The Finlay Family

Finding Our Ancestors, and Sharing Their Stories

About This Website

Our ancestors have left us a rich legacy to learn from: courage, compassion, faith, determination, and yes, trials, foolishness and follies. We love to learn about all of it, we love getting to know where we came from. We want to share this legacy and a love for our ancestors with our children, grandchildren, cousins, and relatives all over the world.

All of the stories here are for sharing, but please be courteous by giving credit to this website and the contributors who have spent much time and effort to compile them here.




Melissa Corn Finlay

Melissa Finlay: I was drawn to family history at an early age, and have now been searching and learning about my ancestors for 25 years. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family History-Genealogy in 2000.

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  1. Hey Melissa! I send you a facebook message, did you get it? If not, email me. :)

  2. I noticed that you downloaded the obituary of Major William C. L. Taylor of the 20th Indiana Infantry. May I ask what is your interest in Major Taylor? I am writing a book about the Kearny Medal which was issued to about 400 officers, including Major Taylor, during the Civil War. I’d be very interested in any other family information that you may have about him and I’d be happy to share what I have, including the contents of his service and pension files. Thanks.

    • Hello Bob, I was researching Major Taylor’s brother, Marsh B. Taylor, a decorated Civil War soldier in his own right. Marsh was married to Sudie Bishop, a descendant of Patrick and Sarah Donohoo, who I am also descended from. Let me get some information together and email you what I have.

    • Bob, would you kindly send an email to my email address above on this page, so I have a way to contact you outside of this comment section?

      Much appreciation,


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