52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 29 Recap

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52ancestors-week29The first week of doing the weekly recap via the comments seemed to have worked! Thanks, everyone, for being flexible in this new way of doing it.

Be sure to take a look at the Week 28 recap and see all of the great posts listed there!

By the way, when you leave a link to your 52 Ancestors post, leave the URL for that specific post, rather than to your blog. For example, for my post about John McClelland, I would use the URL http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/retaliation-ohio-frontier-john-mcclelland/ rather than just http://www.nostorytoosmall.com. This is important because when people click through to read that specific post, they want to go right to it. If you’ve posted several things since then, it may not be at or near the top of your blog’s front page. Just something to think about.

Anyway, on with the recap! Leave your a comment with a link to your most recent 52 Ancestors post below.

52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 28 Recap

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52ancestors-week28Here it is — the first of the new way of doing the weekly recap. (Well, not totally new, as this is the way we did it in early June.) Due to the length of time it takes to put together the recap (several hours each week), I can’t put it together like I’ve done in the past and had to make a change. Hopefully this new way will work for everyone.

(No, there was no recap for Week 27.)

If you’re participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, please leave a link to your post from the last week in the comments below. I suggest you put the name of your ancestor in ALL CAPS to make it easier for others to scan through.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I realize that I’m still behind in posting my own ancestors! It might take me a couple of weeks, but I will get caught up.

And with that, let the posting begin :)

Changes to the Challenge

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52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksAs you might know, I’ve been contemplating some changes with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Specifically, what to do about the weekly recap. It takes several hours each week to compile and, though I enjoy doing it, I simply don’t have the time that I can devote to that.

Instead of me compiling the weekly recap, I’m going to do like I did while I was away in early June. I will publish a post each Wednesday morning and everyone can leave links to their 52 Ancestors posts in the comments.

Two suggestions when you leave a link:

  1. Put the surname in ALL CAPS to make it easier for people to scan through the comments. (You want to make it easy for cousins to find you!)
  2. If you have more than one post in a week, leave each link as a separate comment. My spam filter tends to put things with multiple links into the spam folder.

Thank you for understanding the need for this change. And keep writing! That’s what this is all about!

Decisions, Decisions

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I need to decide which way to go with this...

I need to decide which way to go with this…

I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to write this post. I was hoping that I was imagining things, but I know that I’m not.

You might have noticed two things here on No Story Too Small. First, I haven’t been posting anything except the weekly 52 Ancestors recap. (And in the last several weeks that I was posting something other than the recap, the only topic was my ancestor for that week.) Second, I’ve been routinely “late” with posting that recap. My self-imposed goal of posting it on Wednesday morning slipped into Wednesday evening and then Thursday…  Well, here it is Thursday night and, to be honest, I haven’t even started the recap.

I hate the idea of not doing the weekly recap. A lot of you have told me that you look forward to it every week and that you enjoy reading all of the stories that people post. I do, too! Several of you have even made connections with cousins you didn’t know you had before. (Me, too!)

But I also know that the recap takes several hours each week. I have a full-time job and several volunteer projects that I have obligations to. I have enjoyed putting together the first 26 recaps (well, 24 if you don’t count the two weeks I was on vacation and had people leave links in the comments). But as much as I’ve enjoyed it, it has absolutely consumed my available blogging time.

I hate the decision that I think I’m going to have to make.

I’m posting this not to elicit sympathy, but to be honest with all of you — my readers and the contributors to the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge — and to let you know that there may not be any more weekly recaps as they have been.

52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 26 Recap

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52ancestors-week26Week 26. You know what that means — We’re halfway there!!

I had another crazy week of travel. I was home for six days before I had to head to Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference and then to San Francisco for a couple of days in the office. I almost opted not to post a recap again this week, but it’s the halfway point of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks — how could I miss this recap?!

Though I didn’t miss the recap, I did miss posting my own ancestor… again. (sigh) I’m not setting a very good example.

Wishing everyone in the U.S. a very happy 4th of July! And here’s to the next 26 weeks of ancestors! May they be as full of discovery as the last 26!

52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 25 Recap

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52ancestors-week25I’m back! Thank you to everyone who posted their posts in the comments the last two weeks. I appreciate it. There was no way I could have done the recaps while I was gone.

This recap covers June 18-24.

Cathy Meder-Dempsey shared the story of Rachel Proffitt, a War of 1812 widow who struggled to receive her pension. Jackie Holloway told the tragic story of Henderson Crutchfield. Schalene Dagutis revealed that her ancestor who marriage happy. Speaking of being “marriage happy,” Colleen Greene’s great grandmother might have been a bigamist.

My two posts while I was away didn’t publish. (It might have had something to do with me not schedule it…) My #23 and #24 were Isaac and Margaret (Morrison) McKitrick. I have #25 (which should be this week’s) almost ready, but have not had a chance to put it together. Geez, now I’m behind in my own Challenge…

Isaac and Margaret (Morrison) McKitrick: 52 Ancestors #23 and 24

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I had originally set this to be two separate posts that would publish while I was gone. But since I forgot to actually schedule them, I’ve opted to combine these into one post. (I hate it when computers do what I tell them to rather that what I want them to do.) Without further ado, let me introduce you to one set of my 3rd-great-grandparents.

Isaac McKitrick was born in 1838, likely in Belmont County, Ohio, and was the son of John and Mary (Vaughn) McKitrick. Isaac was of the right age to be in the Civil War, but I have yet to find any service for him. (Still looking!)

On 21 October 1860, he married Margaret Morrison, daughter of John Morrison. Together, Isaac and Margaret had 10 children: Elmer, John, Lavada Jane (my 2nd-great-grandmother), Charles, William, Henry, Jacob, Margaret, Susan (“Susie”), and Mary.

Isaac died 26 March 1920 in Elyria, Ohio. Margaret died  14 April 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. Both are buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria.

Isaac and Margaret (Morrison) McKitrick with their daughter Susie.

Isaac and Margaret (Morrison) McKitrick with their daughter Susie.

I’m Back and With Stories to Tell!

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Seeing that your flight is on time is a good thing!

Seeing that your flight is on time is a good thing – especially when your layover is already 5 hours long.

You may have noticed a bit less activity over here on No Story Too Small lately. I’ve been traveling. I was fortunate enough to be able to go with my daughter on a WWII-themed tour through Europe that her college sponsored. We spent 12 days in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands (for about an hour!), Luxembourg (for about 2.5 hours!), and Germany. It was fantastic!

I’ll be sharing some stories in the near future. I’ll also be posting my 52 Ancestors posts that I forgot to schedule before I left ;)

It’s great to be back!