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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) was awarded second place in the 1995 Anna Ford Book Contest by the Heart of America Genealogical Society and Library, Inc.

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.

Sad News

It is with deep regret that the Officers and Directors of the Goodenow Family Association report the death December 26, 2017 of Carol McWain Goodenough, the husband of Robert A Goodenough and mother of Scott and Susan.

Carol was the founder of Goodenow’s Ghosts in the early 1980’s as a newsletter for the decedents of the five Goodenow siblings that immigrated to Sudbury Plantation in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1638 and 1639. As the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the siblings in the New World approached in 1988, Carol responded to the requests of her readers to organize a reunion in Sudbury to mark that milestone. One hundred-seventy seven persons participated at one level or another in that 1988 event. A direct outcome of that reunion was the formation of the Goodenow Family Association.

Of course, Carol and husband, Bob, were prime movers in the early years of the Association and continued to be participants in a variety of ways in the work of the Association including organization of the GFA reunion in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014. An obituary for Carol may be found at

What's New?

Goodenow Family at 2014 reunion


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

The next biennial reunion of the Goodenow Family Association will be headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts in July 2018. The "Early Bird" Program is July 16-18 and the Main Program is July 18-22, 2018. Reunion Coordinators are Hal and Betsey Cutler. 2018 will mark the 380th anniversary of the arrival of John, Thomas, Edmund and Ursula Goodenow in the Massachusetts Bay colony. All members are invited!

Goodenow Family Tours

Goodenows holding Reunion sign

Last Updated 8 January 2018

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