Friend Family News

FFAA's Newest Books

Announcing six new books in our Friend Family Series of Books!

Lavina Susan Savage, Daughter of Karrenhappuck Friend of Garrett Co., MD

Karrenhappuck Friend and John Robinson Savage, Jr. of Sang Run, MD Book II

John Friend Jr. of “Friend’s Delight,” Sang Run, MD, Book II,
2nd Edition

Samuel Ward Friend and Sarah A. Friend of Garrett County, MD, Book I

John Friend Jr. of “Friend’s Delight,” Sang Run, MD, Book I, (2nd Edition)

Karrenhappuck Friend and John Robinson Savage of Sang Run, MD


The Friend Family Association is pleased to announce special savings on the following bundled printed books an books on CD in the Friend Family Series of Books!

Elizabeth Friend & William Lawrence and Their Descendants of Randolph County, VA (WV)
Part 1 and Part 2

Ann Currence & Peter Conrad and Their Descendants of Randolph County, VA (WV)
Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Andrew Pendleton Friend & Elizabeth Harris and Their Descendants of Braxton County VA (WV)
Part 1 and Part 2

John Henry Friend, Savilla M. Savage and Their Descendants
Book I and Book 2

John Friend Sr. of Friendsville, MD
(1st and 2nd editions)

Freeman L. Friend, Rebecca Jane Small (Smalley, Smawley) of Harrison Co., MO
Book I and Book 2

Jonathan Friend of Elder Hill, Son of Gabriel Friend
Book 1 Book 2 and Book 3

Mary Davisson Friend, William D. Arthur (Arters) and Their Descendants of Webster County, WV
Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4

Josiah Green Friend of Swanton, MD
Book 1 & Book 2

Susannah Friend-House, Daughter of John Friend Sr.
Book 1 and Book 2

Donations Accepted

The Friend Family Association of America Museum – Library (operating expenses), and websites are run entirely on annual membership dues and generous donations from our members, visitors, and the community. The staff of the Friend Family Association of America are all volunteers.

We are happy to receive any amount for a donation and are appreciative of any amounts we receive. If you would like to donate to the Friend Family Association of America (a non-profit organization) we offer two methods. We are able to accept a donation through PayPal. Also we have a mail-in form to mail the donation to our National Headquarters.

Please click on this link to go to our donation page:

Donation Page

Thank you !

Note: Your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Welcome Friends!

Welcome to the Friend Family Association of America website!

Our organization was started 40 years ago by Colonel Lester Friend with the purpose to collect, record, preserve, and share the historical and genealogical history of all family groups and to strengthen family relationships, and to deepen appreciation for those who came before us and the values they cherished.

We do this by:

  • Promoting historical and genealogical research.
  • Providing a strong and purposeful organization to be a resource for the local school system, libraries, interested students and historians and the general public.
  • Providing a National Heritage Museum as an educational institution.
  • Creating an educational environment to make the public aware of their lines of descent from those patriots who came to the American shores in search of freedom and a better way of life.

The Friend Family Association of America is now an international organization, with memberships in Europe and Canada, as well as the United States.

The headquarters building is located in Friendsville, Maryland, which houses the museum and library. Although the library is a non-lending library, research information may be requested for many lines including but not limited to the FRIEND family..

Through the years, as our files have grown, we have added information for many other associate lines, some of which are; Bittinger, Brant, Broadwater, Browning, Casteel, Coddington, Custer, Cummingham, DeWitt, Enlow, Fearer, Fike, Forsythe, Frantz, Frazee, Garletts, Glotfelty, Green(e), Harvey, Hoye, Riley, Savage, Sines, Sisler, Ward and Wilt, plus many more too numerous to list. As time reveals our ancestral lines we discover even more associate family names. It has also become apparent that there are several lines of Friends, coming from Sweden, England and Germany.

It is hoped that you too will share your genealogical research with the association in order to assist others with their research; find new links to your own family line, and to help preserve the records of those who have gone before us. Information may be submitted by CD, pedigree or family group charts.

Having a connection to the FRIEND line is not a requirement for submitting, requesting information, or for becoming a member of the FFAA. The association is open to all. Become a member today and receive our quarterly newsletter, The Friendship News.

If you have questions regarding this site or would like further membership information, please contact Patty Thompson. (Patty’s E-mail)

If you are in the area of Friendsville , Maryland , we invite you to stop by, visit the Friend Museum , the Friend Store, and take a stroll along the river nearby.

Friend Family Series of Books

The Friend Family Association of America is proud to announce over 40 new books that are only available through our organization!

Covering a large number of Friend Family members as well as associated families, these books are for sale in our store.

In the column on the left is a listing of the newest books in our Friend Family Series of Book. The complete listing is found in our on-line store.

All orders will be sent by first class mail, as soon as possible, barring inclement weather. Due to weather conditions at our headquarters during the winter months, our volunteer staff will ship orders twice a month.

For additional information, use the navigation bar at the top of this page or by clicking here:

Friend Family Association Membership

The Friend Family Association of America is an international organization with its membership connected to the Friend Family.

We offer two memberships, yearly ($25.00) and lifetime ($250.00).

For additional information, use the navigation bar at the top of this page or by clicking here: Membership

Gathering of Friends

Every other Year the Friend Family Association of America holds a Gathering of our organization and members to research our genealogy, hold seminars, and to elect our Board of Directors positions that are due to expire.

The location of our 2018 Gathering will be announced in our newsletter, FaceBook page and here on our website.

For additional information, use the navigation bar at the top of this page or by clicking here: Gathering


The Friend Family of America uses Spokt™  for our members to share photos, documents, videos and news that would be of interest to other members.

Our membership to Spoke began shortly after MyFamily announced that it was being retired in September 2014.

All information that was on MyFamily has been saved and is starting to be placed on Spokt.

Spokt is by invitation only, so if you are interested in joining Spokt™, please contact Jeff Custer at (Jeff’s Email) or Patty Thompson at (Patty’s Email).

We look forward to seeing you on Spokt™.

Garrett County Tour

While visiting our National Headquarters and Museum, plan to stay a few days longer and enjoy the attractions and beauty of Garrett County, Maryland, seen in the video below.


Hope you enjoy this drone video of Friendsville, Maryland! The sound is a little off so you might want to turn it down a bit first. Be sure to check back for additional videos of interest.