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 …

Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Emery maternal ancestors.

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …

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

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

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 …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 14 Nov 2014

The following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions to 14 Nov 2014.   FamilySearch.org Albania Albania, Census, 1930 Australia Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841 Canada Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760-1993 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800-1945 Czech Republic, School Registers 1799-1953 South Africa South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, …

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 [verify] that I know affidavits to be credible to [??] and that I am disinterested and [??] …

Transcription: Wedding Certificate of Joseph Ambler and Ann Williams

Wedding Certificate of Joseph Ambler and Ann Williams

The following is my transcription of the marriage certificate of Joseph Ambler and Ann Williams for their marriage of 6da 8mo 1720 in Merion Meeting House, Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania.   Joseph Ambler of the Township of Montgomery in the County of Philadelphia, Wheelright, and Ann Williams, daughter of Jno. Williams of ye Township of Meirion …

There were costs and benefits to conducting family tree research before we had the internet.

Pursuing Genealogy was never free. The family tree research costs manifested in very different ways over time. We’re so lucky today because global resources are so easy to access over the internet through sites such as familysearch.org, Ancestry.com and many others, and most sites do charge either a subscription rate or a cost per item …