Published in December 1997, this book gives the family history of three separate Finley families who settled in Sonoma County, California prior to 1900. Their ancestors are traced back to two John Finleys living in Augusta County, Virginia in the early to late 1700s. William Asa Finley and John Finley of Sonoma County were descendants of John Finley who lived on South River in Beverley Manor from about 1737 to 1765, while Harrison Finley of Sonoma County is a descendant of John and Thankful (Doak) Finley who lived on Middle River from the late 1730s to 1791.

Carmen J. Finley, PhD., C.G. is a retired research psychologist. Her interest in genealogy began in 1979 and she started publishing articles in 1988, her first in the NGS Quarterly. Since then she has published additional articles in the NGS Quarterly as well as in The Virginia Genealogist, the American Genealogist and Tennessee Ancestors. She is especially interested in methodology as it applies to the study of family history. She has been chairman of the NGS Family History Contest since 1990 for which she recently received the NGS Distinguished Service Award. She also received the 1998 GENTECH Applied Technology award for outstanding contributions to technological and genealogical quality.

This book is available from Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716. Toll free number: 1-800-398-7709. It is thoroughly annotated and includes over 100 photographs, illustrations and maps, 257 pages, 8.5x11, everyname index, paper, $36.50 #F354


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