52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 13 Recap

52ancestors-2015-13Week 13! Thirteen isn’t usually seen as a lucky number, but I think there’s a lot to be said for Week 13. It marks the 1/4 mark in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge!

Eileen Souza of Old Bones Genealogy wrote about her black sheep relative William T. Meisberger, who gave a lesson on why you should look at out-of-town newspapers. Caroll Budny of Trace Your Genealogy wrote about “Frisky! Alex Rusenko and Nervous Nellie.” You’ll want to see what was written on Alex’s border crossing record. Elizabeth Handler of From Maine to Kentucky wrote about how differences between spouses might account for the many divorces of her grandfather Charles Pyle.

The optional theme in Week 13 was “Different.” You could say that I followed the theme by doing something different. I didn’t write about anyone in my family tree. I might “catch up” next week…  or I might not. Remember — this is supposed to be a “low stress” challenge :)

Your Turn

Who did you write about last week? Also, while you’re waiting for the Easter Bunny to show up, take a look at the great writing from Week 12.


Upcoming Themes:

  • Week 14 (Apr 2 – 8) – Favorite Photo
  • Week 15 (Apr 9 – 15) – How Do You Spell That?
  • Week 16 (Apr 16 – 22) – Live Long
  • Week 17 (Apr 23 – 29) – Prosper

The April themes post has ideas for ways you might think about the optional weekly themes.

56 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 13 Recap

  1. Amy W Kelly

    Colonel Augustine MOORE (circa 1680-1794) – Colonial Virginia Slave Broker/Trader and Tobacco Merchant. We are different not only in the eras in which we live(d), but also in how we value human life. Even when considering the time during which he lived, I find it difficult to fathom the beliefs about human life value differences he must have held in order to participate willingly in the highest levels of the slave trade. – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/03/colonel-augustine-moore.html

  2. Linda Stufflebean

    PLease, please post May themes next week! I will have little internet access from mid April through May and would love to have my posts ready to go before we leave on our trip. Thanks.

    1. Teresa

      @Joanne Barnard
      Herodias Long is my ancestor, too! Hello, cousin!

      (Why don’t my replies show up where I put them?)

  3. Pam Carter

    ANDREWS, Rebecca – Accused witch – her two-year old daughter fell into a well and drowned, she lost her mind and ended up in prison. Her husband fled to avoid the accusations against him and left her alone to face the trials and tribulations.

  4. Cheryl Biermann Hartley


    Everything about Anna Maria Augusta Müller was different from what I expected. This is also a lesson on how important it is to find ALL of the children, if you want to find those elusive German birthplaces.

    Anna Maria Augusta Müller – Born in a Different Place – 52 Ancestors 2015 #13


  5. melissawiseheart

    This week’s theme was “different.” I couldn’t really think of anything so I opted to write about a male ancestor, and since I am unmarried, I decided to write about one who had been married more than once. Apparently, my great great great uncle was quite the charmer and I learned more about him than I probably ever wanted to know.

    RAKESTRAW, George William

  6. labwriter

    I’ve always thought of myself as a hard worker, and my genealogy work on my own family has led me to believe that I must have gotten the worker-bee gene from my ancestors. One of them, however, my maternal 3x great grandfather, Preston Denton (1811-1860), seems to have been hiding behind a door when that gene was handed out. “Was Preston Denton a Ne’re-Do-Well?”


    1. Celia Lewis

      New story to me, Judy! My line went through Vincent 1, John 2, , Mary 3; and then eventually through Stevens to the Buell line & down. I’ve enjoyed digging into information from such an early time. Thanks for reminding me about the Meigs book – I’ve downloaded it now, and will be digging through it and other resources. And I’ll definitely be adding more about that challenging man, Mark!

  7. oldbonesgenealogy

    MEISBERGER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #13 – Meet the Not So Honorable William T. Meisberger (1869 – 1929) by Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy.

    This ancestor definitely behaved in a manner different than what they “should” have done. I am speaking about my maternal great-grand uncle, William Theodore Meisberger.



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