This is the family history index page of Kathy Lynn Gorton Emerson. It contains an assortment of things, some of which have gone into the novels I’ve written as Kathy Lynn Emerson.

First, here’s a bit of Sullivan County, New York family history on my mother’s side:

"A Sullivan County, New York Farm/Boarding House: The Hornbecks of Hurleyville, New York"

Some of this material, together with the biography I wrote of my grandfather, made major contributions to my children’s book, Julia’s Mending, set in Liberty Falls, New York in 1887, and to the third Diana Spaulding mystery, No Mortal Reason, set in Sullivan County, New York in 1888. Here’s the link to find Fred Gorton’s story:

The Life of a Plodder: Fred Gorton's 95 Years

The following links go to family pages I’ve compiled on various branches of the family tree, both mine and my husband’s. I’d be delighted to hear from any distant relatives, especially if you know more about the family in question than I do.

Coburg Family of Sullivan County, New York

Hartley Family

Descendants of Redmond Hanlon

Descendants of Donald McDougall


Questions? Send email to kathylynnemerson@roadrunner.com


I write both fiction and nonfiction under several names. If you’re interested in finding out more about my professional life, you can find me here:

Kathy Lynn Emerson, Writer