Jillian is working to flesh out the biographies and sources for her extensive family tree, originally imported from Ancestry.com. Her 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.
Additionally, she has an interest in California history, especially the white migration to and settlement of Shasta County and the building of Shasta Dam. She is also working on a personal project of populating the "Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford" category.
She is a trained medieval paleographer and can assist in deciphering historical handwriting and primary source documents.
Childhood Jillian was born in Redding, CA to Steven Kern and Cinnamon Kern at Mercy Medical Center on 9 April 1993. The Kerns resided in nearby Shasta Lake, CA at the north end of Montana Ave on the family property previously owned by Jerry Kern and Janice Kern, where Steve and siblings were raised, with one brother, Dean Kern. As children, she and Dean travelled frequently with their parents and Kern grandparents, 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.
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.
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. Her longtime interest in history and heritage led to interest in genealogy research in her free time, and the rest of the time she channels that into her PhD research in medieval literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
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Jillian is 15 degrees from Johnny Cash, 20 degrees from Patsy Cline, 28 degrees from Gordon Kirkpatrick, 36 degrees from Ruby Hunter, 29 degrees from Reg Lindsay, 21 degrees from Don Messer, 29 degrees from Charley Pride, 19 degrees from Hank Williams, 17 degrees from Tammy Richie and 21 degrees from Laura DeSpain on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.