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David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by his son, Dr. William B. Coon in 1913, one for each family member. My father-in-law

Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless. All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. At one

Are free genealogy databases a thing of the past?

In almost twenty years of genealogy research, I have found a considerable amount of the sources, data and images on free genealogy databases online. They still exist in large numbers and can be very valuable. The tough part in some cases is finding them, as most sites created by amateur genealogists and website owners are

Transcription: Affidavit of Alanson and Mitty Adams

Alanson Adams and Mitty Adams

Below is my transcription of the affidavit of Alanson and Mitty Adams regarding the War of 1812 service of William B. Coon and David Coon. Written in left margin of document: Sworn to and subscribed before me and that I know affidavits to be credible to and that I am disinterested and

Now’s your chance to check out Ancestry.com’s free DNA kit.

If you’ve ever considered a subscription at Ancestry.com , now’s your chance to buy the 6 month subscription, and you’ll get a bonus of a free DNA kit valued at $99. That’s the same value as the Ancestry.com subscription, so you’re essentially getting everything at half price. My tough luck is that I’m already subscribed

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – June 5, 2014

Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions as of June 5, 2014. FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Brazil Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 Korea Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392-1910 Mexico Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 Netherlands Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1800-1952 Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province,