52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 17 Recap

52ancestors-2015-17It’s hard to believe that 2015 is 33% complete. (Which means that the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is 33% complete!)

Some of the posts that stood out to me this week included:

My post this week was about my great-uncle (“grand-uncle,” if you prefer) Harold Young and his invisible wheelchair.

Your Turn

Who did you write about this past week? Leave a comment with a link to your post and a little bit about the ancestor. We’d love to read it!


Upcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 18 (Apr 30 – May 6) – Where There’s a Will
  • Week 19 )May 7-13) – There’s a Way
  • Week 20 (May 14-20) – Black Sheep
  • Week 21 (May 21-27) – Military
  • Week 22 (May 28 – June 3) – Commencement

The May themes post has some suggestions on how you might think about the themes. Remember, the optional weekly themes are just that — optional. Feel free to use them or not! The point of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks isn’t to follow the themes. The point is to write more about our ancestors. What you write about is up to you!

45 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 17 Recap

  1. Patti Di Loreto

    FLESHART, WYSONG – Featuring pictures and tibits of info about my 5th GGF, Francis FLESHART, 1777 – 1809 (married to Elizabeth WYSONG). The son of a German “Waldecker” who was brought to these shores to fight for the English in the Revolutionary War – Francis made a comfortable living for his family in Knoxville, TN as a silversmith and clockmaker.

    My Pinterest board address here:


  2. Patti Di Loreto

    I see a mistake in my entry above: It would be more correct to say Francis’ father was brought to these shores to fight for the *British* in the Revolutionary War. Okay, I feel better now that I corrected myself!

  3. Shannon

    52 Ancestors II, Week 69. Emigrants from England who were the first to settle the colony of Rhode Island. (MAXSON, MOSHER, BURDICK, HUBBARD, COOPER, CLARKE.)

    This family chart took me some time to create. Brothers marrying cousins, then first cousins marrying each other in 2 subsequent generations!

  4. Julie Terstriep


    I wrote about two very different 2nd great grandfathers. One – August Yess – was an immigrant from Germany and he became prosperous in Peoria County, Illinois. The other was 2nd great grandfather was Elias Chenoweth. His family was in the American Colonies from the early 1700s and he became prosperous by moving farther west and acquiring land and lending money.


  5. Cheryl Biermann Hartley


    Last week I wrote about my grandfather’s surprise half-brother. I learned of him from Ingemar Nåsell, who is married to my second cousin once removed. This week, Dr. Nåsell appears as a guest blogger and fills us in on what happened to the Kessler family after they emigrated from Germany to Sweden.

    “The Kessler Brothers in Stockholm – How They Prospered after Leaving Germany – 52 Ancestors 2015 #17”


  6. Wendy Negley

    I wrote about my husband’s grandfather, James Casper Negley, because he was a farmboy who earned his way through College by cutting hair and became a successful surgeon.


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