Friday, July 13, 2012


The print on the newsletters is very small.  Here are ways to read it better.

1. Right click on the page, and it will open in a viewing window.  Copy a page and take it to a word document and paste it in (also done with a righthand click to begin).  In the word document, if you click along the sides, blue dots will appear on the lines.  Put your cursor on the lower righthand corner and click on cursor to grasp the corner and pull downward and right to enlarge the page.

2. A second way is to go into the viewing screen and then click on the F-11 key along top of your keyboard to enlarge to full screen.  Click F-11 again to get out of that mode (go back to normal size) to reveal the command buttons that had disappeared when you went full screen.

3.  If you know of another way to increase the size, please comment below.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


FamilySearch, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been indexing the census as quickly as possible.  You can view the progress by clicking on this link and waiting until the flag colors change to individual states.

The church also sponsors a site where all census records are free as soon as they are indexed as well as a lot of other records.  Type into your Internet browser box, and click on Enter or Go.  The default is "Records," and this is a free search engine. Put your ancestor's name in the template and any information about birth or death date or marriage and locations.  You can also add a spouse.  Add this additional information by clicking on any of those words under the name box.  Then SEARCH.  The website will bring up any persons who match your request.  This could be census, death indexes, SSDI, or any other records that have been uploaded to this site.  Try the BOOKS button at the top to see what books are available digitally on this site on your ancestor.  Click on TREES to find the old Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File. Search CATALOG to find anything listed on your ancestor in the Salt Lake City Family History Library.

To sign in, establish an LDS Account (or for the public a FamilySearch Account) at the upper right-hand corner Sign In, and then you will be able to view any original records that are indicated on your person's record, like the census.  The use of this site is free, and it will not be too long until another button called Family Tree will appear on this site when you sign in.  It is the repository for all family history records preserved by the church, and it will be replacing

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


If you have not taken a look at Becky Barefoot's website of family genealogy, please do.  She is always willing to make corrections or add your lines if they are missing and you submit them.  While she features many of her family names on her website, she also has a large Barefoot Family section.  She is an excellent and precise researcher with documentation, and she probably has the most complete online Barefoot Family site. Here is just a teaser of the kinds of things you will find on her website:

"1. Samuel BAREFOOT. Documentary evidence, consisting of primary and secondary sources, exists proving my lineage from Benjamin Barefoot (see #4 below) forward. However, it is only a preponderance of evidence, based on geography, time and shared occupations, religions, etc., that leads me back one more generation to Samuel Barefoot.

I believe that Benjamin’s parents were Samuel Barefoot and Jean/Jenny Palmer. Samuel was found on the tax list for Union Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1759. The minimum age for inclusion for tax purposes was 21, making 1738 the latest he could have been born. His marriage to Jean/Jenny Palmer is confirmed through records for Amityville Church (later St. Paul’s – Reformed and Lutheran), Amity Township, Berks County, citing the christening of their son John, 16 October 1768. (Amity Township borders on Union and Douglas Townships in Berks County."

 Information quoted from Becky Barefoot's web site at

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


First on rt. - Barefoot, Black and red blouse June Hammer, Yellow on rt. Mary Ellen Young, tan T-shirt Penny Espenshade, blonde woman in brown blouse Mary Lou Campbell of Levi Barefoot, Green shirt with cane Fred Hott, behind him is the Strange family - Karen in gray, Hazel Sipe with white, Jeremy in white hat with Corinne Strange Yeager, Pam and Jim Strange in pink and white with hat, Sylvia Sonneborn in yellow with blue jeans and brother Bob Hott in red shirt beside her, Steph and Russel Barefoot in red and green, cannot identify others.
Kneeling - two Yeager children, Parker Hollist in green, Alana in pink, two Strange children, other two unknown, middle Gail Hott Prave in yellow seated in center, Betsy Hott Hawthorne seated in gray, and Mary Hott Hutchison seated in yellow on extreme right.  Behind Gail is her daughter Angela Prave Ryan in Steeler's shirt 92, Gail's grandson Luke Lamer in teal beside Ang, Gail's daughter Heather Lamer in brown and another grandson Ben Lamer in brown.  Man behind 92 John Ryan, and behind him Angela's son Nicholas Kitner in black.  In light blue Janet Robel, her husband Rayford behind her and Mike Barefoot in blue hat.  Diana White in green. Second row on right Suzan Hawthorne Hollist in red.  Behind Suzan her sister Billie Hawthorne Huff in flowered shirt and Barbara Hott (wife of Bob) in green and white dress.  Behind Billie Laura Huff with her baby girl Lola, unknown behind her, and Todd Huff in upper right corner.
Sitting children unknown, seared with crutches Bobbie Woodley, Carol Saylor all in white, and Dorothy Barefoot in tan shirt and black shorts, sitting on right.  Back to second row of standing people.  Next to lady in green her daughter Cindy Gage in orange, behind her Jennifer Woodley in sleeveless white shirt with big guy Steve College in white and in front of him Patty Jones.  White t-shirt and red pants Alan Scott (Carol's husband), Linda Eckenrod bonde with gray print sleeveless shirt and Shelby Hott next to her in gray sleeveless shirt, Ashley Hott in black T-shirt to her right and Becca Hott in black blouse.  Last row behind Linda is her husband Mike Eckenrod in white muscle shirt, John Hott in black, and Eric Hott in green and white Hawaiian shirt, Eric Eckenrod with long black hair (not visible except in next picture) and his dad David Eckenrod in gray muscle shirt (from WY).
Extreme right - Maryanne Hott in forest green with skirt, Vicki Erdley - our president in yellow, Clair Mock - oldest man with his daughter Elaine Sollengerger in red. Send me names of people I missed.  

2009 Entire Barefoot Clan pictured above with the addition of Jack Sonneborn on left (one photographer) and Marty Erdley on right in yellow shirt (the other photographer),  VP Mike Barefoot in the center has a wave for all of us.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Today this blogger turned 70.  I celebrated with my Monday night Family Home Evening Group and a few friends.  It was a nice, low-key dinner, and we all had a good time. As I arrive at this age, I am thankful for good health, a warm or cool home depending on the weather, my husband Jack and the improvement in his health, my son Patshal and wife Lisa, my only grandson William, good friends, my family, my church, and our cat Dexter.  The Lord has truly blessed us with the necessities of life. We are not wealthy but we are comfortable with what the Lord has given us. We also have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. I am also thankful for my lineage in this great Barefoot Family, and I am always impressed with the ways that the members of this clan have their hearts turned to their fathers. May we always revere those who came before us and made our sojourn upon this earth possible.
Jack and Sylvia Sonneborn

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Here it is - the 2012 Barefoot Family news.


OBITUARY (Received after printing of newsletter):


July 7, 2011

Kimberly B. Robel, at the age of 53, has passed from her Struggle with Pancreatic Cancer at 5:30 am, July 7th, 2011. Kim was at the time being well cared for at the Fort Myers Hope Hospice, where she was surrounded by her Husband, Son, (3) Sisters, Father & Attendant Family Members.

In the year of 1957, Kim was born Kimberly Ann Wellert as an identical twin, to Fredrick & Barbara Wellert, whereas she attended Lincoln Way H.S. in Chicago's South Side, New Lennox Area, and still holds a High Jump Record of over 30 years. Kim graduated, married, and had her Son, 'Albert' to Albert Beknke in 1978. Kim became involved in New Lennox Business, and rec'd accolades for her work with Frankfort Women's, Chamber of Commerce.

In 1990 Kim moved to Fort Myers with her son, where she met and engaged Greg Robel, a Local General Contractor. Kim immediately started and operated the 'Bloomin Nails' Nail Salon where she was proud to serve many Seasonal & Local Clients. Bloomin Nails was voted News Press' "BEST OF FT. MYERS NAIL SALONS" 9 of 10 years. The off year 'Bloomin Nails' was awarded 'Runner-Up'.

Kim Married Greg in June of 1996, has since become a Realtor for Amerivest Real Estate, and Thoroughly Enjoyed her Nail & Facial Services she provided at THE SPA, located at Tween Waters Resort in Captiva Island, where she utilized her many years of service in the industry.

Kim is survived by her Husband, Sister Lisa & Father whom all reside in Ft. Myers; her Son Al & His wife Breann now reside in Chicago; her Twin Kathy, 'older' sister Lynn whom both reside in Southern California; and numerous loving Nieces & Nephews from across America.

Kim would like you to know She LOVED her Family & Friends, and she would invite you to have a glass of wine in remembrance of her!!

A celebration of Kim's life will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:30 A.M. at the Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Info, call (239)334-4880.

Arrangements under the direction of Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Published in The News-Press on July 12, 2011  [Daughter-in-law of Janet Watkins Robel]

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Welcome to the Barefoot Blogspot.  Come look around and see all the information about the Barefoot Family that settled in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  The newsletter below is from the 2010 reunion, but it was published in 2011. If you are a genealogist, you will find the most recent obituaries that have been submitted to us or have been gathered by my sister Betsy Hawthorne.  In the newsletter, we try to publish social news, prizes,  treasurer's report, family history, letters from the clansmen, president's report, genealogy, and lots of good photos - old and new.  We meet at the Windber Recreational Park the first Sunday of August around noon.  We have a potluck dinner, which is always fabulous, and then a business meeting.  If you are part of our clan, join us. President of the reunion is Vicki Erdley - 2012.  

Barefoot Log Cabin

Barefoot Log Cabin

Old Photo of Barefoot Home

Old Photo of Barefoot Home
James Barefoot Log Cabin