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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I am so glad that this week is over, because I’m TIRED. I”m looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend at home!

Please excuse any spelling mistakes.  If I’m not making any sense, it’s because I spent Thursday evening playing Bunco and then watching the new Twilight movie at midnight. :)

  • Scanfest is coming to AnceStories this Sunday, November 20th!  I would like to participate someday, but I never seem to have enough quiet, free time to do it.  There are stacks and stacks of things that are waiting to be scanned….
  • I really enjoyed my time at the Atlanta Family History Expo last year.  This year, I’m living in El Paso though and there don’t seem to be any large conferences in the area.  Darn – I have to live vicariously through other bloggers.:)  Jenny over at Are My Roots Showing posted about the conference here and here.  Valerie of Begin with Craft also wrote about the Expo here, here and here.
  • Tune in to Geneabloggers Radio tonight – the topic is Celebrate Your Family in Film.  What a fun format to share your research!  I would love to do this someday.
  • Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy posted the coolest project she did with the help of her Flip-Pal.:)  I love it!!
  • Sheri, over at The Educated Genealogist posted about her Flip-Pal project too.  Her mom will be so excited.
  • Amy Coffin’s The Big Genealogy Blog Book is finally out.  Congrats Amy!
  • A very happy first blogiversary to Liz at My Tapley Tree…and its Branches!!  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Liz twice at conferences this past year and she’s so much fun!!!

And a few pictures…


  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - November 18, 2011 - 8:59 am

    Thanks for mentioning my first Flip-Pal project. I hope someone tries it out and posts a photo! Watch for more holiday gift ideas coming soon…ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 18, 2011 - 4:10 pm

      I’ll be checking back to see what other neat ideas you have! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lanctot - November 18, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Had such a good time at the conference, mostly due to the new friends I made! Sorry you weren’t able to make it this year.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Fenley - November 20, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    I am pleased you enjoyed the gift idea! Thanks for sharing it with everyone. Also that daughter of yours is beautiful! The twinkle in her eye suggests that she can be a handful at times I’ll bet LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Tapley - December 2, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    Jen, thank you so much for the shout out for my 1st blogoversary! It’s been a great year! Hope to see you at a third conference sometime soon!ReplyCancel

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I am very excited to begin research on my brother-in-law’s family.  It’s nice to have some new names to be searching for. :)

I was happy to find this application for a medical license on the Washington Digital Archives (I love that site!!).

Dr. Edwin Asbury Montague was my brother-in-law’s great-great grandfather.

I didn’t know what osteopathy was, so I looked it up:

Osteopathy is a system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts and cause many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques used in conjunction with conventional therapeutic procedures

  • Debi Austen - November 17, 2011 - 8:35 am

    I’m right near Tacoma if you need anything ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 17, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Thanks Debi!! I didn’t realize you were near Tacoma. My little brother lives in Tacoma and my parents are on Harstine Island. :)ReplyCancel

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