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History of the Barney Family

The Barney Family Historical Association is a non-profit family history society dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of the Barney Family throughout the world. Most researchers agree that the name BARNEY came from the small town of Berney (pronounced "Barney," and usually spelled Barney today) in Norfolk Co., England. Many have said the name is Norman, possibly derived from the norse BJARNE, meaning "Bear".

The Barney Family Historical Association, founded by William C. Barney in 1979, now has over 400 members, mostly in the United States and Canada, but also in Mexico, Colombia, Australia and England. In 1990, the association published the authoritative reference of Barney history and genealogy, the Genealogy of the Barney Family in America.

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Like all American families, the history of the Barney family has many gaps that are still awaiting discovery. If you are a Barney descendant, or are interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the Barney family, please browse our web site.

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