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Bill Neff (#47306870)
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Bio Photo Neff Family Historian and Co-Editor of "NEFF NEWS" published by the Neff Family Historical Society, Inc. from 1991 to 1997. Author: NEFF-NÄF FAMILY printed by Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ 1991. [B] Family Line of Neffs from Lancaster Co., PA, Manor Twp. and their descendants. Trustee of the NEFF CEMETERY in Huntingdon Co., PA, Petersburg and the NEFF - HERSHEY Cemetery in Lancaster Co., PA, Manor Twp.

Researching Neff and related families since 1980. Focus has been on pre-1800 primary family records found in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio. European research includes Mennonite communities in the Rhine region of Germany and Swiss records found at the Zürich Archives.

In 2003 the Neff Family Historical Society funded a grant to James Madison University to resurvey the Neff-Kagey Cemetery outside of New Market, Shenandoah Co., VA. This involved clearing the entire site, mapping each memorial using CAD and with GPS locations. Each grave marker, including fieldstones, were transcribed and photographed. This information has been compared against indexes made in the 1890's and 1929. It became quite clear that between these dates, some of the original stones had been moved to the Cedar Grove cemetery nearby. Depressions in the ground indicated some internments were relocated and some were not. We hope to complete the update of this cemetery by the summer of 2013 with links to descendants in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana.

Our research team is also working on detailed updates to NEFF, NAFF and NAVE memorials of men who served in the War Between the States both on the North and Southern sides.

Group Administrator for the NEFF NÄF NAEF NAFF NAVE Y-DNA project with "Family Tree DNA" of Houston, Texas. In 2005, The Neff Family Historical Society, Inc. began a Surname research project based on Y-chromosome DNA testing. The Neff surname lines under study are those who immigrated from Switzerland and Germany to North America from the early 1600's to the mid-1800's. The original surname spelling is generally found as NÄF which translates from the German-Swiss work for "one who lives by the lake. Common variation found in America are NAEF, NAFF, NEFF and NAVE. There are currently over 90 posted results. Project may be view at the website link below: For additional information, email us at the contact address shown.

Trustee of the NEFF CEMETERY in Hundingdon Co., PA near Petersburg and a member of the Neff and related families research team working on and updating Find-a-Grave records of these families.
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Greetings and thank you for the info you submitted! Will you please send your source for her locations of birth and death, so I may note them? I will then make the edits. Thank you! : )
Added by HJ on May 25, 2016 2:27 PM
Gene Hartman
RE: Hershey-Hiestand edits
They are in my family tree...
Added by Gene Hartman on Jan 06, 2016 11:50 AM
Bill Daugherty
Alice E. Neff
Hi Bill,

Your math teacher Alice would be my 6th cousin, twice removed. Not that I ever met her or the family.

Bill D.
Added by Bill Daugherty on Feb 17, 2015 12:33 AM
Bill Daugherty
RE: Neff, Henry S.
Hi Bill,

Yes. I'm related to this Neff family. I would be related to any descendant of Hans Herr.

Bill D.
Added by Bill Daugherty on Feb 16, 2015 4:55 PM
Bill Daugherty
John and Catherine Snyder
Hi Bill,

I added their death certificate information to their bio's.

John Snyder (59366076)
Catherine "Jane" McGuire Snyder (59366085)

Bill D.
Added by Bill Daugherty on Jan 02, 2015 5:01 AM
William Barclay #77325997
First I'd like to ask if I may use your photo of William and grave photo on my tree in

I am related to William through marriage of his sister Elizabeth to Ora Raffensperger, who is my great grand uncle.

Second, I am seeing a different birth date for William. His military draft cards for both WWI and WWII have Sept 9, 1886 and his grave does show 1886, The memorial has Mar 12, 1885. However, the military records do show Reeds Gap.

Added by Brenda on Dec 27, 2014 10:56 AM
Lisa R. Garrett
RE: Charles E. Neff Memorial 88903457
You're welcome. I didn't find a death certificate for him either. Rather disappointing! I did find a death certificate for Jennie Neff Weirick. It names her mother as Sarah Harlan. Informant was Lot H. Neff, her step-brother and undertaker in charge of her funeral arrangements. I'll email you a write-up I did on this family.

Added by Lisa R. Garrett on Dec 05, 2014 5:15 AM
RE: Neff in Livingston Co.., NY
You're welcome.
Added by nmbo on Nov 08, 2014 9:09 PM
Virginia D
RE: Burnham W. King and wife Annie Neff King
What a wealth of information! Continued success in tracing the Neff family members. Your research thus far is very comprehensive.

Added by Virginia D on Jul 18, 2014 12:09 PM
Linda Huffman Powell
Ann Neff
I've made the corrections you've suggested for her memorial. Thanks for the additional information.

God bless you,

Linda Powell
Lancaster, Ohio
Added by Linda Huffman Powell on Jan 18, 2014 9:00 AM
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