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We are a non-commercial knowledge base focusing on the VAUGHAN line that originated in Rhode Island in 1638.
Other major lines joined by marriage include GNARINI, HIBLER, HART, and HARTLEY.
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ANNUNCIO SPECIALE: Abbiamo appena creato un sito web separato per il cognome GNARINI!
Per vedere tutto le nostre informazione di GNARINI o in italiano o in spagnolo, vi preghiamo di visitare www.gnarini.org
Clicka sul nuovo URL per un collegamento diritto.


All guests have FULL ACCESS to all data without registering. "Log-In" is for Administrators only.

A QUICK GUIDE TO THE WEBSITE


Home is the opening page you are presently viewing. The titles in blue below and to the left are clickable gateways into the site.

Articles is our "library" and holds several sections of data covering many subjects ranging from specific to general to serious to fun. Click on your choice and several sections and sub-sections will appear. Click on any title and it will appear. There are sections that will have interest to all VAUGHANs, not just the ones from our specific family.

Ancestral Charts hold the standard format genealogy charts divided into sections to make it easy for you to select. Of course we have our 27K+ name personal ancestry but we also have a separate section (in Italian) for our GNARINI line. The GNARINI database is the largest gathering of those names on the Internet. There are also separate databases for VAUGHANs that are unrelated to our line, and, separate databases for the large ancestries of some of our in-law and cousin lines.

Photo Gallery features almost 50 different albums with images of several families, cousin lines, ancient/ancestral family members, and, many other items of interest. Click on the album to open up the category and then once inside, click on an individual image to reveal the caption.

Search is the most powerful tool on this website. Enter a name, word or phrase and every place it appears in Articles and the Photo Gallery will be listed. The Ancestral Charts have their own separate internal Search functions.

Web Links holds links to other websites that may assist your search for specific VAUGHAN data or general genealogy information. Some sites may be commercial in nature, some may have advertisements and some links may no longer be valid. We have no affiliation with any commercial website. Please let us know if you discover a link that has closed.

Contact Us is the way to get in touch with us. This is an ever-growing work in progress that requires continual refinement, so we welcome your submissions, questions, comments or critiques. We will personally respond within 24 hours. We have ITALIAN, SPANISH and TAGALOG translators on staff. Feel free to send in your comments in these languages if it is easier for you.


FEATURED IMAGE


William Frank VAUGHAN



William Frank VAUGHAN
Pharmacists Mate Second Class, US Navy
Died 7Dec1941 (Pearl Harbor Day) aboard the USS Arizona
Missing in Action
(image from the USS Arizona Memorial)

Photo courtesy Kathy Margrave


We feature images from the Photo Gallery that are generally updated on the 1st and 15th of each month. If you have a VAUGHAN, GNARINI or any other ancestral allied family image you would like to submit, please send us an email with your image as an attachment. This image was posted December 1st.

OUR WEBSITE


John VAUGHAN presumably born in Britain about 1616 and Luigi GNARINI born 1833 in Italy are the first members of their respective families to come to America. This is a genealogy of all of John's and Luigi's known descendants, and, the pedigrees of Ralph & Gaea that brought these two great families together when they married. We also have a separate International GNARINI Genealogy for all other known GNARINIs in the world.

VAUGHAN, the 854th most common name in the US (1990 Census), is the Anglo-Saxon translation of the Welsh word VYCHAN that meant a younger member of the family. It was originally used to refer to a child in a family having the same given name as a parent but it became a secondary or surname after 1000 AD. Usage of VAUGHAN begins along The Marches of England after the time William the Conqueror’s forces first approached Wales. Unlike England, William never conquered Wales and the Welsh language remained intact much longer. VAUGHAN is the original and correct spelling of the name and is one of the 35 oldest names in Great Britain. Vaughn, Vaun and all other variations did not exist as surnames in ancient Wales and Britain but are corruptions due mainly to illiteracy, transcription error or poor penmanship that began in The Colonies after 1650. Census-takers and government workers in The Colonies, and subsequently the United States, were the greatest offenders.

GNARINI originates in the 11th Century mountain village of Ponzano Superiore, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy and is among the rarest names in the world. When Gaea's brother, John GNARINI, died in the year 2000, the name became extinct in North America. Ponzano Superiore was first built as a military outpost to overlook the Via Francigena in the Val di Magra (Magra River Valley). We have had the privilege of visiting this wonderful place.

Our heritage includes four direct Mayflower lines (several more via cousin lines), scores of ties to European royalty and a number of scoundrels.

At present, we have over 27,000 individuals representing more than 5,000 different surnames, a Photo Gallery with well over 1,000 photos, and, over 200 Articles on various subjects.

Genealogy websites sometimes tend to be "dry" or "stuffy" so we have injected a little humor scattered about the website. We try not to take ourselves too seriously.

If you have ancestors in this genealogy, we invite you to bring your line up to the current generation. Please drop us a line, we always enjoy hearing from cousins.

Our website is for personal use only.

Ralph & Gaea (GNARINI) VAUGHAN




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