Historian Katherine Blair (center) shows her excitement in discovering that Sam Rennick of Hastings, Nebraska connects with the Doane family. Also pictured is Sam’s wife Joyce Jeffries, a DFA member.Katherine K. Blair (February 1931 - March 2014), of Sterling, Virginia, served as the Doane Family Association (DFA) national historian/genealogist for several years. She was a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge regarding all branches of the Doane/Doan family, descendants of Deacon John Doane who settled in Cape Cod in the 17th century. Katherine was the clearing house for all DFA records, and had a vast archive on the family in her home. She assisted DFA members in completing their lineages, and also helped would-be members prove their connections to the larger Doane family.

The DFA genealogy committee is present at each DFA reunion in a designated reference room to aid reunion attendees in their research. If you have the name Doane, Doan, Done in your family background and think that you might be related to the New England Doanes, contact Arlene Thomposon at



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