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I have added a new section in the Message Board for General Site Comments so that visitors can leave comments on what they think of the site, what they think can be improved and any requests for new features, research areas and media.  You can access the Message Boards here:  Garfield Message Boards.

You can sign in to the message board service in a number of ways; Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn and others.  I created the boards as a place for fellow researchers to ask each other questions about their research.  You can use the General Section to introduce yourself and the areas of research you are interested in so others can connect.

In other news, I am working on trying to figure out the best way to display the massive amount of documents for each person in the easiest way possible.  Expect to see some trials coming over the next month in the Records section.  I will be starting with my line (the French Creek Garfields) as I have the most complete information to build the system around.  Next I plan to get the Presidential line and then go where I have the most available and complete information from there.

I am hoping next year to start again on the Garfields in America and integrate a family tree layout along with it.

I am looking for some researchers and family members that would like to send me stories, photos or bits of research to post on the blog.  This is everyones place to share and can be kept going only if I have content to post. If you would like to share please email me at  I will be trying to post a weekly “Document of the Week” on Mondays starting next week to highlight some of the documents I have collected.  A “Picture of the Week” entry could come along if enough people would like to share some family pictures with the Garfield community.

As you may have noticed, I do not limit the information to just the Garfield family, I will add any research I have or receive for related families as well and welcome researchers of those families to join in the discussions and contribute to our shared history.  So far you will find something on the following families: Bayle, Powers, Mahler and Spinks.

As a final note, I would ask anyone with old family photos, documents, stories to send copies along so I can add them to the story and preserve them on the site for future generations.  You can email your files to or if you are not able to digitize them we can discuss ways to get them copied in detail so that they can be properly displayed and preserved.

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New Photos and Records Added

Site Update:  Added some new photos for the Garfield, Bayle, Powers, Spinks and Mahler families.

In the MISC Records I have added some audio recordings of Richard Garfield and a video of the Flag folding ceremony during his memorial.  There are also some documents for the Garfield, Bayle and Spinks family, most notably the household ledger of Florence (Spinks) Garfield wife of Joe Garfield in French Creek, NY, a church charter that lists two Garfields and two Bayles with signatures.  The family record section of the James and Sarah (Cassler) Spinks family bible and some school notes and documents from the Albert and Ruby (Powers) Bayle family of French Creek, NY.

We are also sad to announce the passing of James Greco of Lancaster, NY.  He was the husband of Phyllis (Garfield) Greco and son in law of Floyd Garfield of the French Creek, NY Garfield line.  His memorial page will be added in the coming days.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the time spent with our families.  I would love to hear from anyone who wishes to share some of their favorite family holiday memories from years past.

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Two Pictures of Richard Garfield

Richard Garfield 1940-1941 with Rebuilt 1939 Ford

Richard Garfield with a 1939 Ford, taken cir 1940-41


Richard Garfield K-55 (1)

Richard Garfield at K-55 Osan Air Base in South Korea.

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Welcome to the new family newsletter

Greetings! fellow researchers,

It is here I hope to establish a bit of outreach to everyone researching the Garfield family around the world.  I will use the newsletter to pass on short stories and information about various topics concerning the family’s history and genealogy in general as well as giving updates on the remodeling of the Garfield Family website.

I am looking for a couple of people who would also like to post on a regular basis to help keep information flowing and put out new research finds.  Even once or twice a month would be fine if anyone has the time and desire to do so.

As for the first update on the website you will find a link on the main page to a new “test” site I am setting up.  I have a few examples on each page so that you can gain some kind of idea what type of information will be available on the completed site.  The layout is not set in stone and will probably be changed as I get deeper into the design stages and have time to develop themes.

There is now a message board where you can ask for help from other researchers, leave messages about who you are researching for others to see and contact you if they can help or just say a hello and introduce yourself to the Garfield research community.

I am working on digitizing and protecting our family heritage and have been scanning my grandparents old photos and from various other family members they have received photos from.  I am looking for anyone else who has or knows who has old family photos that can either scan them and send me files or can send the photos so I can scan them and return the originals.  I can digitize most anything at this point from small to large photographs, 35mm slides, and various sizes of film negatives.

Finally if anyone is interested and can help in any of the above or if you just want to get in touch for research purposes, you can reach me at

I hope to hear from my fellow researchers and to get our little community back together and active in uncovering our shared history.

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