I just returned home from 5 days in Florida.  Disney World.  The Everglades.  Key West.  The beach.  All of it was very exciting.

But I was even more excited to learn that I was on the list of the top 40 genealogy blogs in Family Tree Magazine – in the new blogs category!!!

I started this blog almost exactly a year ago and have had so much fun with it.

I love having an outlet to share my finds, think through my brick walls, find others researching my families, and connect with other genealogists.

I am humbled and honored to be on the list with so many other great new bloggers.

My good friend Cherie, of Have You Seen My Roots? is on the list also (yeah Cherie!!).  As are Cynthia from Heritage Zen, Brenda from Journey to the Past, and Lisa of Old Stones Undeciphered. And that’s only the “new blogs” category.

There are 35 other great blogs on the list also.  If you haven’t read the list yet, head on over to Family Tree Magazine and check it out. Congratulations to all of those listed – and all who were nominated!




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I posted a picture of my mom’s bronze shoe a few weeks ago. I think it’s such a great heirloom.

This week, I’m sharing a picture of my own baby shoes. Not bronzed. Very worn. Really, how could I have worn these out that much in the short amount of time they must have fit me? I must have fallen down in them a lot to have scuffed them so much.

You know what I love most about them?  The bells my mom attached to the shoelaces.  She must have done it so that she could keep track of me.  I must have jingled everywhere I walked.:)

Do you still have your baby shoes?

  • Marian Wood - March 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Love those bells! Great photo. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Goodrum - March 10, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Congratulations on being one of Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2011!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Goodrum - March 10, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Beautiful photo of your baby shoes too!ReplyCancel

  • Janice Tracy - March 10, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    Congratulations, Jennifer, on having your lovely blog named to Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Leyndyke - March 10, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Congratulations on your Top 40 blog award. It’s a very nice blog.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - March 10, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Congrats on being a top 40 blogger! (Great photo of the baby shoes too, love it!)ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - March 11, 2011 - 7:18 am

    Jen – Congratulations on your top 40 award! I’m so happy for you!Love the baby shoes BTW, and I hope you are enjoying your vacation!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - March 11, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Congrats, Jenn on the Top 40! So well deserved! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 12, 2011 - 8:07 am

    Jenn you continue to amaze me! I love this photo by the way… but you are hauling all this around with you across the country with 5 kids? WOW! Beautiful photo!ReplyCancel

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Since I’m enjoying the beach this week while I’m on vacation in Florida, I thought I’d post a picture of others enjoying time in the sand.  They don’t look like they’re dressed for sunbathing though, do they?  I don’t think I’d be very comfortable dressed like that at the beach.  They must have simply gotten out for a picture. Sand in the shoes, how annoying.

I really have no information on this picture at all.  No idea who these women are, when this was taken (maybe in the 30’s), and what beach they might be at.  I see palm trees though and it looks like they were having a fun trip together!:)

This picture was amongst my Grandpa Don’s collection.  I am guessing that the woman on the right might possibly be one of his sisters.   Complete guess of course.  Do any of you recognize this beach?

  • Cherie Cayemberg - March 18, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    Email me the picture, Jen and I can fix the scratches 😉ReplyCancel

  • Misty Cotton - March 23, 2011 - 10:12 am

    When I saw this photo originally I immediately knew this must be the Pier in Oceanside California where I grew up! I had to be sure so on a trip down there to visit my family I went down to the pier and there is no doubt. This pier was dedicated on July 4th, 1927 as mentioned on the Oceanside Historical Society Website
    http://oceansidehistoricalsociety.org/piers.htm. I took some photos for comparison and would love to send them to you. What fun it was to randomly be browsing your blog and see this. Love your blog by the way:-)ReplyCancel

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We are going on a much-needed family vacation this week!!

And we’re not visiting anyone.  Not that I don’t like to go and visit people, because I do – especially since we live so far from everyone we know.  But the truth is, we always take leave to go see people and we rarely go on vacation simply to relax and get away.

No genealogy will be done on this vacation either, because I’m not related to Mickey or Donald or Goofy.  Well, maybe Goofy.:)

By the time you read this, we’ll be enjoying Disney World with the kids.

They’ve never been before, so they’re pretty darn excited. And honestly we are too.  Everybody loves Disney World, right?

But after a few days walking around the parks with 5 little kids, going on dizzying rides and a whole lot of waiting in line, we’re going to need a vacation from our vacation.  Am I the only one that ever feels this way?

So, after our days at Disney, we’re driving down to Key West.  Just because we can.

And so, I’ll leave you with a picture from my childhood.

We lived in Southern California for a brief time (my dad had a temporary job there and we kept our house in Washington).  We felt like we were on one big vacation.  Sea World.  The San Diego Zoo. Tijuana.  And of course, Disney Land.  This is me, my sister, and one of my brothers with Mickey (I’m on the right).  I believe this was the summer of 1984.

What fun memories.  I’m glad that I’ll be making some of these with my own kids this week.:)

  • Heather Roelker - March 15, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    I love it! We’re heading to Disney in a few weeks ourselves…and only an old Air Force friend to visit. No genealogy. Should be relaxing, so I feel your joy. Hope you had fun!ReplyCancel

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Dr. John Jennings Moorman was my 4th great-grandmother’s younger brother.

He was resident physician at the White Sulphur Springs resort (Greenbrier) for many years and apparently wrote a memoir full of descriptions of the presidents and famous people he met while working there. He also wrote some books about the benefits of the water. I will write about all of that in more detail another time.

Today, I wanted to post his obituary, which I found while I was visiting Roanoke, Virginia last year. I wonder if he may have had another obituary written in West Virginia, where he lived for many years.  I also wonder if there may have been a more detailed obituary at a later date in this same paper, rather than a death announcement which this appears to be.  Sadly, it doesn’t give any biographical information or even list his relatives.

DEATH OF DR. MOORMAN – Dr. J.J. Moorman died at his residence in Salem last Thursday at 4 o’clock a.m.  Dr. Moorman has been for some weeks confined to his bed and his recovery scarcely hoped for, yet his death was quite a shock to the community.  He was 83 years of age and his long, useful and honored life has endeared him to all.  His funeral will take place this morning at 11 o’clock from the Presbyterian church in Salem.

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