The documents, all in transcribed form and many with copies of the original documents, include deeds, court records, tax and
census records, marriage and other vital records, as well as some extensive probate records, and abstracts taken from standard
sources, both primary and secondary. It also includes correspondence, some GEDCOMs, photographic family albums, and other
documents used in the analysis of problems found in tracing family members. In addition there are reprints of published research
by Carmen J. Finley found in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Virginia Genealogist, the American Genealogist,
Tennessee Ancestors, National Genealogical Society Computer Interest Group Digest, and Finley Findings, International. About
80% of this material is available online and all material is available in hard copy form.
Carmen J. Finley, PhD., C.G., is a retired research psychologist. Her interest in genealogy began in 1979 and she started
publishing articles in 1988, her first being in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Since then she has published
additional articles in the NGS Quarterly as well as in The Virginia Genealogist, the American Genealogist and Tennessee Ancestors.
She is the author of The Finleys of Early Sonoma County, California, published by Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, in
She has been chairman of the NGS Family History Contest since 1990, for which she received the NGS Distinguished Service Award.
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary
Collection is open for research by appointment.