Dorothy Jean (Cook) Coakley

Dorothy (Cook) Coakley

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Dorothy J. Coakley formerly Cook
Born 1940s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private sister (1940s - unknown)], and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of , [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
Account confirmed 10 Jun 2015 | Dorothy's 11175 contributions | 735 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 17 Apr 2015 | Last significant change: 18 Feb 2018
23:22: Paula J posted a message on the page for Dorothy (Cook) Coakley. [Thank Paula for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Wiki Genealogist US Civil War Project Member Military and War Project Member January 2018 Club 100 December 2017 Club 100 November 2017 Club 100 Mentor October 2017 Club 100 Arborist Connector Source-a-Thon 2017 Participant US History Project Member September 2017 Club 100 July 2017 Club 100 May 2017 Club 100 April 2017 Club 100 March 2017 Club 100 February 2017 Club 100 January 2017 Club 100 December 2016 Club 100
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I'm a retired public librarian from San Francisco Public Library who was hired immediately after finishing an MLIS at UCBerkeley in 1986. (I had thought to be a law librarian and have always been grateful that fate and a recruiter intervened.) Public librarians have the best job in the world…people, books, research, and a nice retirement package.

Along the way, with a very supportive and extensive family, I've acquired a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University in Political Science and an LLB from Lincoln University. My research focus has been upon political theory as well as American history.

I have five children, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a Irish/Bostonian spouse. More about them later...

Much of my family tree has been well documented, but some areas contain completely mysterious gaps. Looking forward to closing some of them.

Adventure is out there! 73 years and counting...


  • First-hand information. Entered by Dorothy Cook at registration.
  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 November 2014), Dorothy Jean Cook, 23 Dec 1944; citing Alameda, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  • Oh, by the way, should you look for my place of death, a good place to start is at the Columbarium near Northbrae Community Church, Solano and The Alameda, Berkeley, California in the "Librarian's Corner." (Date to be determined) This may not be the place of death but it will be the final resting place of any mortal remains- "God willing and the Creek don't rise."

Digital Afterlife Instructions

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Dorothy is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Currently working primarily upon duplicates made for profiles in the United States.
Our Baileys arrived in Rowley, Massachusetts.
Committed to connecting.
Pascal Cook who was born in KY (1812) , lived in Warrensburg, Missouri. Mystery of parents solved w/ DNA and written will.
An emerging field of study with many implications for geneologists.
Family from Scotland but with three generations of family on American soil, please note the spelling which remains the original
Yes, we are related to the folks who began the storied Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas See Menger-60. Remember the Alamo!
Resuming formal duties, happy to help if possible.
Always willing to help research a famous person in any category of Notables.
Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Carried back to early New England and England, the Taliaferro family may be MedIterranean in origin and thus be a source as a carrier of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I have begun a one-name study.
I am now working upon this part of my grandfather's family.
My family has served on the Southern and Union sides of the war, some of us currently live in the south and some in the north although we are no longer divided in our desire for universal freedom.

DNA Tested
Dorothy Coakley's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Dorothy or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Dorothy:

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On 18 Feb 2018 at 04:22 GMT Paula J wrote:

Absolutely adorable photo!!!

On 18 Feb 2018 at 04:22 GMT Paula J wrote:

Welcome to the Military and War Project and the Civil War subproject! Please join both google groups. You can read about how to do this on the project pages.

On 16 Jan 2018 at 20:13 GMT NM Nash wrote:

Thank you Dorothy for recommending the merge of Marion Mary Polk. I am just starting my tree so I am very excited and hopeful that this will happen. I have recently requested another merge on Victoria Susalla and Leon Klijewski, also hoping that will be merged to mine and the Wikitree. Again, thank you for your attention and forwarding a message to the original poster of Marion Mary Susalla

On 14 Jan 2018 at 03:46 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:

I hope you are doing well Dorothy and come back to us soon.

Emma :-)

On 1 Jan 2018 at 23:14 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 27 Dec 2017 at 02:32 GMT Eric Andersen-Vie wrote:

Dorothy, How do we get duplicates to merge? Angeline McWhorter 856/472/79 are all the same person. This name belongs in my wife's ancestry so I can't make a 4th one, but which one can I use without the other two? Please let me know what to do. It is difficult to request the merge of 3?

Thank you, Eric Andersen-Vie

On 21 Dec 2017 at 16:59 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:

Hello, just a word (late) to congratulate you on the contributions you made during the month of November. Whatever the quantity, they are all important.

Your work is appreciated.


Guy Constantineau

On 22 Nov 2017 at 21:22 GMT Shirley Davis wrote:

Thank you so much Dorothy for your comment on my Canton Asylum for Insane Indians.

On 19 Nov 2017 at 17:15 GMT Jacqueli Finley wrote:

Hello cousin!

Dorothy (Cook) Cook-Coakley and Jacqueli Finley are both descendants of Francis Thornton I.

1. Dorothy is the daughter of David Lewis Cook [confident] 2. David is the son of Lewis Thornton Cook [confident] 3. Lewis is the son of George Addison Cook [confident] 4. George is the son of Nancy Lewis (Thornton) Cook [unknown confidence] 5. Nancy is the daughter of George Thornton Jr. [unknown confidence] 6. George is the son of George Thornton Sr. [unknown confidence] 7. George is the son of Anthony Thornton II [unknown confidence] 8. Anthony is the son of Anthony Thornton I [unknown confidence] 9. Anthony is the son of Francis Thornton I [unknown confidence] This makes Francis the seventh great grandfather of Dorothy.

1. Jacqueli is the daughter of Jack Finley DNA confirmed 2. Jack is the son of Orbrie Finley [confident] 3. Orbrie is the son of Harvey Finley [confident] 4. Harvey is the son of Ruffus Finley [confident] 5. Ruffus is the son of Bluford Finley [confident] 6. Bluford is the son of George Finley [unknown confidence] 7. George is the son of Mary (Gaines) Finley [confident] 8. Polly is the daughter of Ann Sarah (Strother) Gaines [confident] 9. Anna is the daughter of Francis Thorton Strother [unknown confidence] 10. Francis is the son of Margaret (Thornton) Strother [unknown confidence] 11. Margaret is the daughter of Francis Thornton I [unknown confidence] This makes Francis the ninth great grandfather of Jacqueli.

On 29 Oct 2017 at 03:39 GMT Charlotte Shockey wrote:

I see you added the DNA tag to your profile. Here are a few links & tips to help you along in the journey of WikiTree and DNA.

It's not hard to add DNA test information to profiles on WikiTree, just make sure you add the tests to the actual test participant's profile & set the Privacy to ‘Private w/ Public Biography & Family Tree’ to show the tester's part of our tree. For help see  How to DNA on WikiTree

Here's a great YouTube video with all sorts of questions answered Getting Started with DNA.


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