About the Society
The Hadley Society has been a
formalized genealogical organization since 1922. In the beginning,
membership consisted mainly of the Quaker Hadley's who had moved from
Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio to Whittier, California. They held regular
reunions and decided to organize as a way to keep up with everyone and have
a place to store their family histories and genealogical information. The
society still has most of the original files, plus everything that has
since been added.
As time passed, Hadley's from other parts of the country joined and the
organization got larger, as did the annual reunions. In the 1970s the
Society published 3 volumes of genealogical information on the descendants
of Simon HADLEY and his first wife, Ruth Miller. These books
are no longer in print, and are naturally, outdated. (They also contained
many errors.) The Society has completed the process of scanning, and is hoping to someday
update all three volumes, with plans to combine them with pictures, put
them on a CD, and sell the CDs through our website.
With the rising popularity of genealogy on the internet, membership in the
Hadley Society has grown immensely. Most of our new members are "cyber-cousins" who have found us online. Because of the
diversity of our current membership, we are considering different locations
for the annual reunions.
The $10.00 annual dues go to cover the cost of printing and mailing the
newsletters. (And now that we have our own web site, the cost also goes to
paying the monthly server fee and annual domain name fee.) The newsletters
go out 3 times per year and contain articles of interest regarding our
ancestors, pictures, and tidbits about the members. There are no paid officers - everyone is a volunteer.
The goal of the Society continues to be to:
· promote pride in our common heritage
· assist HADLEY descendants in their research
· provide a clearinghouse for HADLEY records
· encourage and aid in the exchange of ideas, resources, and records,
that all might have the most complete and accurate record of their Family
History, with minimal duplication of effort.
Hadley Society Officers
2003 - 2005
John William Hadley, is President and Archivist
of the Hadley Society. John lives in Portland, Oregon.
Database Manager is Jean Hadley,
lives in Pittsboro, Indiana.
Linda Marie Clark is currently performing the duties of Webmaster. Linda lives in Central Illinois.