I got my issue of Family Tree Magazine in the mail today….

And there was an article on the 40 best blogs for genealogy.

And my blog is listed under “Story Time”!!


You can check out all of the other great blogs on the list here.

  • Barbara McCarthy - April 21, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Congratulations! Wish we still had you here in El Paso. You are an asset to any genealogical society.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - April 22, 2013 - 5:20 pm


  • Climbing My Family Tree - April 26, 2013 - 4:45 am

    Barbara, I’m still in El Paso and will be for at least another year. I just haven’t been able to come to meetings this year, because my kids have scouts on Thursday nights. Everything is winding down for the year though and I hope to be able to start making meetings again!! :)

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I haven’t done a Follow Friday in quite some time.  I’ve been so busy in the past few months with starting my photography business, that photos have been taking up most of my computer time.  If only there were more hours in the day.:)I’m thinking that I”m going to make this once or twice a month instead of every week.  That will give me more of a chance to peruse everyone’s blogs and websites.

Here are some recent reads I enjoyed…

1. Judy,  of The Legal Genealogist, always does such a great job of explaining the legal mumbo jumbo that most of us don’t understand.  A costly issue is a great post on bills of cost, which I have to admit I usually just file away without even really looking at.  Shame on me.

2. Is FamilySearch De-emphasizing Genealogical Research? over at Genea-Musings.  I have to agree that FamilySearch has gotten more confusing.

3.  I LOVE libraries!  And so should you at Gena’s Genealogy.   I love libraries too Gena!! :)

4. Thankful Thursday: Daniel D. Lightner, The Abolitionist Part 1 and Part 2 over at Leaves for Trees.

5. Cousin Wendy at Shaking Leaves found a family secret.  I love unearthing secrets.:)

And here are a few pictures from this past week:

  • Heather - April 19, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Thanks for the mention, Jenn. Great to see you back!ReplyCancel

  • Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL - April 19, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention, Jenn. Love the photos — my 9-year-old nephew did his science project on the “exploding” soda bottles so I knew exactly what the first shot was all about!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Brittain - April 22, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Thanks for the shout-out, Cousin Jennifer!ReplyCancel

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These toy soldiers belonged to my husband’s father and are probably about 65 years old.  My husband refound them when he was looking through one of his trunks a few weeks ago and the kids have been playing with them in the backyard ever since.

And look – they were actually MADE IN THE USA!!!:)

I think that there are a few that may have been from a different set.  I’m not sure why this guy has a hole on top of his head.  He looks different than the above soldiers though.  Of course, that could be because his paint is really wearing off.

And here are some of the casualties of war.

Here are a few of them in action, in our backyard.  Yes, we have rocks in our yard – we live in the desert.:)

Do any of you have toy soldiers also?

  • Mariann Regan - April 21, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Cool pictures. And hey, I don’t mean to be alarmist, but if these toy soldiers are 65 years old . . . is there lead in their composition? Or lead paint??ReplyCancel

    • Jenn - April 22, 2013 - 8:37 am

      Very good point Mariann!! I didn’t even think about that.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - April 22, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    My dad and his brother had a set of toy soldiers from the 1920’s that we played with as kids. Last year we were cleaning things out of my mother’s garage and all my brother wanted were the army men to share with his grandsons. We talked about the possibility of lead – I don’t know if you can have them tested or what. I sure wish I’d taken some photos of them before he packed them up and took them home :-(ReplyCancel

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That feeling you get when you finally see a picture of an ancestor you’ve been working on for years and years (around 14) is absolutely priceless.  Putting a face to the name you’ve been researching is so rewarding.  It makes that ancestor so much more real (at least in my opinion).  I can immediately relate to them more.  I am more interested in learning their story.

I have a distant cousin who sent me these pictures this past month.  I am so thankful and am looking forward to sharing them with the rest of my family.

These pictures are of James Patrick Thornton (1824-1887), my 3rd great-grandfather.  He came to the U.S. (first to Illinois and then Nebraska) from Ireland.

These photos were scanned from an album in my cousin’s possession.  The album has a stamp that says “Patent June 6, 1882″ in it.

  • Marian Wood - April 17, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Hi Jen, Happy to see you posting again! I miss reading about your ancestors and adventures. Take care! – From Marian @ your twin blog namesakeReplyCancel

    • Jenn - April 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

      Thanks Marian! I started my own photography business a couple of months ago, so I’ve been swamped. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mariann Regan - April 21, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    What an amazing face — I think it shows a lot of strength. And those eyes look so penetrating. Maybe it is their intelligence, or maybe it is their light color. I would want to make sure this person was my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - April 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Mariann – I agree! He has very nice eyes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ann H. Emory - May 4, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    When I encountered your site and the photo of James P. Thornton, I was shocked, as I have the same photo. I would love to get in touch with you and your cousin who has the photo album. I have other Thornton photos that I’m happy to share as well. Hope to here from you. My email is aemory@comcast.net.
    Thanks, Ann

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Life has been crazy.  I’ve started my own photography business and continue to homeschool my kids.  I feel like I rarely have time to spend on genealogy and that makes me sad.

There is one advantage to taking a long break from doing research though.  Records are always being added online and when you haven’t looked for a while, it feels like you’ve hit the jackpot.

Here is one of the things I found this week – the naturalization petition of my step-grandmother, Margaret Rose Barnard Ogden Sanchez.

  • Trevor Ogden-Sanchez - March 10, 2013 - 6:28 am

    This is weird because my Mom told me she never received American citizenship but that she had a permanent residency card. HmmmmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Thornton Woods - April 12, 2013 - 5:56 am

    This is a petition for naturalization. She may not have completed it.ReplyCancel

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