Gina (Pocock) Jarvi
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Gina (Pocock) Jarvi

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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.

Gina M. Jarvi formerly Pocock
Born 1950s.
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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 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.

Names I am Working on

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.

Events that are shaping our lives

(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.[1] His son, my third great grandfather, Elijah Pocock freed them.[2] It was then I began volunteering/collaborating here on WikiTree with the US Black Heritage projects.


  1. Year: 1790; Census Place: Harford, Maryland; Series: M637; Roll: 3; Page: 82; Image: 60; Family History Library Film: 0568143 Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - First Census of the United States, 1790 (NARA microfilm publication M637, 12 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census
  2. Document -Elijah Pocock freed slave-1
  • "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 May 2014), Gina Mae Pocock Jarvi in entry for Matthew James Jarvi, 24 Aug 1991; from "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, Ancestry ( : 2004); citing Ramsey, Minnesota, United States, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.
  • First-hand information. Entered by Gina Pocock on July 1, 2020. Revised May 8, 2021.

Transcribed Document

Document transcription -Elijah Pocock freed slave:

Elijah Pocock to Negro Joshua- Know all men by ___ that I, Elijah Pocock of Pike Township, ___County State of Ohio for diverse(?) good causes and considerations me thereunto knowing moving have released from slavery manimitted(?) and do set free and by these present do hereby liberate manumit and set free my Negro man named Joshua aged twenty-six years. I have liberated and set free the above named Joshua my Negro man from the first day of October one thousand eight hundred and twenty two. I hereby declare said Negro man to be freed and discharged from service to me my heirs, executors or administrators or any other person whatsoever. In hereby witness whereof I have here unto set my hands and seal this 24th day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty two. Signed and sealed and delivered in the presence of Augustus Eddy Abner Eddy } Elijah Pocock {Seal of the State of Ohio}

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Holding place for my research: Space:Research_Holding_Page_for_USBH

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Gina, Thank you for joining the December USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 10523 new profiles.

We’ve started the January challenge here: January Connecting Challenge. We are working toward a goal of 150,000 total profiles in 2022.

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Gina (Pocock) Jarvi created 43 new profiles during the December 2021 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.


Gina, Thank you for joining the July Connecting Challenge and helping us create 4052 new profiles!
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Gina (Pocock) Jarvi created 141 new profiles during the July 2021 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining the May Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3726 new profiles!

We’ve started the June challenge here: June Connecting Challenge

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Gina created 113 new profiles during the May 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining the April Connecting Challenge and helping us create 4886 new profiles!

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Hi Gina,

Thanks for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Collaboration with Pre-1700 Project members is essential for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Collaboration is essential because those ancestors are usually shared by many descendants.

It looks like the United States Project would be a good fit based on your branch of WikiTree. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

Remember to cite reliable sources in pre-1700 profiles that you manage or edit. (See: Pre-1700 Reliable Sources).

David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by David Selman
Thank you David. I think you are right that the US Project would be a good fit. I will check in with you if I have any questions.


posted by Gina (Pocock) Jarvi
Thanks for joining us! I’m Cindy, a WikiTree Mentor. Hope you're enjoying our site.

I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can answer?

We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send me a private message.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

Hi --

You’ve been here about a week, so I’m just checking in. How is it going so far? Were the How-Tos helpful or did they leave you with questions?

We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Shirley ~ WikiMessenger

PS Sometimes links don't work in emails. You can always find a link that works in the public comments on your profile.

Thank you Ginafor volunteering, You are now a full member of the WikiTree community. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Please start with the New Member How-To - they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around. If the links in emails don't work correctly, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.

If you click the green name tag on your profile page, you'll see if there are other members following the surname.

Take your time, and let me know if you need any help using the site. I'm always happy to answer questions.

Janet ~ WikiTree Greeter

Enjoy exploring

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Gina

Welcome to wikitree

Just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree. You can contact me by clicking the link to my name, then sending a private message or posting a comment on my profile page.

Janet ~ WikiTree Greeter Happy New Year

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild