Jennifer DePollo Horn, CJF, APF

Jennifer DePollo Horn is an amazing blacksmith. She began her metal working career in 1990 as a Farrier (horseshoer). Most people think Blacksmiths are horseshoers. Blacksmiths might sometimes also have horseshoeing in their skills but Farriers are the true equine podiatrists. The metal working skills are very similar, however shoeing horses is a highly detailed and very specialized skill. A Farrier has great responsibility for the health of the equine client. On the other hand Blacksmiths make tools, artistic and functional metal items. In about 2002, after 12 years of horseshoeing, Jennifer became interested in artistic blacksmithing.

Jennifer runs her own Farrier service and also operates a blacksmithing business through her “Daisy Hill Forge” ( Years ago Jennifer trained with passion and by passing a battery of tests became Michigan’s first female to achieve the status of Certified Journeyman Farrier. She has been an active member of the Michigan Horseshoers Association serving as Secretary, Vice-president and President. Jennifer is also a founding member of the national American Association of Professional Farriers and is an Accredited Professional Farrier. Although Jennifer’s primary Farrier business is in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan she travels throughout the entire State of Michigan for clients. She has also traveled internationally, worked with a Farrier in Italy, trained in the United Kingdom, gave training to veterinary students in the Virgin Islands and Universities in several States.

Recognizing that Farrier work is hard on the body Jennifer is becoming increasingly involved in artistic blacksmithing. Jennifer knows she will one day need to stop horseshoeing but wants to continue working with metal. Her custom made functional and artistic pieces have been sold throughout the States. Samples of her work can be found on both her website and her Facebook page.

Busy year planned…. come and visit Jennifer at one of these events:

Jennifer has been sought out as an instructor by a number of groups. The following is a list of the classes she is currently scheduled to give in 2019, if you have an interest in learning;

Tillers International Women’s Blacksmith Beginner Class April 6-7, 2019

Tunnel Mill School of Crafts End Table Workshop June 7-9, 2019

Shenandoah Valley Blacksmith Guild demonstration June 22, 2019

Rocky Mountain Smiths Conference August 7-11, 2019

Mid Atlantic Smith Association at the Tuckahoe Metalsmith Conference September 7-8, 2019

Arizona Artist Blacksmith demonstration September 21-22, 2019

New England School of Metal Workshop Projects for the developing Blacksmith October 1-4, 2019

Tillers International Women’s Blacksmith Beginner Class November 2-3, 2019

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DNA Test Results

We’re still hoping that those who have had a DNA test will share their results with us. There’s information that you may be overlooking! Most people browse through their online report looking for names they recognize. There is a lot more to analysis than simply locating familiar names. Give us help in expanding the analysis. So far we only have the results from one person’s 23andMe DNA test.

There are a number of DNA testing services and they do not share data with one another. One thing they do though is to sell test results to big pharmaceutical companies. We’re not sure that is a good thing!

Anyway, the results are constantly updated as new DNA submissions are made. That’s the reason they don’t mail reports to you. However with most services you should be able download a file that has the data that is currently available.

If you had a DNA test through Ancestry DNA here’s a link to instructions on how to download the raw data to a file that you could share with us. Click here for the instructions!

If you used 23andMe DNA testing you would use the Quick Links on the Home page to go to the section titled DNA Relatives. At the bottom of the page is a link that says ‘Download Aggregate Data’. Click that link and a text file will download with the listing of all the names that may have common DNA markers to you.

Other DNA services most likely have the same options to download data.

If you can send us a copy of the file you download it will help us to see if there are any names you overlooked, or names that are unfamiliar to you, that may be potential family connections.

If you are willing to participate please send your file download as an email attachment to

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Selfie Deaths Are an Epidemic

Selfie Deaths Are an Epidemic. A recent report found that 259 people died between 2011 and 2017 while stepping in front of the camera in often dangerous destinations. Our writer went deep on the psychology of selfies to figure out what’s behind our obsession with capturing extreme risk-taking. It began as retribution for a lost bet: in 2014, Gigi Wu, an experienced hiker from Taiwan, posed atop a snow-covered mountain, clad only in a bikini. The stunt resulted in a series of undeniably gorgeous photos. (read more by clicking  here: Outside Online)

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I’m Sorry

Please forgive me for the multiple emails on March 28th announcing a new Post about Angelo. I think most of you might have received 3 emails as only 1 person ‘reported’ having gotten 4 emails.

Two of the three notification emails had broken links in them. They were manually sent when it seemed that the automatic email did not got out. One of the two was supposed to be about Angelo and the other was supposed to have been about information on the 2019 reunion.

I use WordPress to create and manage this web site. WordPress makes use of various plug-ins to provide different features. The plug-in that I selected for automatic notification to subscribers when a new Post is made is partially at fault. The author of the plug-in has made numerous updates of the software ever since I first installed it.

When I originally installed the plug-in it seemed to do what was expected, automatically notify the followers of the website that a new Post had been published.

Over the past year there have been a few ‘hiccups’ and the plug-in failed to send out a notice of a newly published post. About a week ago a new Post had been made to provide some details about the 2019 Reunion in Thomas, WV. I never got a notification email about that Post. That alerted me, for you see, my email address is in the ‘audience’ list like everyone else. There had been a recent update of the plug-in. This new update led me to believe another ‘hiccup’ occurred. I didn’t have time to investigate as I was getting ready for a trip.

On March 28th I wanted to create a new Post about Angelo. I published the Post and then about 15 minutes later I checked my email for an announcement. I decided there was something wrong with the plug-in. This was the second time that no notification email was delivered. I began investigating.

The Bad, My Bad

I saw another possibility within the options menu for the plug-in. There was an option to create a ‘Campaign’ and then send a ‘blast’ immediately by clicking a ‘send immediately’ button. I wasn’t sure and thought maybe the latest update to the plug-in meant you had to use that option. I clicked the ‘create campaign’ button and followed the instructions right to the point of ‘send campaign blast immediately’. The plug-in reported that the ‘campaign’ had been successfully sent.

While I was still in the editor function for the web site I recalled the ‘reunion 2019 Post’ that apparently had not gone out. I decided to follow the same procedure and create a campaign for it. I again followed the instructions right to the point of ‘send campaign blast immediately’.

More than an hour had transpired so I went back to my email account. To my surprise the email that should have gone out automatically when the Angelo Post was first published was now in my InBox. Also in the InBox was an email announcement made by the Angelo ‘campaign’ that I had just created. However the ‘campaign’ email was faulty as it should have shown the title of the Post and should have had a link to the Post. It had neither. I don’t know but I may have messed up and not configured the ‘campaign’ correctly to make it show the Post title and Post link.

The ‘campaign’ for the 2019 reunion details never showed up in my email InBox, though it may have shown up for some of you. At this point I think perhaps the second ‘broken links’ email that said it was about Angelo was actually the Campaign that was supposed to be about the Reunion.

The plug-in is a bit cryptic due to it’s lack of clear instructions. Added to the lack of clear instructions is the fact that the editor interface changed from the way it was when I installed the original version of the plug-in.

As I said, I apologize that you may have received multiple emails for what seemed to be the same Post.

Ultimately, my motivation was being proud that my youngest grandchild was serving all of us by serving in the United States Marines and my concern for his safety now that he was being deployed.

If you haven’t already figured out how to check ALL the Posts that have been published you can go to and choose Posts from the tabs at the top of the page.

p.s. This Post never went out with an automatic notice as far as I can tell! It should have which is frustrating, but I’m not going to create a Campaign and do that again!

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Keep Safe

On March 9th Angelo was home for a pre-deployment leave

Angelo DePollo, Our United States Marine

Angelo has worked hard, trained well and advanced in the United States Marines. Today he’s going into the next phase of military service and will be putting all the training into effect. We pray to the Lord that he will safely return home after his tour of duty.

Please join us and say a few prayers for Angelo’s safety while on his tour of duty.

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Revised 2019 Reunion Survey

A couple problems with the first release of the 2019 Reunion Survey Post resulted in this updated version. There should no longer be an issue with entering your email address. Sorry for the error, Please report any problems and we’ll try to correct it.

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Working with John Holt on the Felix Powell (Feliciano DiPaolo) branch of this family revealed an interesting story to share. It’s called THE HOUSE and was written by Mary Ann (Card) Powell the wife of Felix Powell (Feliciano DiPaolo). We’ve presented “THE HOUSE” here for your enjoyment.

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