Paul O'RearWelcome to The O’Rear Files! My name is Paul O’Rear, and I am the owner and curator of this site.
I have always been proud to be an O’Rear. Through the years, there have been numerous occasions when someone would ask me, “Are you related to so-and-so O’Rear in [insert name of city here]?” Most of the time, the particular O’Rear to which they were referring was someone I had never heard of. It has always fascinated me that, as unusual as my last name is, there seem to be quite a few of us out there.

When I first started a website at, I received lots of e-mails and guestbook entries from people all over the country who share my last name. With the proliferation of “social media”, I have connected with a number of other O’Rears and Orears through “the Internets” (Facebook in particular). I have done a good bit of genealogical research through the years, and have discovered some interesting tidbits of information concerning people, places and things related to the O’Rear/Orear name. Sharing that information, and providing an outlet for others to share similar information, is the goal of this website: to be “All things O’Rear (and Orear)”.
You are invited to join the conversation and add to the collection of information. Most pages will have a “Comment” section at the bottom of the page where you can add your thoughts and contributions. There is also a Contact page that you can use to send a message or submit information.
Thanks again for visiting. I hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to look around and make yourself at home.


[Disclaimer: As the owner of this website, I maintain sole discretion as to what information is displayed here. If something is contributed that I feel is irrelevant or inappropriate, I reserve the right to delete it or to simply not post it in the first place. I will do my best to be fair and consistent in making those judgment calls. I apologize if that sounds offensive, but I felt like I needed to get that out there.]

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