What a busy week!  I didn’t get much genealogy done this week, because I did 5 photo shoots!! My computer time this week was spent editing photos instead of doing research.  I’m not a professional photographer (far from it!) but I have been taking family photos of friends in my neighborhood – mostly for Christmas cards.  It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve gotten the chance to get some practice on people that actually want their pictures taken.  My kids have learned to run when I pull out the camera.:)

I fully intend on actually blogging and researching this week!!

On to my favorite finds….

  • Have you checked out Historypin?   It’s so fascinating to me.  I’d love to try adding a few of my pictures to this site!!  Have any of you done this yet?
  • Registration is open for the 2012 NGS Conference in Cincinnati this May.  I would really love to go, but we’re going to be preparing for a move in June and my husband is in class – which means I have no babysitter for a week.  Last year’s conference worked out perfectly for me  – we were in the middle of a move from Savannah to El Paso and it happened to be in Charleston.  Perfect timing!  This year, not so much.  I think I’ll have to hold out for another one, closer to home and at a more convenient time.:(
  • I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories posts.  I might jump in here and there throughout the month as I feel inspired.
  • Greta is going to be posting an ornament a day instead of the advent calendar (since she already participated for 2 yrs).  I love collecting ornaments from different places we’ve lived and am excited to see what treasures she has on her tree.:)
  • Heather Rojo, of Nutfield Genealogy, posted a treasure in her father’s college paper on the Underground Railroad in MA.  
  • I loved the old picture of school recess in Copperopolis over at Family History with Lineagekeeper.  Old school pictures mesmerize me for some reason.  And I love to say “Copperopolis” – what a fun name!:)

And a few pictures I’d like to share from our trip to the zoo this week (it was warm enough for T-shirts!)…

  • Carol - December 2, 2011 - 7:28 am

    Photos are fabulous. I could only dream of taking such beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - December 2, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Thanks for listing my post about Dad’s college paper. I’ll be running a series of four posts, and the last one has some surprising genealogical serendipity related to his tour of the Underground Railroad stations!ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - December 2, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Thank you for the mention. I absolutely love your photos, and the zoo trip photos this week are simply fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - December 2, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Your photos are beautiful. You must be a professional photographer, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 2, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    Thanks guys! No, I’m not a professional, but I might like to do it professionally someday. Everyone in my neighborhood has asked me to do their Christmas photos this year and so I’ve been busy taking family pics these past few weeks – it’s a lot of fun!!
    Heather – I’ll be looking forward to reading your next posts!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - December 4, 2011 - 1:43 pm


    Great post, fantastic photos! I especially love the first one, that bird is really something, and the shadow he creates really adds to the photo! Good work!ReplyCancel

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I can’t be the only genealogist that gets excited when there is a marriage in the family, right??  Well, my sister has been married for a few years now, but I’ve recently started researching my brother-in-law’s family tree and I’m so happy to have some new names to be looking for!

I thought I’d do a short post, listing some of the new last names I’ve added to my searches….


BOTTARINI  (Italian roots, something new for me!!)











  • Amy lee - December 6, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    So you claim your Thornton lines doesn’t tie into mine… yet.. LOL! But I am curious on your Couch line… been working on my “suedo brother’s” line & he is Couch… he can go back a full5 generations on all lines…ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 7, 2011 - 9:10 am

      I have very little information on the Couch’s so far – Rosalind Couch was born in Willapa, WA in 1921 and her parents were Roy and Bertha Couch. That’s what I’m starting with. :)ReplyCancel

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I hope that everyone had a very wonderful Thanksgiving!!  We had a beautiful dinner at home with friends from Estonia and Slovakia.   We got to introduce them to our wonderful American holiday.

I was short on blog posts this past week – busy teaching an ESL class, homeschooling the kids, trying to clean the house for guests, taking pictures for 3 different families, and working on my brother-in-law’s family tree.  Fun, fun, fun!

Here are this week’s favorite finds….

  • Happy Blogiversary to Caroline over at Caro’s Family Chronicles.  Her blog turned one.:)
  • I enjoyed Creative Gene‘s post entitled Plan to be Remembered, Revisited.
  • I think I’m going to try to jump in on the Surname Saturday Meme over at Destination: Austin Family.  Sounds like a great idea!  I”m a bit late, but better late than never, right?
  • I love family heirlooms and can’t wait to have a permanent home to display them in (my husband will eventually HAVE to get out of the Army, right?).  Sue, over at Frustrated Genealogist posted about one of her heirlooms – a tea seat.
  • Remember that there will be NO Geneabloggers radio show tonight.  Take a break and enjoy your family!
  • Well said Cherie.  I loved her post Happy Black Friday over at Have You Seen My Roots?
  • Photo Story: Changes and WWII Begins is a great post over at Heritage Zen.
  • Heather Kuhn Roelker  has some treasures in her great-grandparents many photographs.  It’s nice to see them doing day-to-day things instead of just posed family photos.  I wish I had some like this among my collection.

And a few pictures from this past week…

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My mom is the little girl in the front on the left. The rest of the children are her cousins.:)

  • Wendy - November 23, 2011 - 4:30 am

    Good lookin’ family!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 23, 2011 - 6:39 am

    Great picture, Jen! Isn’t it amazing how you can never seem to get a bunch of little kids looking in the same direction for a picture! I try every year with the boys and their cousins and it doesn’t work well, but most of the kiddos here aren’t too far off the mark!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - November 23, 2011 - 8:35 am

    What a great photo. I’m so envious of people with lots of cousins – I have one. Okay, so I had two but one died 30+ years ago. Wouldn’t be too hard to get all of us to look at the camera – the hardest part would be getting all of us together :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 23, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    I guess I should revise the description of this picture. This is my mom, her siblings, and her cousins. :) Debi – I can’t even imagine not having cousins – I have 31 FIRST cousins!!! Most of us are all within a 10 yr age range too. I feel really bad about the fact that my kids have NO cousins. At least not yet. :(ReplyCancel

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Michael Hollingsworth was my husband’s great-grandmother Roselie’s brother. He was only 25 when he died.

13 August 1896, Tonganoxie Mirror, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, KS

A Victim of Typhoid
Last Saturday afternoon, at half past five o’clock, Michael Hollingsworth breathed his last, having succumbed to an attack of typhoid fever.  Funeral services were held next day by Rev. Ballard in the Friends church, and the remains were buried in the cemetery on the hill.
Michael Hollingsworth was born in Buena Vista county, Iowa, April 8, 1871, and came with his parents to Kansas during childhood.  He was united in marriage Nov. 1893 to Miss Betsey Wogan.  She and a two years old child survive him.

Card of Thanks
The undersigned wish to tender their deepest thanks to the many friends who so kindly came to their assistance in the hour of sorrow and trouble over the loss of a loved one.
J.D. Hollingsworth and wife
James Goucher and wife
Betsey Hollingsworth

  • Cherie Caye berg - November 20, 2011 - 10:00 am

    How sad,Jen! To die so young and with a young wife and child too. Thanks for sharing and remembering.ReplyCancel

  • nick woods - November 21, 2011 - 9:04 am

    His death was such a blow to the family. Michael’s wife was pregnant with their 2nd child when Michael died. The baby was Edgar, born in September.
    In a photo Mother had, the Hollingsworth family was gathered in the yard of a home G-Grandfather Joseph David had built in Tonganoxie. Minnie(adult woman wearing black), Albert, Rosalie, and Mina (both younger sisters wearing black dresses & white aprons), with their parents Joseph & Rosanna and little Grandson Ora. Grandma Rose said, Baby Edgar was asleep in the house. Apparently, Betsy had left the area after the birth of her 2nd son never to return.
    G-Granddautghter Elizabeth Weeks WoodsReplyCancel

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