Cory Researchers

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The Cory Society was founded in October 1992 when a group of Cory Researchers and keen relatives got together and a steering committee was formed, the first Annual General Meeting taking place in October 1993. Thanks to the determined research done by these founding members in the days before the Internet,  the society soon qualified for membership of the Guild of One Name Studies.

Other Cory and related enthusiasts diligently continued the research for the next twenty three years. Many new pedigree tables have been created since those created and published in the Cory Society publications, ‘The American Corys, Their Settlement and Dispersion in the United States and Canada’ and in ‘The English Corys, Their History and Distribution’ (1995) by Michael and Vernon Cory. This was followed in 1999 by ‘The Norfolk Corys, The Pedigree Tables Updated’ published by the Cory Society Archivist, Michael Robert Cory.  Pedigree tables were not included on the Cory Society website which was first created in 2002, as this information was available in those three publications.

We hope that you enjoy looking at these pages and that you find useful information to help with your own Cory research. The website contains only some of the material that has been collected and contributed over the years by our members, but there is a lot more recorded in our archives and newsletters.

 April 2015  Appeal to Members                                                  Newsletter No 66


Dissolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

On 10th March 2016, Jean Hayes, our Hon. Secretary, wrote to everyone in the 2015 Membership Directory. She asked every member to respond on a most urgent and serious matter, namely that some members of the committee wished to retire, and without others to take their place, the Cory Society in its present form could not continue. A copy of our  Standing Rules and Constitution was enclosed, drawing members’ attention to item 7.

The committee had remained the same for over 10 years and unfortunately had not had anyone new join, so with great sadness we set upon safeguarding our data and various other collections that we have gathered since the Cory Society began in 1992. The Cory Archive contains 12,897 individuals and 4144 marriages of people named Cory or Corey and those related to a Cory. The final data file of these records, without living people, will be transferred onto an external hard drive and stored with our other archives at the Society of Genealogists, London, and will be available from the end of 2016 for future family historians researching their Cory ancestors.

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We held out a hope that although the English Cory Society came to an end after summer 2016, the Cory rose would bloom again in another form and friends made through the Cory Society would meet again.

During the 2016 event, a new and informal group, the Cory Family Friends, was formed to arrange purely social meetings of past members of the Cory Society.

The Cory Family Friends will be meeting  in Harpole in 2017 as per information in the final Cory Society Newsletter, August 2016.

This website has been created so that you can read about the Corys in our archives. The links below will take you to just some of the pages on the website, if you don’t find what you are looking for here, go to the contents page. Many of the pedigree tables are posted on the website, but if you need any further help with your Cory research, please use the above email address.