I am a bookaholic.  I fully admit it.

Over the years, I have accumulated quite the home library.  Most of the books are for our homeschooling, but I don’t discriminate.  I like fiction and non-fiction alike.  Kids books.  Mysteries.  Photography manuals.  And of course genealogy books.

So, when you have this many books, how do you find anything?  Honestly, for a while there I couldn’t.  I had books that I didn’t know I owned, because they were lost on the shelves. I have them separated out by subject – science, history, art, education, language arts, photography, etc.  But there are so many within each of those sections that I still was often unsure of what we actually had.

With our many moves (we’re military) I am always worried that one of these times something disastrous will happen.  A train derailment.  Flooding in the crates.  Something that would ruin what has taken me years to collect.  I decided that it would be nice to have a list of the books we own for insurance purposes also.  I honestly had no idea how many we owned – and would have a very hard time guessing.

Then I got a membership to LibraryThing. And I feel organized.

Free memberships allow you to add up to 200 books.  For many people, this will be sufficient.

I opted for the “lifetime” membership for $25.  It allows me to add as many books as I like.

Cataloging your library is easy.

You can either type in the ISBN or title of the book you own and it will pop up (through Amazon if you wish).  You click on it to confirm that it’s the version of the book you own.  Then you tag the book with whatever you want – science, biography, underwater basketweaving, favorites, etc.

And viola! You have a catalog of your home library.

When you are looking for a book on a certain subject, you can click on that tag and see what you own.

You can also share your library with others on your website with a nifty little widget.  You can choose books with a specific tag or else your entire library.  You can also customize the widget, changing the number of columns and rows, if you want just the covers or also text, and if you want it to be a static image, or else a rotating widget, showing different books ever few seconds.

Neat, huh?

By the way, you can create any number of collections.  You can make a collection of books that you have read but don’t own, or perhaps a list of your reading “wish list”.

If you look in my sidebar, you can see the widget I created of the books I own, which are tagged “genealogy”.

P.S.  I’m not quite done adding all of my books in yet.  The downstairs is done, but I still have to go add the books in everyone’s bedrooms.  I’m already at 2,141 books. Yes, over TWO THOUSAND books.  The movers hate us.

  • Amy - March 1, 2011 - 7:27 am

    LOL! Good we are not alone. The last time the military moved our books to storage, they asked us to get them on digital!!! We have one grate just books!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - March 1, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Great post, Jen! So I’m assuming the lifetime membership is a one time thing. $25 isn’t too bad for that. I don’t have as many books as you but I have well over 200! Thanks for the intel!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - March 1, 2011 - 3:16 pm

      Yes, the $25 is for a lifetime membership!ReplyCancel

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Happy Blog  Birthday to me!

Happy Blog  Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday Dear Climbing My Family Tree!  Happy Blog Birthday to me!

My blog is one year old.  She’s had 265 posts in that year.

It’s hard to believe.  They just grow up so fast.

She’s still a baby, but she’s done crawling and is getting the hang of toddling about.

Another year and she’ll be up and running.:)


  • Sheri Fenley - March 1, 2011 - 6:27 am

    Jen Dahling – you are simply not singing loud enough. Allow me –


  • Thomas MacEntee - March 1, 2011 - 9:54 am

    A very happy blogiversary – you’ve accomplished quite a bit and you should be very proud of your work! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Leyndyke - March 1, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    Congrats on a great year of blogging. Happy Blogoversary!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - March 1, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy B. - March 1, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Happy Bloggy Birthday, cousin!! And thanks again for being such an inspiration for me in starting my own blog. Keep it up!!ReplyCancel

  • Bill West - March 1, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - March 3, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Happy 1st birthday, Jen! You’ve done a great job “raising” your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - March 7, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Jen – I’m a little late with this, but happy bloggy birthday! I enjoy reading your blog very much, and am wishing you great things as you head into your second year!ReplyCancel

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This is the will of Thomas Moorman, my 6th great grandfather.

He was born in 1705 in Virginia and died in 1766. He lived in Bedford County, Virginia.
Here is the will of Thomas Moorman, transcribed to the best of my ability.  If you have anything that you think needs to be corrected please let me know.  I am not perfect.:)

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Moreman of Bedford County Being in perfect Helth + Memory do make Constitute + Ordain This my Last Will + Testament in Manner and form following Item I send unto my Beloved Wife Rachel Moreman During her Life the plantation on where I now Live with the Stocks of all Kinds also all my House Hold of every Sort (Except Such as I Shall hear after Set apart for my Children) also Five Negroes,  ?, Sambo, Two Molls, Dinah ???  Item I give unto my Daughter Mary Johnson one Negro Girl named Sarah to her and her Heirs forever + whatever she processes that ever was mine  Item I give unto my Son Pleasent Moreman + my Son Charles Moreman four Hundred Acres of Land on Permunkey River in Louisa County to them and Their Heirs forever to be Equally Devided betwixt them by men Appointed also Each of them a Feather Bed and Furniture Item I give unto Daughter Aggothy Johnson one Negro boy Named James to her and her Heirs forever  What ever Els She percesses that ever was mine Itam, I give unto my Son Pleasent Moreman + my Son Charles Moreman four Hundred Acres of Land on Permunkey River in Louisa County to them and Their Heirs forever to be Equilly Devided betwixt them by men Appointed also Each of them a Feather Bed and Furniture  Item I give unto Daughter Aggothy Johnson one Negro boy Named James to her and her Heirs forever What ever Els she percesses that ever was mine Item I give unto my Son Clerk [?] Moorman Two Negroes Peter + Glaster to him and his Heirs for ever one Horse and Sadle one Feather Bed + Ferniture Item I give unto my son Cilley Moreman Dick + Fillis to him and his Heirs forever one Horse and Sadle one Bed + Ferniture Item I give unto my Daughter Rachel Moreman one Negro Girl Jude to her and her Heirs forever one Horse and Sadle one Feather Bed + Furniture Item I give unto my son Andrew Moreman Moreman after his mothers Deceas the plantation on where I now Live with Two Hundred Acres of Land to him and his Heirs forever one Horse and Sadle one Feather Bed and furniture and it is my Desire that if any of my Children Die without Heir that their Estate be Equally Devided aMongst the Rest have given my son Zachariah + Micajah Moreman what I Entented at present I shall Say no more of them yet and it is my further Desire that after my Wife’s Decease that my Son Micajah have Twenty pounds and my Daughter Aggothy and my Daughter Rachel Ten pounds apease Raised of my Estate before any Devision and Afterwards the Rest to be Equally Divided amongst them all male + femail and I do Appoint my Wife + Zachriah + Micajah Executors to this my Last Will and Testament given under my hand + Seal this Twenty Second of July 1765

Thomas Moreman, S.S.


Henry Tate William Anthony

Christopher Anthony

At a Court held for Bedford County November 25th 1766

The within Last Will +Testament of Thomas Moorman Deceased was Exhibited in Court + proved by the Oath of Henry Tate and Christopher Anthony Witness’s Thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the Motion of the within Rachal Moorman Zachariah Moorman + Micajah Moorman Executrix + Executors therein Named they having made Oath According to Law and they having first Entred into [apparently I didn’t scan the last page of the will so it ends here for now]

There is a handwritten note on the side of the page that states that the word “son” was added on March 4, 1946 by a clerk, but I’m having  a hard time reading why.  I think that it was in the original, but was left out of the copy.  It appears that “son” was added in front of Cilley.

I have such a hard time reading my transcription because of the lack of punctuation and the various spelling  used!

I love that I have this document though.  It blows my mind that his will was written in 1765.  Before the Revolutionary War.  Before we were a country.  That’s a long time ago…  246 years ago. I suppose I can forgive the spelling  mistakes.:)




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Week 9: Sounds. Describe any sounds that take you back to your childhood. These could be familiar songs, jingles, children playing, or something entirely different.

This challenge runs from Saturday, February 26, 2011 through Friday, March 4, 2011.

The sounds of my childhood…..

  1. The “Sesame Street” theme song
  2. Frogs croaking in the nearby swamp in the evenings
  3. The wheels of my brothers’ Big Wheels turning on the dirt road
  4. Our many dogs barking when anyone passed by our home
  5. The tick-tock of my Papa’s clock collection.  His apartment was alive with music when the hour struck.
  6. My Grandpa Ed playing the harmonica for us kids
  7. The buzzing of my parents’ many saws and tools
  8. My Grandma Donna singing “The Three Little Fishies” by Kay Kyser to us kids.  “and he swam and he swam right over the dam!”
  9. The sound of the angry geese hissing at me in our backyard.  I was stuck on my swingset a number of times because I was so frightened of their hissing.
  10. 80’s music blasting from my stereo.
  11. My little brothers playing with GI Joes and matchbox cars and Legos – and all of the needed sound effects that went along with their play.
  12. Fire crackling in our wood stove.
  13. The drizzle of the Washington rain.
  14. “La, la, la, la, la, la”.  Yes, I watched “Smurfs”.  I may have even owned a Smurf lunchbox at one point in time.
  15. The woodpeckers making holes in the forest behind our home.
  16. The seagulls talking to one another down by the beach.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

My previous posts in this series:
New Year’s Memories
Winter Memories

  • Tim Jones - February 27, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Many thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I don’t seem to be able to respond on my own blog at this time. I’ve read a couple of weeks of your posts and have added yours to the blogs I follow. Enjoy Savannah; it’s a beautiful city.

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Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler Becker was my 3rd great grandmother.  I posted her husband’s obituary last week and now here is hers. In the Tipton Times, dated 1 October 1915.

Passing of a Pioneer
Mrs. Margaret Becker Lived Longed and Useful Life
Resided in County 64 years
Belonged to Family of First Generation Settlers in Moniteau Co – Resided in Tipton 43 Years

Mrs. Margaret Becker, wife of Henry Becker, was born in Cologne, Germany, September 18, 1838;  died in Tipton, Mo., September 25, 1915, being 77 years and 7 days old at the time of her death.
Mrs. Becker’s maiden name was Kuttenkuler.  She came with her parents from Germany to Missouri about 64 years ago, locating in Moniteau county, near this city, her family being the first German settlers in this county.
On January 2, 1858 the subject of this notice became the wife of Henry Becker.  To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom with the husband, survives.  They are: Chas. Becker, of Kansas City;  H.J., Joe L. Becker of St. Louis; Mrs. Mary Robertson, of Sioux City, Iowa;  Mrs. Anna Mudd, of Arkansas;  Mrs. Ellen Koechner, Mrs. Louis G. Imhoff and Miss Lucy Becker, of this city.  Besides these are one brother, John Kuttenkuler, of this city, and two half-brothers, P.J. and Andy Bestgen, of near this city.
Mrs. Becker spent a long and useful life, true to husband, devoted to her children, loyal to friends and faithful to her church vows.
On January 2, 1908 Mrs. Becker and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, of which an extended notice appeared in the TIMES at that time.  She and her husband have resided in Tipton for 43 consecutive years.  Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at 11 o’clock September 27, the following being pallbearers: P.C. Flood, P.J. Franken, Jacob Heinen, Wm. Kline, Peter Dick and Joseph Sommerhauser.

  • Amy - February 27, 2011 - 9:22 am

    Where do you find your obituaries? Ancestry isn’t very productive for me…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - February 27, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    I’ve gotten a number of them from GenealogyBank.com, but most of them I have either visited the local library or in the case of the above obituary, I wrote to the local historical/genealogical society and asked someone to do a lookup for me.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 1, 2011 - 5:31 am

    Thanks! I’ll check it out….thanks!ReplyCancel

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