Genealogy is a powerful tool for self-reflection. We are all survivors of an incredibly turbulent, yet exciting past. Our ancestors brought us here, thus we have a responsibility to honor their journeys, and to make our own worth remembering.
My father gave me my first look into his/our family history with a Pocock Family Tree that had been created by a cousin on one of the branches of a rather large tree. (A copy is posted on his profile).
I was teaching in a computer lab at a Jewish Community Center when Ancestry.com came into being and the Center bought a subscription. It was deeply meaningful for many of the center's members to trace their ancestry, and so I came to know the application rather well. I began to do my own searches and have built both family trees.
Around 2017, I found WikiTree. I had tried to create a profile on Wikipedia but was very intimidated by it, so I thought it would be the same. However, in 2018 I dove in and have been slowly working on transfering and building my tree here. I love the collaborative opportunities and the "one tree" concept. I also appreciate being able to write each person's sourced story.
Father's side: Pocock, Bailey, Bean, Bayne, Bruce, Skellenger, Smith
Mother's side: Lobbin/Lobban, Fitzgerald, O'Brien, Shortell (Lots of dead ends on this tree).
I was born in 1956 to two theater people, A.J. Pocock and Peggy Lobbin. I was raised in New York City, attended a bilingual elementary school through 8th grade. I graduated from high school in 1974 and went to study at Ithaca College. I spent one year abroad in London, UK and graduated in 1978.
I eventually moved to Los Angeles where I worked for a women's health organization before leaving for San Diego to return to school to study Art and Communications at UC San Diego for 2 years. I went on to earn my teaching license and became very aquainted with computers, specifically the new Apple computers. From 1984-1986 I taught computer skills to very young children from Kindergarten thru sixth grade using Seymor Pappert's turtle and Basic.
In 1988, I moved to the Twin Cities. In 1991 I married David Jarvi. We had our beautiful boy, Matthew, in August of 1991. I continued teaching in a variety of disciplines and age groups and eventually, co-created the David Nathan Blanco Foundation with my cousin, Elizabeth Blanco, in memory of her son, who died on Mother's Day 1994 at the age of 24.
I am currently retired and spend a great deal of time here on WikiTree working on the US Black Heritage Projects and my own family profiles.
(January 2020) The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the US. It has taken over 2 million lives worldwide as of Jan. 2021.
(May 31,2020) The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police has left the Twin Cities and our country to examine our racist history as well as our ancestry. Genealogy is an important tool for reflecting on these serious issues. This event did shift my attention onto my ancestral relationship to slavery. I had been researching my ancestors from Maryland in the 1700's who owned slaves. My 4th great grandfather, Daniel Pocock, owned 14 slaves. His son, my third great grandfather, Elijah Pocock freed them. It was then I began volunteering/collaborating here on WikiTree with the US Black Heritage projects.
Document transcription -Elijah Pocock freed slave:
Holding place for wiki pages needed for research: Space:Slavery,_United_States_of_America
Holding place for my research: Space:Research_Holding_Page_for_USBH
Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
Gina is 37 degrees from Bob Saget, 25 degrees from Victor Borge, 38 degrees from Graham Chapman, 26 degrees from John Clarke, 35 degrees from John Cleese, 20 degrees from Phyllis Diller, 28 degrees from Gösta Ekman, 38 degrees from Whoopi Goldberg, 23 degrees from Bob Hope, 27 degrees from Barry Humphries, 39 degrees from Norman Wisdom and 30 degrees from Joan Hollander on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.