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Gwynn Socolich
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Coon, Darling, Dow, DeYoung, Kramer, Thayer, Stonequist, Riddell, Gates, Sankey, Graham, Hawkins
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
United States, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Cabinet Card photograph identification and matching genealogical documents with living descendants or archives. Genealogical tutoring.
Do you have a genealogy website or blog or belong to a Genealogy Society?

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Busy with ProGen Study Group Assignments

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 10:35am 0 Comments

I am working on my marketing plan for gsgenealogy and next month the business plan is due.  I took a SBDC course in developing a Business Plan but there were no sample plans for Genealogy research available from the resources they provided.  The template they provided was a useful tool to begin the marketing plan.

Artemus Ward collection online at Harvard University Scanned documents wills, letters, deeds, photo album

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 10:16am 0 Comments

I am not sure if I am related but Harvard University has an extensive collection on the family of Artemus Ward. 1724-1933.

Here is the Link:

You may want to print the "Ward family. Artemas Ward House and Ward family papers digital collection: A finding Aid" by Harvard College Library and it will give you the scope of this massive…


Ballaymeath Myth or Reality.... Londonderry, Northern Ireland Riddell Family

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 3:05pm 0 Comments

Please see my website for a detailed analysis of this place in Londonderry County, Northern Ireland in regard to the Riddell Family:
Sources included.

Coon Family

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

Notes from My Legacy file:

Name: Ephriam Coon

Parents: Henry Abel Coon and Mary Ann Silas

Life Range: 22 Feb 1794 - 29 Dec 1868


Marriage: _______________. Marana Knapp ( -1908).

1794 Feb 22 Birth: New York, Ontario County, Mendon Township, Honeoye Falls Village.

20 1814 Son born (#7): _______________. Milton Coon (1814-1904). Died in 1904.

22 1816 Son born (#8): _______________. Leander Coon (1816- ).

Unknown Spouse: _______________.… Continue

Have you cataloged your Genealogy Book, magazine and electronic resources yet?

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 2:22pm 0 Comments

This is the latest assignment for ProGen Study group. Hopefully, I will have a list by month end. I found that several of the books listed in Professional Genealogy (except three) were at my local genealogy library. Some of these I can check out and others I need to read at the library. They have an exceptional collection of Local Genealogical society publications which I can search with PERSI.

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At 9:40am on August 6, 2010, Nancy Silvernail said…
Sorry for the delay in answering. Dennis (my husband) has hit a rather big *road bump* on his lung transplant road-to-recovery. His WBC has bottomed out.
Anyway, thanks for all the info. I'll be curious to see if Coon is a variation of Kuehn. So far I only find the original Kuehn spelling and I'm finding that in Germany. Here in Minnesota, my Great-great Grandmother and Grandfather seem to be the ones who changed it to Keehn.
Ahh the joys of research!!! :)
At 2:36pm on August 4, 2010, Jim Avery said…
Hi Gwen - Its been a while since I took the Darling tombstone pictures. But to the best of my memory they were in Woodstock area of Windsor Co. and Montpelier in Washington Co. I used to work with two Darling sisters. well one was a darling and the other well.... . I will look for the pictures and let you know who there were.
At 3:47pm on July 22, 2010, Jim Avery said…
Hi Gwen - saw your post from November on the Avery group I started. Sorry that I don't keep up with it like I should. You mentioned a Coon-Avery connection. I have seen those two names together in Bradford Co PA, but don't have the first names at my finger tips. Wonder if your Averys may have roots there. I am trying to find other Averys who may have connections with the Dedham Branch.

From your profile I see you have Kramer. My 4th great grandmother was Catherine Kraemer and she lived in York Co PA with her husband Philip Wolford. Some of their descendants from Centre and Clinton Co PA ended up in Knox and Richland Cos. in Ohio.

You also listed Darling. The Vermont Historical Society has a 44 volume handwritten history of the Darling family. It is all cross indexed. I believe the Mormons may have copied it. If they haven't, they should. I also have some Darling tombstone pictures from the Woodstock area of Vermont.

Jim Avery, Dover PA
At 3:58pm on May 14, 2010, Nancy Silvernail said…
I'll be happy to watch out for those names. :)
I have Clayton Dick Herbert's obit. It's where I got what little info on him I have as far as the railroad goes. Just would love to know when he lost his leg and where. Oddly, the family didn't talk about so many things. Frustrating for we geneaologists! ;)
At 3:54pm on May 14, 2010, Nancy Silvernail said…
I just noticed your Groton and Mystic Connecticut posts. :) We lived in Groton for 21 years while my husband was in the Navy. :) We know the area well! :)

Anyway, on the Kuehns ... my line came from Germany in about 1882, starting with William C F Kuehn/Keehn and his wife Wilhemine (Minnie) Petruck. Their first four children; August, Ernstina, William C and Tillie were all born in Germany. The next two; Ernest and Frank were born in Wisconsin around Watertown. There were two other children but I haven't identified them yet. That's as far back as I have confirmed information so far. No signs that any of them were in New York or Chicago.
We do have a mystery or two with the Kuehns ...We have an Arthur Ruger born in 1888 in Wisconsin .. I think! His parents are the mystery. On his death certificate they're listed as Augusta Keehn and Luey Luning of Wisconsin. We assume he was born out of wedlock but I don't have an Augusta Keehn in our list. I think he was brought up by William C F so I'm wondering if Augusta was WIlliam's daughter? And one of the chidren I haven't confirmed? Ahh, the joys of mysteries! :)
At 5:55pm on March 25, 2010, Celeste Lucas said…
Sorry Gwynn. I don't know of any of my Gates being in the Connecticut area of the nation -- mostly Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. :)
At 4:36pm on March 24, 2010, Colleen said…
Hi Gwen,

Thanks for the good words. You might mention my other website where you can read about Mr. Smithers-Gray as well as many of the other cases I'm working on. I am sure you will be fascinated.

At 8:43pm on November 6, 2009, Jim Avery said…
Madison Co.

What about the other names I commented on?

At 1:02pm on November 6, 2009, Jim Avery said…
I also saw your note about Coon. I have a friend who was a Coon and grew up in Iowa. Her mother still lives there. There is a Congdon in Gillett PA who tioes in with my Averys there in Bradford Co PA. Also I have photographs of some Darling tombstones in Vermont. If any of that rings a bell let me know.
At 1:00pm on November 6, 2009, Jim Avery said…
Hi - I saw your Avery note. My Averys are stuck in Northern PA (Bradford Co. and Chemung and Steuben Cos. in NY Do any of the ones you are researching come thru there? There was an Abijah Avery who I think went to Wisconsin.


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