Dorothy (Cook) Coakley
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Dorothy Jean (Cook) Coakley (1944 - 2018)

Dorothy Jean Coakley formerly Cook
Born in Alameda County, Californiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private sister (1940s - unknown)], and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
Wife of [private husband (1940s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of , , [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
Died at age 73 in El Cerrito, Contra Costa, California, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 17 Apr 2015
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Dorothy (Cook) Coakley was a wonderful member of our WikiTree community who has passed away. Dorothy (Cook) Coakley made many contributions and will be missed.
Descendant of PGM migrant James Bailey.


In Dorothy's words:

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 respect after retirement.

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 in law 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 with a second one in progress... not to mention 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."

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To the family of Dorothy I was just about to send her some information she had asked me about and I regrettably see that she has passed. I enjoyed the exchanges we had concerning genealogy and I would like you to know she will be missed by many including myself. God's speed to her, and prayers of comfort to you all.


posted 12 Oct 2018 by Ben Cook   [thank Ben]
do have Johann Valentine's parents as George Jacob (1760-1837) and Elisabetha Margaretha Schneider (1765-1820). I have a marriage date of Feb 14 1786 and a marriage place of Guntersblum, Kr.Oppenheim, Hessen, Germany.
posted 14 May 2018 by Dorothy (Cook) Coakley   [thank Dorothy]
Son  ;

Paternal Haplogroup G-L497

(relevant info from table?)

Cook G2a3b1a2 Sub13 L140 32.2 45283

Lincoln G2a3b1a2 Sub3 L140

posted 19 Jul 2017 by Dorothy (Cook) Coakley   [thank Dorothy]
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9th cousin, Thank you for your contributions. R.I.P.
posted by Karen Jones
We miss you, Dorothy!
posted by Maggie N.
Dear family of Dorothy,

I am so sorry to hear Dorothy left and we re sad she left us too. She was a great add here. A wonderful person and helper. She will be missed here as well.

Wishing you all, especially near family and friends, al lot of strenght in these hard days. I only can hope you find strenght in good memories you have made. My thoughts are with you.

R.I.P. Dorothy. It was a pleasure to meet you here.


Dorothy Coakley passed away on June 24, 2018.
posted by Rohana (Bennett) Meade
Hi Dorothy,

I’m Steven, coordinator of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team.

Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project.

Thanks, Steven

posted by Steven Harris
Hi Cousin Dorothy,

I just wanted to say hello! And to share that we are 23rd cousins (once removed). Our common ancestor is Fernando Alfonsez (Castilla) de Castilla. King of Spain. He is your 22nd g-grandfather and my 23rd.

I don't know if you are aware that we also share 38 more ancestors before him, up to 30 generations who are monarchs and nobles of France, Spain, England, Germany, Portugal, etc.

Beyond that, the older ancestral trail gets even more interesting to explore!

Did you know that because your roots were in the Monarchy of Europe, your ancestors represent many different countries? There are ancestors in your family tree, who you'd be astonished to discover!

Just wanted to share this information, and to say Hi. Isn't Wikitree Fun!

posted by John Cruz
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posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Hello Dorothy

Thank you for adding the Magna Carta tag to your profile and following Magna Carta posts in G2G, We appreciate your interest in Magna Carta heritage and genealogy, You are probably aware that there is a Magna Carta Project in Wikitree ? The purpose of this project is to develop and maintain Magna Carta related profiles, identify and develop relationship trails from recognized Gateway Ancestors to their Magna Carta Surety Baron ancestor, and perform other important tasks, such as profile improvement, error correction and doing quality reviews of existing trails and profiles.

I am guessing that you may have found a potential direct relationship trail to a Magna Carta Baron, or perhaps you just enjoy the challenge of researching and proving Pre-1700 and Pre-1500 profiles ? This field of research can present its own challenges, but it is very rewarding to those who take up the challenge.

If you think you might enjoy the Magna Carta Project, you can join the project at one of two levels; Full Membership or Affiliate Membership. At either level you choose, we would welcome your participation and collaboration. For more information please see :

If you have a question or comment in regards to this message or would like additional information please contact David Douglas, Co-Leader, Project Coordinator (Membership)

posted by David Douglass
Actually we are 6th cousins. I ran the relationship calculator to see what it said, it shows none. YET. It says there is one but the person isn't on WIKITREE yet. But they all are listed.

See what you think and let me know.

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
I believe you and I are 9th cousins, or something like that.

The Taliferro surname explains the 1% Italian that came up on my DNA results! When I saw the Italian I was stumped, because I didn't think that was possible from what I already knew of my heritage. When I found the connection, of course, then it made sense.

So, hi cousin Dorothy!

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Hi Neighbor, Did a walk of the front middle section of the Cemetery and this is the only Mrs. headstone that I spotted - is this the one you were referring to?

Going to do some research for her, as there seem to be some errors with this FAG memorial, that don't make sense. A random act of genealogy, to get her properly recognized on WikiTree and FAG.

posted by Patricia Roche

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