Howdy from Texas! I’m at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio. I hope to see a lot of you here this week!
Before you head out to the wonderful sessions (and food!) in San Antonio, do two things:
- Leave a comment below with the link to the 52 Ancestors post you did this week
- Check out the great posts that were done last week
The summer has flown by. Kids are already back in school and the days are noticeably shorter. Even the weather around here feels more like fall than summer. (I am not complaining about that!)
How’s the Challenge going for you? I will admit that I am horrendously behind — not a good thing for the challenge organizer to be!
Leave a link to your most recent 52 Ancestors post in the comments below. And for some great reading, check out last week’s contributions! There continues to be good stuff written every week!
I’m not sure which is weirder — the fact that it is August 13 and I have my office window open (a rare occurrence this time of year in the Midwest) or that kids are going back to school. Where did this summer go?
This past week has certainly flown by. it’s already time for the next round of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks! As we’ve been doing, leave a comment below with a link to your post. Also include the name of the ancestor you wrote about — it makes it easier for people to scan through.
There were lots of great posts linked on the Week 31 recap. Be sure to check those out.
I have a question for everyone. How did it get to be August already?!
It was great seeing so many of you in Indianapolis at Midwestern Roots last weekend. Hope to see several more at the FGS conference in San Antonio at the end of the month… which will be here before you know it.
Be sure to check out the Week 30 recap. Lots of great stories added last week!
Quick reminder — when you leave the link to your 52 Ancestors post, include the link to the actual post, not just to your blog. Sure, that post is at the top of the page now, but it won’t always be. Make it easy for your cousins to find you
Week 30 – can you believe it?!
Leaving links to the posts in the comments seems to be working well. Let’s keep it up.
As for my posts, life has continued to be very hectic. All good, just busy. In fact, I’m heading to Indianapolis this weekend for the Midwestern Roots conference, where I will be presenting a workshop on using Ancestry.com and 4 lectures (“Finding Females,” “How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor,” “Final Residences: Researching Cemeteries,” and “Researching Your Civil War Ancestor on Fold3.” I hope to see you there! (And I hope to be back to writing next week. So much to write about!)
Also, be sure to go back to the Week 29 recap to see all of the posts that were written last week. Who knows — you might find a cousin or two in there!
Leave a link to your 52 Ancestors Challenge post from this week in the comments below.
The 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.
Here 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
As 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:
- 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!)
- 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!
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.
Week 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!
- ACKERMANN – “Barbara Ackermann – A Clue From a Postcard” by Cheryl Biermann Hartley on My Search for the Past
- ALLEN – “Peter B. Allen” by Kay on Relative Storyboards
- ATKINSON – “Pennsylvania Death Certificates on Ancestry.com for My Paternal Great-Grandfathers” (George Andrew Atkinson and Charles Edgar Fife) by Cherie Atkinson Clark on Still Digging for Roots
- BASSETT – “Why Did William Bassett Leave Keene?” by Vera Marie Badertscher on Ancestors in Aprons
- BATCHELDER – “The Original Bachelor?” (Nathaniel Batchelder) by Pam Carter on My Maine Ancestry
- BEAMAN – “John Beaman” by Bill West on West in New England
- BIANCHI – “Josephine Bianchi Bridy” by Eileen A. Souza on Old Bones Genealogy
- BIERMANN – “John Joseph Biermann – Born on the 4th of July (Almost)” by Cheryl Biermann Hartley on My Search for the Past
- BLAIN – “Alam and Catharine (Read) Blain” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- BLANDFORD – “Patience Blandford” by Janet Iles on Janet the Researcher
- BLORE – “How Many Williams Do You Need to Prove a Point?” (William Blore) by Simon on The Branches of My Tree
- BOWEN – “Donald Eugene Bowen II” by Carol on Reflections From the Fence
- BRAMLETT – “Reuben Bramlett of Illinois” by Niki Davis on Rooted in Foods
- BRODERICK – “Detective Leo William Broderick” by Cindi on My Moynahan Genealogy Blog
- BROWN – “Catherina Brown” by Janet Iles on Janet the Researcher
- BRUCE – “Robert Bruce I, King” by Kessara on Of Loons and Lady Slippers
- BRYAN – “Alcinda Alexander Bryan Hodges: Member of the RLDS Church” by Cathy Sowders Fern on Remember Me – Heritage From the Past
- BRYAN – “Hugh McCloud Bryan – A General’s Namesake” by A.R. Dotson on The Genearchaeologist’s Field Notebook
- BRYAN – “Will the Real John Bryan Step Forward…” by Jeanne Bryan Insalaco on 52 Week Ancestor Challenge
- BUDNY – “Feliks Budny” on Trace Your Genealogy
- BUSTER – “James Jarman Buster” by Terri on Genealogy Junkie – All Roads Lead to Arkansas
- CAMPION – “Elizabeth Campion 1833-1899 Canada” by Celia Lewis on Twigs and Trees
- CELMIŅŠ – “Dāvis Celmiņš” on Discovering Latvian Roots
- CHRISTIE – “Alexander Christie” by Jillian Glover on My Ain Folk
- CLONCH – “William Clonch abt. 1807-1863” by Cathy Meder-Dempsey on Opening Doors in Brick Walls
- COMER – “Christopher Comer & Family” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- COUVENT – “Anne Couvent, Not Convent” by Yvonne Demoskoff on Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog
- DAVIS – “Charles Davis” by Donna Brown on DonnaB’s Weblog
- DAY – “Clyde Walter Day and Mamie McAninch Day” by cosmokids on Our Family Tree Tales
- DE BONNEVIE – “Jacques ‘dit Beaumont’ de Bonnevie, Acadian From Paris” by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained
- DINGLE – “Edward Carter Dingle – He Went Into the Family Business” by MaeveM on From My Material Stash
- DOTY – “Albert Doty and the Girl Next Door” by Barbara DiMunno on Barb’s Family Stories
- DUCKWORTH – “Felix Leroy Duckworth” by Laura Johnston on Getting Started in Genealogy
- FARKAS – “Bachelor Brothers Julius and Peter Farkas in WWI” by Marian Burk Wood on Climbing My Family Tree
- FISHER – “Rebecca Annabel Fisher, ‘Aunt Annie’” by Brenna G. on Green Family Archives
- FLORES – “Jose Manuel Marcelino Flores descended from Spanish explorers” by Judy Everett Ramos on Fort Worth Genealogy Examiner
- FOLEY – “Gertrude Ellen (or Ellen Gertrude) O’Neill (nee Foley) 1898-1962” by Ian Hadden on Ian Hadden’s Family History
- FROMAN – “The Forgotten Son: Adam Froman” by Nancy on My Ancestors and Me
- FROST – “Part 2 of ‘Where Are the Søren’s?’ The Search for My Great Grandmother’s Twin, Søren Peter Thomsen Frost (1883-?)” by famfinder4 on The Stories Found Among the Leaves
- GATES – “Abigail (Gates) Seaver (1797-1867)” by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings
- GERSBACHER – “John Gersbacher, ‘Street Angel, House Devil’” by Beth Gatlin on So Many Ancestors
- GILBERT – “Martha Gilbert” by Catherine Pendleton on The Pendleton Genealogy Post
- GLOVER – “James E. Glover, Customs Man AKA Grandad” by Lynne Black on starryblackness
- GOODBODY – “Rose Maria Goodbody (5 January 1855 – 1921)” by belleek on Rosneath
- GRAHAM – “Denis Graham, a Link to the Past” by Tim Graham on Photo Restorations by Tim G.
- GRANT – “Sir Duncan le Grant, 1st Laird of Freuchie” by Ray Nichols on Questions and Ancestors
- GUNTHER – “Geraldine Gunther Parry” by Eileen A. Souza on Old Bones Genealogy
- HAINS – “A Beginner’s Blunder” (John Hains) on Passage to the Past’s Blog
- HAIRSTON – “Vinson Hairston” by Diana on Moments in Time
- HAYWOOD – “Elijah C. Haywood” by Carla Wallain Davis on My Genealogical Journey
- HERMANS – “More from Jessie Hermans Watson” by Brad on Montanatude
- HOCKER – “Mary Ann Hocker (1834-1903)” by Kris Hocker on /genealogy
- HOSKINS – “Mary Rowena Hoskins” by Kay on Relative Storyboards
- HUMPHREYS – “Elizabeth Humphreys (abt 1820-1886)” by Jen Smart on Jen’s Genealogy Pages
- HUNTING – “John Hunting” by Bill West on West in New England
- JAQUEZ – “Alejandrino J. Jaquez” on The Ancestry Angel
- JAMIESON – “William Duncan Jamieson” by Sharon Simms on 52 Ancestors – 52 Weeks
- KEEN – “Mary Anna Keen Weber: A Life Lived in Large Families” by Nancy Niehaus Hurley on Indiana Ties
- KERR – “Because the ‘Joe Kerr’ Was His Cousin” by Elizabeth Richards on Scrapping My Family History
- KERR – “Margaret Kerr McBride, Strength Defined” by Sally Knudsen on SallySearches
- KINNICK – “Walter Watson and Mary Estelle (Simmons) Kinnick” by Dr. Bill Smith on Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
- KIRKPATRICK – “John Kirkpatrick” by The Down East Genealogist on Pine Trees and Pedigrees
- KRING – “Charles and Paul Arthur Kring of Fort Scott Kansas” by Paul on Ups and Downs of Family History
- LEBAS – “Abraham Lebas” by Marine S. on Dans les branches [in French]
- LIGHTHILL – “Mr. (and Mrs.?) Thomas Lighthill” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- LINNABARY – “Henry Linnabary” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- LINVILLE – “Robert Lee Linville” by Ray Nichols on Questions and Ancestors
- LOGUE – “Daniel A. Logue – Living Here in Allentown” by Patricia Rohn on Shaking the Tree
- LOWE – “Henry Lowe” by Marcy Belles on My Family & Memories
- LUCEY – “James Lucey and Cocheco Bottling Works” by Dave Lucey on The eLuceydator
- MARA – “WWI and PFC William James Mara” by Colleen Greene on Colleen & Jeff’s Roots
- MEGQUIER – “Arvilla Megquier McIntire (1875-1945)” by Pam Schaffner on Digging Down East
- MILLS – “Hung as a Tory – Colonel Ambrose Mills 1722-1780” by Beverly McGowan Norman on Roots, Branches and a Few Nuts
- MOORE – “Emily Moore Letters from the 1800s” by Barbara Murphy on My Family’s Branches and Twigs
- MORRIS – “Eleanor Nelly Morris Mills 1739-1833” by Beverly McGowan Norman on Roots, Branches, and a Few Nuts
- MOYNAHAN – “Kent County (Ontario) Moynahan Ancestors” by Cindi on My Mounahan Genealogy Blog
- MUIR – “Not Likely to Become an Efficient Soldier” (James Muir) by Schalene Dagutis
- NELEN – “John Nelen” by Jessica Carlson on Carlson and Carrico Family History
- NORTH – “Fredrick Harrison North and Emma Olga Hroch” by cosmokids on Our Family Tree Tales
- O’DONNELL – “Henry O’Donnell – Died on the 4th of July (Heat Exhaustion)” by Cheryl Biermann Hartley on My Search for the Past
- PACE – “My Husband’s Mother Fixed Her Husband Up With Her Best Friend” (Betty Pace Greene) by Colleen Greene on Colleen & Jeff’s Roots
- PALMER – “Doris Jennie Palmer Norton – Happy (Belated) Birthday!” by J.E. Brooks on Brooks/Norton Beginnings
- PARRISH – “John Parrish” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- PATE – “Moses Eddie Pate” by Minnie Becton on How Did I Get Here” From African to North Carolina
- PETHERICK – “Thomas Petherick (1823-1907)” by Kirsty Gray on Family Wise Ltd.
- PILLSBURY – “Susan A. Pillsbury Bergadeen, Long-time Mitchell County, Iowa Resident” by Denise Hibsch Richmond on Denise Digs Roots
- PITRE – “Hilaire Pitre (1817/8 – 1902) Farmer, Carpenter and Store Merchant” by Linda Albert on My Acadian Roots
- PREVITTE – “Sarah Jane Previtte McCall” by Charlie Purvis on Carolina Family Roots
- RANDOLPH – “Peyton Randolph, Marked for Death by the British for His Role in the Continental Congress” by Helen Holshouser on Heart of a Southern Woman
- SCHNEIDER – “Gladys Schneider” by Caroll on Trace Your Genealogy
- SHIFLETT – “Burton Shiflett” by Wendy on Jollett Etc.
- SHRIVER – “Mariah (Maria) Shriver” by Cindy Freed on Genealogy Circle
- SKINNER – “The End of the mtDNA Line” (Susan (Skinner) Warner) by Brian Zalewski on Zalewski Family Genealogy
- SMITH – “Margaret Smith” by Karen Acker on Karen’s Kin
- SOUTHWICK – “Lawrence & Cassandra (Burnell) Southwick” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- SPURLOCK – “Mary Polly Spurlock, Born with the Century” by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale on Leaves & Branches
- STARRETT – “William Starrett, Ulster Scots-Irish Immigrant” by The Down East Genealogist on Pine Trees and Pedigrees
- STEPHAN – “Georgie Porgie Pudding & Pie…” (George Edward Stephan) by Penny Stephan on A Branch Too Far
- STONE – “Mourning Stone Mills” by Beverly McGowan Norman on Roots, Branches, and a Few Nuts
- TEAGUE – “Mary Olive Teague Reese Severs (1871 IN – 1906 KS)” by Karen on Karen’s Genealogy Oasis
- THRASHER – “David and Phoebe (Prescott) Thrasher” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- THRESHER/THRASHER – “Henry Thresher/Thrasher” by Candy Ditkowski on Heritage, Inheritance, & Legacy
- TILTON – “Charles and Elizabeth (Tyson) Tilton & Family – Memories of the 1930s and 1940s by Guest Blogger-daughter” by Ann Tilton Higgins on Past Remains
- TYLER – “Emma Tyler, My Welsh Great-Grandmother” by Kathy Nemaric on KJN Genealogy
- WALTERS – “Florence Eugene Walters” by Nellie on Nellie’s Basket
- WALTON – “John Parker Hale Walter, My 2nd Great Uncle” by Larry L. Sanburg on larrysgroup
- WARD – “Herbert Ward, WW1 Hero” by Hilary on Looking Back
- WATSON – “Sweets for the Sweet – Horace and Delia (Spaulding) Watson” by Brad on Montanatude
- WEAVER – “Solomon Weaver” on Shaking the Tree
- WEBSTER – “Frank Summers Webster, Brother of ‘The Traveling Dentist’” by Jana Last on Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog
- WHITNEY – “Samuel David Whitney… Yes, Another Samuel Whitney” by Andrea Kelleher on How Did I Get Here?
- WILLIAMS – “Charlotte (Williams) Fee (abt 1825-1876)” by Jen Smart on Jen’s Genealogy Pages
- WITTMÜß – “Wilhelm Johann Karl Wittmüß” by Karen on Vorfahrensucher [in German]
- WOODARD – “Hannah Woodard Rosser” by Judi Carroll-Thompson on Journey of a Family Historian
- YOUNGERS – “Emma/Emily (Youngers) Dickes” by Tina Marie Chase on Random
- name withheld – “My Dad – Happy Father’s Day!” by mvillhauer on Branching Out: My Family Tree