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ABOUT CCFHA

Download the brochure Your Family History through the CCFHA ( PDF, 77 KB)

HISTORY OF CCFHA
Many people are interested in learning about their family histories and sharing them with others. In 1896 Hiram Corson wrote a book called The Corson Family, focused on a large family grouping in Pennsylvania that he traced from 1685. Percival Ullman added information about the same group with his 1918 monograph, The Coursens from 1612 to 1917, Compiled from Ancient and Modern Records with the Staten Island Branch.

Meanwhile, in 1909, Francis W. Woodruff had written about another large family with a different origin, The Coursens of Sussex County New Jersey, A Reprint from The Woodruffs of New Jersey.

Three Hundred Years with the Corson Families in America, published in 1939 by Orville Corson, was far more comprehensive than the earlier works. It includes seven different "Corson" lines, unrelated except for the similarities of surnames. This work, in two volumes, still available in reprint, is considered the starting point for most Corson research, although a number of omissions and errors have been discovered.

A Corson Family Association appeared by 1916, but it has long since vanished. In 1981 a small group started working together to further their common Corson genealogy. A few years later, in 1987, a father-son team named Colson, related to one Corson origin, joined the original group. Later that year they organized and chartered the Corson / Colson Family History Association (CCFHA) as a not-for-profit corporation. Today the organization has nearly 100 participants, more than 70% of them currently active in family research.

In recent years, electronic communications have played a major role in CCFHA activities. They are coupled with projects to organize the wealth of materials in CCFHA and member files into a comprehensive database for research and publication. The project includes further historical research and gathering of new information about current generations.

PURPOSES OF THE ASSOCIATION

  • To encourage and carry out genealogical and historical research on the CORSON and COLSON surname and their allied families.
  • To bring families together into reunions and other gatherings which serve to enhance relationships among CORSONS, COLSONS, and their allied families.
  • To educate and promote the meaning and appreciation of the CORSON and COLSON roles and contributions to their historical and cultural heritage.
CCFHA wishes to contact all persons who are researching these lines whether they are interested in membership or not.  We want to share in the exchange of genealogical information, and help you to establish contacts with others interested in the same lines. 

CONTACTS

The Officers
President Dr. Michael Corson misccorson-AT-yahoo.com
Vice President Mrs. Cathy Taber harpertaber74-AT-netscape.net
Secretary Mr. Jeffrey Owens owensj-AT-epix.net
Treasurer Mrs. Iverne C. Rinehart i.corson-rinehart-AT-hotmail.com
Regional VP, Major Divisions Mr. Bill DeCoursey decoursey-AT-earthlink.net
Regional VP, Minor Divisions Mr. Gale C. Corson galechap-AT-aol.com
Newsletter (Corson Cousins) Editor Mrs. Cathy Taber harpertaber74-AT-netscape.net

(To contact officers by e-mail, replace "-AT-" with "@".)

The CCFHA is a not-for-profit organization chartered under the laws of Virginia.  The IRS recognizes CCFHA as a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization.  Contributions to the CCFHA do not qualify as deductions for income tax purposes.

The principal contact regarding legal matters is:
c/o Iverne C. Rinehart, 2300 Cedarfield Parkway, #3831, Richmond, VA 23233, USA


Site maintained by  Michael Corson (CCFHA Member M-297). Please report any errors, comments, or suggestions to

The CCFHA web site originally created by Jeff Owens (CCFHA Member M-260).

This page updated 11 Nov 2012

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