becomes [(S2345)].


All perfectly clear, right? The PIN numbers are becoming obsolete in the computer age. The next genealogy book will not be driven by PIN numbers but will have numbers assigned by the genealogy computer software.

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