A New Beginning

05 Sep bannerI have had a website at for many years. After a long dry spell of no activity (no new information posted), I have decided to revive the site with a new look and feel, and a new title to match: The O’Rear Files. Much of the information that was posted on the old website will be moved to The O’Rear Files as time permits.

The O’Rear Files is built on the wildly popular and feature-rich WordPress blogging/CMS platform. WordPress offers a tremendous amount of flexibility in designing the site, plus a built-in consistency between the various pages and posts. One key feature that adds improved usability is the built-in search box at the top of the sidebar on the right. When combined with the categories and tags that are applied to each post, finding any piece of information on the site should require only a few mouse clicks.

I hope you enjoy this new look and feel. As the site grows, I also hope you find something here that will be interesting and maybe even useful! Thank you for your patience as the site is rebuilt from the ground up.



Posted by Paul O'Rear on September 5, 2010


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  1. Denise O'Rear Thomas

    October 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Paul I personally would like to thank you for that first site. I found out where my long lost nephew was on that site. Although I found out he had passed away back in 2002 in Nevada. That site is where I found a message posted several years before by his ex-wife who was looking for me. I am your cousin. Your grandpa Horace and your Grandma Grace were my grandfathers brother and his sis-in-law. I still live in Atlanta. My family is buried across from your grandparents in Laws Chapel. My dad was Billy Roy O’Rear and my grandfather was Williard and his wife was Dora.

    • Paul O'Rear

      March 25, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      That makes me smile to know that you were able to find a family connection that you had never found before. I would love to know more about your grandfather Williard!

    • Mary

      September 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      What was your nephews first name? Maybe he was my half brother?

  2. Michael Curtis O'Rear

    January 29, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Hey Paul, I may have overlooked it, but do you have a detailed family tree? With a name as unusual as ours, it does make me curious of how, “if at all” we are related. You might know some people from my direct lineage. My parents are John and Shelly O’Rear. My grandparents are Curtis and Suzanne O’Rear and my great grandfather was named Harland O’Rear.

    • Paul O'Rear

      March 25, 2011 at 10:51 PM

      I don’t have a detailed family tree posted on here yet. I don’t recognize any of the names you mentioned. My father was Nolan Larry O’Rear. My Mom is Bettie (Bennett) O’Rear. My Dad’s parents were Horace Clinton O’Rear and Grace Mae (Collins) O’Rear. Grandpa Horace’s parents were Lee Roy O’Rear and Amazonie (Weems) O’Rear. Lee Roy’s parents were James Addison O’Rear and Adryann Sophrony Fletcher (Cook) O’Rear. That’s as far back as I have traced my O’Rear ancestry so far.

  3. Michael Curtis O'Rear

    January 29, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Oh, and it might help you to know that my direct family comes from Texas; mostly from amarillo.

  4. Elizabeth

    April 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Recently found some O’Rears on facebook that i am related too – My maternal grandmother was Mary Ruth O’Rear sister Gladys and Eunice – Brothers – Cecil, James, LD – Huntsville, Ryland, Brownsboro, Gurley areas of Alabama – thanks for this site – – can’t seem to find out much about the O’Rears figures it is Irish – but not much info

    • Chad Franklin O'Rear

      April 9, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      Hi fellow O’Rears! I just discovered this site and think its a great idea. I started doing some family research a few years ago and stumbled across another helpful site. It doesn’t have a forum but is great for finding names of past and current relatives. It traces us all back to John Orea, our common ancestor from Europe. Check it out and let us know what you find.

  5. Clarence O'Rear

    January 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I have been a O’Rear for over 70 years and enjoyed every minute of it.
    This website was forwarded to me by one of my younger brothers of which have two.
    I have lived in over six states over the last 40 years. I now live in Alabama and there are several O’Rears of use with the family name and I am not a membere of clan in this area.