My grandpa, Alphonso James Thornton, Jr. is the guy on the right.  He was 17 in this picture, so it must have been taken in about 1940.  He lived in Westfield, Iowa – and I’m assuming that this was taken either there or in Sioux City.

I wonder why my grandpa is in a suit and tie, while the rest of the guys are dressed more casually.

This photo was actually labeled, but the names are hard for me to read.

Here is my best guess, left to right: Don Salem, Bob Salhajan?, Bud Fahay, Charlie Hart, Al Thornton Jr.

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My daughter Ellie likes to draw, so I’ve commissioned her to start a series of genealogy related comics.

Genealogy is really such a sedentary hobby.  Add blogging to the mix and some of us are spending way too many hours on our rear ends.  Admit it!

We were thinking of some unique ways that genealogists could use their research time as valuable gym time also. So, the first series of comics will be about genea-exercises.:)

And here are her first two characters, Janet and Floyd….doing the Court Record Lift.

  • Michelle Goodrum - September 27, 2011 - 9:01 am

    I love it. yeah Ellie!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - September 27, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    So cute! She is very talented and creative.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - September 27, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    That’s pretty good! I like it! Thanks for making me laugh, Ellie.ReplyCancel

  • Linda McCauley - October 2, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    It’s no wonder Ellie is so creative. She gets it from her mother. This is too cute.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 4, 2011 - 12:19 am

      Thanks Linda. :) I can’t draw AT ALL though.ReplyCancel

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I just love this old car – especially the seat in the back!!

Elgie Woods and Helen Cossaboon were married in 1927, so they had been married about a year in this picture.

I’m not quire sure what is going on – he has a robe of some sort on and the caption says “Heap Big Injun on Me”.:)It looks like they’re having fun!

  • Wendy - September 26, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    I think it says “AND me.” I’d guess Helen thought Elgin looked like an Indian. Helen missed a chance to comment on the “heap big ENGINE” in that heap big car. HA! Fun photo.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 26, 2011 - 1:17 pm

      Thanks Wendy – I think you’re right! :)ReplyCancel

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After our whirlwind trip to Kansas, I had a lot of catching up to do – in my real life and my online one.:)

Here are some of my favorite finds from the past TWO weeks…

  • You Never Know Unless You Ask!  That statement is SO incredibly true.  It makes me wonder what types of treasures might be hidden in my older relatives’ crawl spaces or basements.  So many questions could be answered.  Head over to A Sense of Family to read about her recent exciting find!
  • I love Kerry’s post over at Clue Wagon about incorporating your family history into your home decor.  I have always loved maps anyway, but to hang maps of where my ancestors lived is even better!!!
  • You can’t even begin to imagine the amount of papers which are around my house.  Between having genealogy as a hobby and homeschooling 5 kids, we kill a lot of trees!!  I loved the post over at Diggin’ for FamilyWhat to Keep and What to Toss… because I am having the exact same problem.  How many school papers do I really need to keep?  Do I digitize them?  Are my kids going to be heartbroken if they aren’t able to look back on the report they wrote in 3rd grade about Abe Lincoln??
  • Linda says that Lula Can’t Always Be Trusted and she is right!  Of course, my GPS is named Eliza Jane and has a British accent – but they are definitely related!  She often shows be off-roading in the woods or floating in a river somewhere.  She is helpful, but not to be trusted!
  • Sweethearts, Sidewalks, and Carbolic Acid.  What a sad story over at Finding Family Stories!
  • The topic for this week’s Geneabloggers Radio show cracks me up!  Genealogists Bore Their Families – What You Can Do About It. It sounds like it will be a fun one!:)
  • Oh my goodness – naked sunburned turkeys!!  I never thought I’d hear a story about that on a genealogy blog.  Thanks Debbie at Mascot Manor Genealogy for making me laugh!   Truth IS usually stranger than fiction!
  • There is a new blogging prompt coming to Geneabloggers – Friday Funny.  Can’t wait to read some of these!!

And a few pictures from the past two busy weeks…

My husband and his dad:

Lexie, my 7 yr old:

Flowers that I wish were in my garden (who am I kidding – I don’t even HAVE a garden!):

She is not allowed to grow up this fast!!! 12 going on 20…

Until next week!!!

  • Kerry Scott - September 23, 2011 - 5:11 am

    Thank you for the mention!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Bishop - September 24, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Jen! I’m humbled to be in such good company. Love your photos, too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda McCauley - September 25, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Thanks for the mention! (And your pictures, especially the ones of your kids, are fantastic.)ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 13, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    OMG! Andy and his dad are almost identical! Give the big guy a hug from us! Miss you all!ReplyCancel

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This is my husband’s great-grandfather, Clyde Cleveland Davidson.

The picture was taken around Fall 1900 when he wore his first long pants.

I suppose I’ll have to take their word for it, because we actually can’t see his pants in this picture!

  • Wendy - September 21, 2011 - 6:27 am

    Certainly properly outfitted! Love the hat and bow tie.ReplyCancel

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