Week 10 is milestone. Not only are we in the “double digits” of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, but we’re also seeing signs of Spring! For those of us in the north, this comes not a moment too soon.
The optional theme of “Stormy Weather” was interpreted in a number of ways. Some people wrote about weather events; others wrote about storms of a personal nature. There were others — myself included — who opted not to use the theme at all. Here are just a few of the posts this past week that stuck out to me. Beth Gatlin of So Many Ancestors told the story of her homesteading ancestors and the (literal) storms they endured. (Honestly, it reads like the plagues of Egypt!) Paula at Shaking the Branches wrote about the many storms that her grandmother had to face and the stormy relationships she had. Cathy Meder-Dempsey of Opening Doors in Brick Walls didn’t use the theme at all when writing about her family living in Luxembourg between the World Wars. You have to check out the family photos that she posted! (Warning: You will likely be jealous. I know I am!)
I didn’t follow the theme this week. Instead, I looked at my 3rd-great-grandmother Elizabeth Kelley, who died in 1852 in Perry County, Ohio. I have no photos of her house, but I was able to use her probate records to take a peek inside.
Please take a moment to share a link to your Week 10 post. Be sure to go back to the Week 9 recap and take a look at those posts. You never know when someone is writing about your ancestor!
- Week 11 (Mar 12 – 18) – Luck of the Irish
- Week 12 (Mar 19 – 25) – Same
- Week 13 (Mar 26 – Apr 1) – Different
If you want some ideas for using these optional themes, check out the March theme post. (And remember — you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to!) Also, the April themes will be coming soon!