The Cost of War

Nothing makes the cost of war clear quite so much as a visual reminder like this…


Transcription: Civil War Letters of Private David Coon (1824-1864)

Transcription of the final pages of this extensive project of the Civil War Letters of Private David Coon was completed April 10, 2013.   Page 1… FOREWORD. The following letters, written by David Coon to his wife and children, are here collected, carefully copied from the originals. Many of the letters were written on such scraps of paper as were read on…

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

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 now holds one of the read on…

Merion Meeting House - erected by John Bevan.

John ap Evan (John Bevan) of Wales

  John Bevan was the 12th great grandfather to my children. He was born 1646 in Treverigg, Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales, and was one of five children of Evan ap John (1600-1665) and his wife Jane ferch Richard (born 1645).   According to “Merion in the Welsh Tract”, the Bevan “family of Treverigg was one of the most ancient in Glamorgan, read on…

Tombstone of Charles G. Blythe.

Genealogy mistakes can and will be made…

  …and I’ve made my share of genealogy mistakes.   As a beginner genealogist, over 20 years ago, I started researching our family history and my initial research was my husband’s ‘Blythe’ tree. Since our last name is Blythe, it seemed like the best place to start. The definition of the word ‘beginner’ accurately describes the state I and my research read on…

Family history for youth.

I’ve learned of more positive benefits from teens’ family history knowledge.

  One day, I logged onto my Facebook to see a link posted by Cyndi’s List to the Washington Post article by Michael Alison Chandler, “Study: Teen’s knowledge of family history a sign of social-emotional health.”   …and I couldn’t agree more.   Through my own dedicated genealogy research and experience, I have learned of the benefits from teens’ family history read on…

Eli Kirk Price Sr.

Genealogy transcription: Biography of Eli Kirk Price of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  The following is my transcription of the biography of Eli Kirk Price of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania taken from “The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Pennsylvania of the Nineteenth Century;” Galaxy Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1874; pages 109-110.] The originals and more on this individual and family are available on Blythe Genealogy.   Price, Hon. Eli Kirk, Lawyer, was born July 20th, 1797, in East read on…

Reynolds, Jim with Paul and Marshall - 1945

Genealogy and bio: Reynolds, Matthews family moves from Canada to America.

Harmond James (Jim) Reynolds (see left) was the step-father of my father-in-law, Marsh Blythe and his brother Paul, as well as father to Marsh and Paul’s half-brother William and half-sister Helen. (The original data and images on this individual and family are available on Blythe Genealogy.) It was as a result of his relationship with Louise Matthews that most of the Reynolds read on…