Jillian Kern
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Jillian Kern

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Jillian L. Kern
Born 1990s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (1960s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1960s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of
[children unknown]
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Jillian Kern has German Roots.
Jillian Kern has French origins.

Research Interests

I'm working to flesh out the biographies and sources for my extensive family tree, originally imported from Ancestry.com. My primary focus is determining the degree to which sources exist for "mythological" Ancestry.com and FindAGrave ancestors and providing DNA verification for more recent ancestral connections.

Lately, the Relationship Finder has me on a kick of getting all of my friends and their trees entered into WikiTree (with their consent and involvement, of course!) so I can find out if we're related, especially since I'm back in North Carolina (where my family has lived (and interbred, yikes) in the Fayetteville region for about 400 years). My closest friend discovery so far is a 6th cousin once removed! :)

Additionally, I have an interest in California history, especially the migration to and colonial settlement of Shasta County, the displacement of the indigenous peoples of the region, and the building of Shasta Dam. I am also working on a personal project of populating the "Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford" category.

I am a trained medieval paleographer and can assist in deciphering historical handwriting and primary source documents. I’m also in the process of a PhD in medieval literature with a current focus on the south Welsh marcher families and may provide research information on relevant Wikitree profiles from time-to-time.


Childhood Jillian was born in Redding, CA to Steven Kern and Cinnamon Kern at Mercy Medical Center. The Kerns resided in nearby Shasta Lake, CA near the railroad tracks on the family property previously owned by Jerry Kern and Janice Kern and Janice's Fogal parents before them, where Steve and siblings were raised. As children, she and her younger brother Dean Kern travelled during summers with their parents and Kern grandparents (who were also their next-door neighbors), often vacationing in the Nevada/Oregon/Wyoming desert region and rockhounding. They were close playmates with their Luzier cousins who attended all family holiday events and moved to the same street as Janice/Jerry and Steve/Cinnamon in the early 2000s, as well as their Hammons cousins, raised one street over by maternal grandmother "Gramalf" Alfie McCoskey and "Murpa," Marion McCoskey, their beloved step-grandfather.


Jillian attended Toyon Elementary School, Shasta Lake Middle School, Central Valley High School, and Shasta College, before moving to Davis, CA and attending the University of California, Davis while studying English and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She graduated in 2014 with honors in MEMS and highest honors in English. She attended Oxford University 2016-17 to receive her Master's degree in medieval literature. She has been enrolled as a PhD student in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill department of English and Comparative Literature since 2019, where she enjoys her research into medieval literature but values above all else her opportunity to teach college students, a lifelong dream.


Jillian is currently engaged to her fiancé Mark Poeschel; the two met as co-workers and eventual friends while Jillian was employed with John Muir Charter School in an adult education partnership with the Redding chapter of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), and Mark was working for the Redding CCC in fleet maintenance and management. The two formally entered into a (long-distance) relationship in winter 2016 and Mark proposed in March 2019 during a muddy hike in Keswick, California.


Previous employment in education and public health fields (drug and alcohol awareness). Hobbies and sometime employment as a portrait and wedding photographer, writer/ghostwriter, activist, and numismatist. Jillian has ADHD, finally formally diagnosed in 2021, and accordingly cycles through a large number of hobbies, mostly creative or inquisitive in nature. In her free time, she observes, photographs, and catalogues nature via iNaturalist, with more than 2,200 distinct species seen to-date and practices calligraphy, nature photography, and watercolors. Her longtime interest in history and heritage leads to WikiTree during time off, and the rest of the time she channels that into her PhD research in medieval literature at work/school. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC, USA, and occasionally drives down to Fayetteville to stare at the alarming number of people in the graveyard of United Methodist Church in Eastover who are also on her family tree.


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  • Maternal relationship with Cinnamon Kern confirmed by Ancestry DNA tests with 3,458 CM shared across 62 DNA segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Jillian Kern and Janet Johnson, second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: 2nd Cousins based on sharing 205 centimorgans shared across 10 DNA segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

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Your John Waldrop - Waldrop-1960 - is the same man as my John Waldrop - Waldrop-556.

They should be merged.

posted by Howard Waldrop
Hi again,

I sent you a message a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the Germany Project and have not yet heard back from you. I hope you are well!

If I don’t hear back from you by the end of April, I will assume you no longer wish to be a member of the Germany Project and I’ll go ahead and remove you from our member roster. You are, of course, welcome to rejoin at any time via our G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Traci, Sorry if I'm duplicating message or comment to you (scatterbrained, know it's been over a year) but just wanted to note that removal is fine and understood! Too much of my energy and focus is going to grad school obligations right now to be a reliable project member, though I hope to return in the future. Cheers!
posted by Jillian Kern

The Germany Project Leaders are doing their semi-annual check-in with all project members and we want to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the Project. Please respond by private message and let me know.

REMINDERS: (1) We use Google Groups for project collaboration and you aren’t yet a member of the group, please submit a join request here (make sure to add your name/WikiTree ID to the request). (2) I see you've added German_Roots (our old project name) to your G2G tags, you should also add GERMANY to your followed G2G tags so you don't miss any discussions in G2G (see: Help:Tags#How_to_follow_tags Help:Tags).

Are you currently working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? If not, take a look at our main Project page for a full list. We recently launched a new Profile Improvement Team and are seeking new team members. Let me know if you’re interested.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen

On behalf of the Germany Project, I am currently undergoing our member check-in's and wanted to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? We have many new teams so have a look on the Germany project page for the full list. I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google groups for project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup, please submit a join request and we will get that approved as quickly as possible. We also ask that you check your followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (GERMANY) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hardwork. If you have any questions please ask. I would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project!

Please respond by private message. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Kylie ~ Germany Project Leader

posted by Kylie Haese
Hello Jillian, the England Project has changed the way that "Category:England Project" is used. Previously it identified England Project Members, now it is a category for the England Project Free Space Pages and admin pages.

I would therefore be very grateful if you would remove "Category:England Project" from your personal profile. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

Many thanks, Jo, England Project Leader

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Thanks for the heads up - done!
posted by Jillian Kern
Hi Jillian,

I've not heard back from your regarding the England Project check-in. I've sent two messages to you previously. I hope you are ok.

One of the requirements for England Project membership is that you respond to the check-ins. Requirements can be found on the England Project page. I've gone ahead and removed you from the project. We are sorry to see you go but you would be most welcome to rejoin via the G2G sign up post at any time.

Best wishes,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Thanks, Susie. I'm afraid I'm too busy with grad school right now to commit the needed time and attention to WikiTree projects. I hope to return sometime in the future. Thanks for your leadership.
posted by Jillian Kern
Hi Jillian,

I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.

One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.

If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Jillian,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Categories. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current team and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Jillian,

Celebrate Family History Month: Source-a-Thon October 4-7 - register NOW, remember to request our team SouthWest Sunshiners! https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/900156/have-you-registered-for-the-2019-source-a-thon-yet


posted by Russ Gunther KT CH
Glad to know Johnny was popular at the pay site. This 5th great grandfather profile was 'donated' by a cousin who had the directions to the grave in it. He did the bio, if memory serves.

Your medieval study is impressive. Studied English/British history over the last few years. It seems my decadent ancestors worshipped rocks and themselves, basically.


posted by Anonymous Stringfellow
Hi Jillian, I think I got Marie Louise Chevrefils straightened out. I left a comment on her profile.
posted by Paul Chisarik
Hi Jillian,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Jillian,

We are retiring the "french_roots" G2G tag, so you will want to change it to "france". Please check this out: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/846021/french-roots-becomes-the-france-project



I see that you have a 5.4 cM segment in common with my mother BY3843687 (100 yrs old yesterday). Isn't that better than 8C? Tim

posted by Tim Prince
Hi Jillian,

Congratulations on being Pre-1700 certified!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, coordination is essential. Thanks for joining the UNITED_KINGDOM and GERMAN_ROOTS Projects.

Butch ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Butch Smith