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A Family

The next few years were spent getting to know people.  There was the day my dad's older sister came to the house.  She was the first one we connected with.  She lived only two hours away.  She didn't tell us her last name or any personal information.  Everyone was scared.  What will they think of us?  Will they want something from us?  And then she walked in the door and 45 years of separation started to melt away - awkwardly at first, but then in front of me I saw a 14 year old girls who…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on November 25, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Phishing, do you know what it is? or does?


  Today, Shirley Becker gave a small presentation on phishing. Telling members what damage it can do and what to look for in your emails or phone calls.  Remember a bank will never email you data a Phishing person asks, if in doubt, first always call the bank and ask. I myself have never found the bank to do this and they say it is not their policy  to email you for the types of information Phishing people ask.

  1. You can call your bank and verify if they…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 19, 2014 at 5:27pm — No Comments

It Is You!

After my dad said "Is it you," there was silence.  I don't think it was probably more than a couple of seconds, but it felt like days.  And then I heard something amazing.  "Oh my God, Terry, how the hell are ya?"  Guess what?  Terry had been in contact with everyone?  For twenty years!  I spoke with Terry that night, which, by the way, was a feeling I can't put into words.  He told me he heard dad say "My name is Jerry," and he didn't hear anything else.  He knew it was his brother.  By the…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on November 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

"What did I collect as a youth?", Randy Seaver Asked.

  What did I collect as a youth?, is more like what did  I  not collect.  First it was Butterflies. I had 7 boards of butterflies.'

  Then I have always collected rocks, ie gems, minerals and those types of things. I even when an adult learned to cut, 

  polish and mount some of my collection.  Did you know you can once in a long while find a rough diamond at the 

  beach?  My Uncle found on on Stinson Beach in the 1950's.  Therefore I also collected sea…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 16, 2014 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Is It You

My dad's next trip was to the Annie Wittenmyer Home.  It had not been an orphanage for many years and had been turned into a library.  Dad walked the grounds and pointed out which dormitory was his and which was his brother's and sisters'.  He reminisced, not fondly, about the house mothers.  They went inside and asked if there was anything left from the orphanage days.  There was one, small file with a notebook in it.  Every year, the home held a reunion for former kids and employees.  In…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on November 15, 2014 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Adoption Law

I have to start by saying I understand the premise of adoption law.  It protects birth parents, adoptive parents and children.  It has, however, become the bane of my existence.  A very nice lady named Kim, who worked in the adoption office verified that she was looking at my dad's file.  She verified there was information on all seven children.  She read some basic, descriptive information - my grandfather was a tall, angular man -  just enough to leave us wanting more before adoption law…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on November 15, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

The Unexpected

Fast forward to 2001.  I have graduated from college and moved back home.  I was working full-time.  All of the sudden my dad ends up in emergency heart surgery.  Always a fast healer, he bounced back fairly quickly.  I've always heard that being faced with your own mortality can change your life, but I was hoping he'd quite smoking, eat healthier, etc.  I had no idea his surgery would change his MIND.  One day, out of the blue and very matter of factly, he says "I'm going to find my…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on November 14, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Silas Jones SR and Susannah Sweet Jones Family Kin


New information has been shared about this lovely family. If you have seen his home in Rhode Island you would be amazed with it's size and quality. He even imprinted his initials in the chimney of the house. You can still see it today.

A distant cousin shared some great information on the JONES lineage from Christopher Jones Jr down and we are looking for other descendants to help fill in the blanks.  

In case you think  you may be related do…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 13, 2014 at 6:44pm — No Comments

The Very Beginning (I promise this will eventually be about genealogy)

I don't remember not knowing my dad was adopted.  I don't remember an earth-shattering revelation that my grandparents were not my grandparents.  I vaguely remember my dad explaining what "adopted" meant, but it didn't seem like a big deal.  If you asked him, my dad would tell you the very few things he remembered about his siblings and his dad, his grandmother and step-grandfather and that he remembered almost nothing about his mom, except that she was hardly ever around.  Here are a few of…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on November 13, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

National Genealogical Society Announces Full Program for the 2015 Family History Conference St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015 Crossroads of America

Press Release

Contact: Courtney Holmes

Phone: 703-525-0050 ext. 221                                                                                                                                                                                                                       …


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on November 12, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Blessed Veteran's Day to all Veteran's

This is to wish all Veteran's of all services, a Blessed Veteran's Day and life.

Our family is Military orientated since the pre Rev War time, down to current members of today.

Blessings to all.

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 11, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments





The founder members are delighted to announce the launch of…


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on November 10, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

More unknown possible relatives

Here's another photo from my grandmother's house.  I believe these people where somehow related to my great-grandparents Janos Peto and Esther Liska or maybe just friends. …


Added by Susan Crayne on November 8, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

Alicia Elkort’s Poetic Memoir Of Our Grandparents – “Apricot Preserves”

My grandmother used to make these amazing cookies for special occasions. They are called Franz Joseph Cookies and supposedly took their name from the famous Emperor of Austria. I’m not really sure the back story on how my grandma got this recipe but it was a family favorite and one that had great pomp and circumstance around the making of the cookies. She resisted giving the recipe to anyone for many years and finally when she was well into her late 80s, she gave me the recipe. When I make…


Added by Stefani Twyford on November 7, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

I'm new to the site - please help

I have a few family pictures that I was able to scan after the passing of my Mother. However, she was the last living member of her family that would know anyone in the photos. They are not labeled and I would like to ask if anyone recognizes anyone in the photos.

Added by Charles M Snyder on November 6, 2014 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

WikiTree Makes Finding Relationships with DNA Matches Easier


Contact: Eowyn Langholf,



WikiTree Makes Finding Relationships with DNA Matches Easier


6 November 2014: Today is announcing two…


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on November 6, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

More on Family Traditions and Events-- Voting

  Since women could not vote for a very long time in our current society, I want to ask you, "Do You Vote"?

  Some blogging people on Facebook today on the far east coast were mentioning the young and some of the very old whom have trouble attempting to get to the polls and vote on meaningful subjects or even caring.  

  Decided that  voting was my topic for today.  Does your family or did your family keep you informed of voting practices and topics that would affect…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 4, 2014 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Does Your Faith Dictate What You Do At Halloween? All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day?


  We have lost what it came from and we are probably lost on where we are going.  In the 1950's and later 

 religion played a much stronger role in the up coming holidays.  We were taught Halloween or Holy Evening came to scare away the evil spirits from the graves of our fallen members.  We celebrated All Saint's Day the following morning and All Soul's Day the day after that.  

  Trusting that the costumes and pranks ( innocent ones) were enough to scare…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 31, 2014 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments

A.J. Jacobs To Speak at RootsTech 2015

World’s Largest Family History Conference Meets

the World’s Largest Family Reunion

A.J. Jacobs wants to meet thousands of his cousins at RootsTech

A.J. Jacobs Joins RootsTech 2015 SALT LAKE CITY, 29 October 2014—The host of the world’s largest family reunion is coming to the world’s largest family history conference.…

Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on October 29, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

Reminisces On My Recent Trip to Turkey

I just took a look at my blog this morning and realized it’s been almost 4 months since I wrote anything. My commitment has always been to try for twice a month and I have alerts set on my calendar to remind me of that commitment.

I think that after finishing my documentary and screening it at the end of May, I was just pretty wiped…


Added by Stefani Twyford on October 29, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments



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