First of all, I’d like to look back on last year’s goals and see what I accomplished in 2011 (and in many cases, what I didn’t accomplish!):

  1. DAR Membership: I think that I have finally gathered all of my needed documentation.  I now need to print out my information on the fancy paper, send my application in, and keep my fingers crossed that I get approved!! I was close to getting my DAR paperwork finished.  I made copies of needed documents.  Then we moved from Savannah to El Paso and I put it on the back burner.  I attended a DAR meeting here in El Paso a couple of months ago, and I plan on pursing this before we move yet again in June.
  2. I plan on getting a month-long Genline membership and working on my Swedish roots for a while. The records here are great and I know that there are ancestors just waiting to be found!  I didn’t get a Genline membership, because Ancestry ended up having the Swedish records I needed.  I worked on my Swedish line for about a month last year, especially tracing the life of my great-great grandfather, Carl Magnus Klarstrom and his children.
  3. Get John Edwards’ Civil War Pension File.  I’ve just sent a letter to the VA and am hoping that I receive a response sometime in 2011!!  I may need to  call and remind them that I’m waiting.  It’s been about 8 years since I originally ordered it from the NARA and I WANT THAT PENSION!! I won’t take no for an answer.  I just FINALLY received the pension in the mail a few days ago.  I’ll be posting about that later this week.
  4. Find out what happened to Ella Jane Hattery (my 2nd great grandmother).  I need to do some serious research on her.  I am going to try tracking down some living relatives that might be able to answer some of my many questions about her very interesting life. I made a little headway on my very elusive great-great grandmother.  I found a couple of more marriages for her, but I still don’t know when or where she died.  I’m hoping that the 1940 census will give me some much needed clues this year.
  5. Find out what part of Kentucky John Robertson was from.  I need to take the information I learned about researching common names and apply it to this problem.  Searching for John Robertson in Kentucky, before 1850 is going to be difficult, but I think that I can do it! I found out that John Robertson is most likely from Breckenridge County, KY.  Still need to pursue this though.
  6. Attend the NGS Conference in May and learn a lot of new things to help me in my research. I went to the NGS Conference in Charleston and had a blast!!
  7. Write out my children’s birth stories, before they end up being distant memories. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get around to doing this.
  8. Interview my parents about their early lives – and actually take notes or record them this time. Nope.
  9. Start researching my brother-in-law’s family in earnest.  I’m excited about doing some Italian research! I did begin research on my brother-in-law’s line and it’s been a lot of fun starting with some new names.
  10. Contact my Papa’s 2 living siblings.  See if they might have any old pictures or stories they are willing to share. No.
  11. Find out how to access the Leavenworth County, KS probate records and order/search for John C. Davidson’s will (and other Davidson family members also). I found that the probate records are available through the Family History Library and I’m hoping to order them at my local Family History Center. 
  12. Talk my husband into taking another genealogy-related trip somewhere.  Maybe back to Virginia?  New Jersey?  Missouri?  Iowa? I’m not sure where yet.   We’re moving to El Paso this summer and we’ve decided that we’re stopping in Maine on the drive over.  We are the only people I know that could possibly fit Maine into a trip from Georgia to Texas. The possibilities for genealogical stops are endless…  I did manage another genea-trip.  I went to Woolwine, Va and found my ancestors’ gravestones.  Then I did research in Washington, Keokuk, Mahaska, and Ringgold counties Iowa. 
  13. Do a cemetery census of the Ulrich Cemetery in Douglas County, KS.  Take pictures of all of the stones and rubbings where necessary. I guess I ultimately failed in this goal.  I went to the cemetery and took pictures of my husband’s ancestors’ gravestones.  I also took pictures of many of the other stones in the cemetery, but I didn’t to a census of the entire cemetery.
  14. And finally (and this is a huge one) get all of the info I have in my big Rubbermaid container actually entered into my computer program so that I don’t waste my precious time by searching for it again. It didn’t happen, but I have started.  I’ve been scanning and then entering in data and will continue until it’s done!

And here are my goals for 2012 (some will be last year’s goals that I didn’t finish):

  1. Scan, scan, scan.  I want to get all of my documents (including about 10 Civil War pensions) digitized.
  2. Enter, enter, enter.  I also need to get all of those documents entered into Legacy.
  3. DAR membership.  I hope to get this done before we move from El Paso.  If not, then I will get started on it at our next duty station.
  4. Write out each of my children’s birth stories.
  5. Interview my parents, my husband’s parents, and my aunts and uncles to glean further family stories and details about relatives I never met.
  6. Continue researching my brother-in-law’s family and be able to give him a nice report on his line by next Christmas.
  7. Put together a “book” for family about the descendants and ancestors of Nicanor Gonzalo Sanchez-Tereso.
  8. Make another genea-trip this year.  This is all going to depend on where we’re moving to in June (and we wont’ know where we’re going for a few months).  I will most likely make a stop along the way if I can.  Places I’d like to go: Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Virginia, New York, or maybe even Salt Lake City.
  9. Attend local genealogy meetings regularly.
  10. Find out what happened to my great-great grandmother, Ella Jane Hattery.  Hopefully the 1940 census will give me some clues.
  11. Keep up with my genea-blogging on a regular basis.
  12. Organize my digital pictures and documents.  Make back-ups of them.  Share them with family.
  13. Start a research log and fill it throughout the year.
  14. Continue to work on my Swedish line – search through the parish records to find further ancestors.
  15. Attend a conference of some sort – that will all depend on where we’re living and if I have child care.:)
  16. Become a Find a Grave volunteer and take some pictures for people who request it.
  17. Do some indexing on FamilySearch.

I think that sounds like enough to keep me busy this year!!


  • Diane Boumenot - January 1, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    What a nice post! Your goals were ambitious but of course life does have a way of intervening. I’m jealous of the NGS trip. One of these years, I’ll make it. best wishes – DianeReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 1, 2012 - 2:04 pm

      Thanks Diane!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ellen Aube - January 1, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    I aplaude your goals. Hope you can finish them! I went to the NGS conference in Charlestown. Was’t it wonderful? I hope to go to one in a couple of years. Again I really enjoy your blog. Mary Ellen AubeReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 1, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    You were busy in 2011, Jen, and it looks like 2012 will be another firecracker of a year! I hope you get stationed somewhere near one of your ancestor’s stomping grounds! You’ll do great. No doubt!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - January 3, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    I’m sad to hear that you’ll have to PCS again…such work! But there is nothing quite like the adventure of a new duty station. Have you checked out the Midwest Genealogy Center’s collection for your midwestern roots? It’s in Kansas City and I’m always looking for a reason to get there…let me know if you find anything. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 3, 2012 - 9:16 pm

      Yes, PCSing is a LOT of work, but we’re looking forward to a new adventure. I just wish we actually knew where we’re going to be moving – we probably won’t find out until April.ReplyCancel

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I hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas and got to spend a lot of quality time with their families.  I’ve enjoyed having my husband at home and taking a break from homeschooling the kids.  Today we’re heading to White Sands – and we’re going to do some sand sledding!!  Doesn’t it sound like fun?  I really miss the beach, so I’m going to pretend that there is water just past one of the sand dunes.:)

Here are my favorite finds from this week:

And a few pictures from this past week.  We had a White Christmas Eve here in El Paso and then the day after Christmas we had a nice comfortable day at the zoo.  Crazy weather.:)

  • Nancy - December 30, 2011 - 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the links. I haven’t been able to keep up with my reading over the holidays so it’s great to see what other people recommend. Your photos are fabulous!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 31, 2011 - 12:02 am

      Thanks Nancy. :)ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Rogers - January 3, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    Just saw your mention of my story on the Trenton Insane Asylum – thanks for the shout out, Jen! Happy New Year! Teresa Wilson RogersReplyCancel

  • Denise Hibsch Richmond - January 6, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Thanks for the favorite about the Trenton Insane Asylum. I will read it with interest because I have an ancestor who lived in the Athens Insane Asylum in Ohio for 3 decades. I’m researching its history and her admission.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Goodrum - January 6, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Moving again in June??? We had better get busy. hehehe

    PS I love the picture of the snowman!ReplyCancel

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My great-grandfather, Theodore Sanchez, was a barber by trade.

This is a picture I made a copy of when I was visiting my grandfather a number of years ago and of course I didn’t make any notation of where this shop was or who is in the picture.  My grandpa has since died and I don’t know who has the original of this pic – and if it might have writing on the back of it.  I really make myself mad sometimes.

Anyway, I’m assuming that this was his barber shop, or one he worked in.  I’m just not sure of when it may have been taken and where it is located – in Minnesota or Washington. Any ideas on the time period?

That is not Theodore standing in the front, that I know.  He might be the one standing in the background, but I’m not sure.  I’m sharing this with family in hopes that they might have some answers.

If nothing else, this is a neat picture of an old barber shop.:)

  • Debi Austen - December 28, 2011 - 8:17 am

    That is a GREAT picture! I hope you’re able to learn more about it.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - December 28, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    My grandfather was also a barber. He began barbering in the mid-1910s in Steubenville, Ohio. We have no photos of the shops he worked in at the beginning of his career so your photos makes me wonder if he worked in a shop like this one. Thanks for sharing the photo.ReplyCancel

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First of all, I’d like to say that I did not take this picture. I simply scanned it.  This was definitely taken in the days before digital photography – otherwise whoever had taken this would have immediately known that they didn’t center the gravestone in this picture.  I have to work with what I have though.  Someday, when I visit Sioux City again, I”ll make sure that I take a new picture.:)

Harry C. Robertson was my great-grandmother Marie Robertson Thornton’s older brother.  He fought in World War I received a Purple Heart.

Unfortunately, his dates are not visible in this picture.  What I can read is:

Harry C Robertson

He was born 3 Nov 1892 in Avoca, Iowa and died 21 Jul 1968 in Sioux City, IA.

He is buried in Cavalry Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.

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Jeremiah Wade was my 6th great-grandfather. I found his will on my trip through Bedford County, VA in 2010.

I love how clear this document is – nothing is faded, it’s written in large lettering, and it’s so easy to read! If only all of the wills I have could be so simple.:)

The only thing that disappoints me about this will is that he doesn’t list out his children – he simply wanted an equal division amongst his children.

The transcription follows the images.  I hope there is another Wade researcher out there that will find this useful!

In the Name of God Amen I Jeremiah Wade of Bedford County being verry Sick and Weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to God for it – and knowing that it is appointed Once for all men to Die do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament, first I give and Recomend my Sole into the hands of Almighty God that gave, and my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Desent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Exetors. and for my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath plesed God to Bless me with in this Life I give and Bequeath as followeth, But first my Will and Desire is that my Just Debts Shall all be Paid and then an Equal Division made among my Children and I doe appoint Richard Ballanger, James Hilton and Natha N. Hilton to be my Exetors. to pay my Debts + Receive what is due to me and this I ordain my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I hearunto I have Set my hand Seal this Eight Day of July 1772

Abraham Ervine
Jesse Hilton
Elizabeth Mitchell}              Jeremiah Wade [seal]


At a Court held for Bedford County September 28th 1772 This Last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Wade Dec’d was Proved by the oaths of Abraham Ervine and Jesse Hilton and Ordered to be Recorded, and on the Motion of James Hylton one of the Executors therein Named who made Oath thereto Certificate is Granted him for obtaining Probate thereof in Due form, giving Security.  Whereupon he Together with Guy Smith his Security entered into and Acknowledged their Bond in the Penalty of Two Hundred and fifty Pounds for the Said James Hyltons due and faithfull administration of the Said Decedents Estate and Performance of his Will, Liberty being Reserved to the other Exers. named in the said Will to Join in the Probate thereof when they shall think fit.
Jas Steptoe Cl.: [?]

  • Alex Daw - January 1, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    What a beautiful will indeed. Thanks for posting this image and indeed for posting. I almost gave up on amenuensis thinking that I didn’t have anything I could post. Now you’ve given me an idea.ReplyCancel

  • TC Leavitt - February 10, 2013 - 9:30 am

    Your ancestor, Jeremiah Wade, resided on property our family owns. There is a chimney located on the property with the initials: J.S.W.. A cabin, still in use as my husband’s pottery outlet store, dates to 1825. I have begun researching the Wade family to discern more information about the house/chimneys and land. I have reviewed several land transfer records in the Bedford County Courthouse pertaining to the Wade family and their land transfers. A Wade Family cemetery is also located on our property, with birth dates noted in mid-19th century and several stone grave markers. If you are interested in images showing the carved initials or cemetery headstones, please email:

  • K.Crisp - June 2, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    Jeremiah Wade is my husband’s 6th great grandfather. I have been doing research for him as he knows little about that part of his family. His grandfather, Henry Richard Wade died when my husband was 5 years old, and never really got to know him. I have been telling my husband everything I have found and he is thrilled. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing this information!ReplyCancel

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