52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 20 Recap

52ancestors-2015-20This is the weekly recap I’ve been looking forward to. With the theme being “black sheep,” I’m sure there are going to be some great stories!

I think I might be turning into the black sheep of the family. This is two weeks in a row that I haven’t blogged as part of the challenge. Sigh.

Among the many posts I enjoyed reading this week were:

Your Turn

Who did you write about last week? We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment below with a link to your post. Be sure to include the person’s name and a bit about them. You never know when I cousin will come along and find you!

And during this holiday weekend, spend some time reading the posts from Week 19. There are some wonderful posts there!


Upcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 21 (May 21-27) – Military
  • Week 22 (May 28 – June 3) – Commencement
  • June themes

35 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 20 Recap

  1. Patti Di Loreto

    GROOMER – I chose to feature my cousin, Garrett Groomer, Confederate Guerrilla fighter (Bushwacker) in Civil War era Missouri, one of six Bushwackers I’ve found among my cousins there. I’ve included info about him, a link to read about the battle (Fayette Fight) in which he was killed as well as general info and many book selections on Confederate Guerrilla fighters and Civil War era Missouri and Kansas in general. LOTS of pins for this one as Civil War era Missouri/Kansas and all that falls under that is one of my favorites times/places to research! My ancestors and extended family members living in Missouri & Kansas at the time were spit in their loyalties, some for the Union, some for the Confederacy, and then there were those that became Bushwackers riding with the likes of Frank & Jesse James and the Younger brothers!

    My Pinterest board address here:


  2. pen4hire

    KASER, Edward and his son Glen.

    Thanks, Amy, for mentioning this one, and for correcting an error in my post this week. I’m glad you liked the story of a relative who spent time in the infamous Ohio Reformatory in Mansfield.

    I just have to mention that I have already written about some other black sheep in the family, like the misbehaving Pilgrims (first divorce in America!!) and the great grandfather who deserted his wife in Ohio and fled to the California gold fields, where he was shot by the mayor of Sacramento, and the New England wheeler dealer who cheated the Indians out of land, and a few couples who had babies who were as much as six months “premature.”

    Now for the Ohio Reformatory: Edward Kaser and Sons, a Sad Family Story,


  3. Wendy Negley

    I blogged about my Grandfather’s Uncle Johan Almquist. Not esactly a Black Sheep but he did go to Reform School and was so miffed at his Father that he changed is name to John Allen and moved to Texas!

  4. passagetothepast

    I never met my Uncle Jack, one of my grandmother’s 7 siblings. He seemed to be a loner and black sheep of our family.

    In writing the blog post about Uncle Jack, I learned that one serves in the Merchant Marine (never plural) someone who serves in the Merchant Marine is a sailor or a seaman or their rank (Captain, Mate, etc.) they are never referred to as a Merchant Marine. Confusing, I know.



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