Our 2019 Biennial Meeting
July 11-14, 2019
Sheraton, West Des Moines, Iowa
The 2019 Cory Family Society Meeting was held on July 11-14, 2019 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines,
The meeting was hosted by Joe Cory, longtime Cory Family Society member. During the biennial meeting on Sunday, we discussed
several topics. Minutes of the meeting are available.
Look for a report in the next newsletter and soon on the 2019
Maintaining redundant locations for our published databases is time consuming and unnecessary. We have decided to use
Ancestry.com Public Trees for our primary location of published genealogies and will no longer publish the databases to
Genealogies of each line will be published to Ancestry as time permits. We not
able to sync new information to the published trees every time a database is updated. New information (additions,
corrections, changes) are made almost every day. Please contact the
and he will be happy provide the latest updates.
The following seven of our ten databases have been published to seven Ancestry.com public trees.
Three additional databases, Devon Corys, Irish Corrys, and Scottish Corries are under
development and will be published in the future.
The Great Book of John Cory
John Cory was a weaver who lived on the eastern end of Long Island in the seventeenth century. Marge
Chilson, as historian of the Cory Family Society, performed a great service to John Cory’s descendants when
she published two booklets—Excerpts from the Greate Book in 1991 and Cory Correspondence in 1994. The
first booklet included photocopies of pages from a book which was passed down through generations of John
Cory’s descendants. The most interesting pages were those with handwriting. The booklet Cory
Correspondence included letters written by James Enos Cory, a descendant who researched the Greate Book in the twentieth century.
The Great Book still exists, though in delicate condition. Even in 1991, Marge noted in her Excerpts, “The book is in
very fragile condition, & it doesn’t bear handling.” Despite the risk of further damage, she and the descendants then in
possession of the book felt it was important to preserve images of some of its pages by photocopying them, and these
copies were included in Excerpts from the Great Book and Cory Correspondence.
In a new essay, The Great Book of John Cory,
Dr. David Cory, M.D. examines in detail some of the mysteries of the Great Book, and suggest solutions when possible.
Dr. Arthur Thomas Corey, died from a fall on 4 Dec 2018 at the age of 99 in Fort Collins,
Larimer, Colorado. In 1999, Art took on two duties for the Cory Family Society. The first being interim President
until 2001 when Fred Corey, one of Art's students, took over as president. The second project was coordinating DNA
research with the help of our late genealogist, Charlotte Muller, to determine the genetic relationships between
the three main Cory/Corey family lines in North America. He has been a powerful influence on all who have known
him including those who have studied and worked with him and has been a leader in his field of research. His final
goal to become a centenarian was unfulfilled; he missed by only 4 short months.
A project was undertaken by the Cory Family Society to determine the genetic relationships between Cory/Corey family
lines in North America and Britain by analyzing Y-chromosome markers. We wished to learn whether or not the progenitors:
William of Portsmouth, John of Long Island, and Thomas of Chelmsford were genetically related. Each had arrived in America
during the period 1635-1645. We also wished to learn where in Britain the progenitors lived before arriving in America,
and to what current Cory lines in Britain they might be related.
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Inquires and Corrections
The Cory Family Society welcomes inquires/corrections. When sending inquires or corrections,
please indicate which line of the family you are inquiring about.
The Cory Family Society publishes a newsletter three times a year to its members.
All past issues of the newsletters are on-line, in PDF format.
Publications and Articles
Several members of the Society have written articles or published works on their ancestors, check out the
Publications and the Articles pages.