The Official Website of the Surname French

Last Updated by Mara French on 5/11/09


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Today the French Family Association (FFA) is maintained by Mara French who designs, organizes, researches and writes the FFA website. The FFA wants to acknowledge and give special thanks to

Julia French Wood who maintains the DNA website and the French List of Queries

Approximately 22 chart volunteers who carefully enter French family names of one particular line, . . . . . and by

Each and everyone with source references who wants to contribute family data, whether they contribute to the French Query List or by email to Mara French.


The 1984 original staff members of the French Family Association were (with current addresses and photos):

  Roland Rhoades, Jr. (left), President of the FFA, 10 Blackberry Lane, Gorham, ME 04038-2361, 207-892-0923, email: Roland is now a Fuller Brush distributor and a genealogist for the surnames French, Rhoades, Leavitt, Morgridge, Boardway, Safford, and Stinneford, plus researches Maine Old Cemeteries. (FFA Chart #4) Photo taken in 2007.

Art Westneat, Vice President of the FFA, originator of Charts #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #9, #11, and #20. He wrote an indexing program in Turbo Basic, got it to read by lineage list, interpreted, consolidated multiple entries, and print out an index. He worked in Africa for many years and earned his PhD at Indiana University in Bloomington. Email:, phone: 703-242-0981. Art now lives in Vienna, Virginia, just outside WDC, works as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton currently assigned to the National Defense University as an associate professor. (FFA Chart #4)

Nancy French Dodge, Vice President of the FFA, 157 Creampoke Rd., Stewartstown, NH 03576-5404, 603-237-8861, email: Nancy was a librarian in South Hampton, NH before retiring to the very north of NH near the Canadian border. At first she bought several timberlots, which provided income for her, but now she loves gardening, and helping visitors with their genealogical needs. (FFA Chart #1)

Milton L. French, President Emeritus, Mara Frenchs father, deceased 21 Apr 1986 who gave me the encouragement for this project. He was a university newsletter writer and taught writing, composition, and French as a professor at Cal Poly, Pomona, California. (FFA Chart #6)

Mara French (left), Editor-in-Chief of the Frenchline, retired as a technical computer writer for online help manuals at Cadence Design Systems in Silicon Valley, now lives in the Sierra Foothills in California away from the hussle-bussle of the San Francisco Bay Area. P.O. Box 1109, Sutter Creek, CA 95685, 209-267-0649. Email: She enjoys gardening, piano, genealogy, traveling, renovating, Spanish/German, and classical cars. (FFA Chart #6) Photo taken in 2007.



Roland Rhoades and Mara French in 1994 on Maras first visit to Maine. The FFA had begun 10 years prior to this, in 1984.