52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 32 Recap

52ancestors-2015-32The days are getting noticeably shorter. Some schools in my area are already back in session. Sweaters are filling department store shelves. And I continue to be amazed — both good and bad — at the speed that it all happens.


Several of you had fun with the “32” theme for this week. Cathy Meder-Dempsey  at Opening Doors in Brick Walls has probably the most colorful post (literally!) that I’ve seen in awhile. Check out “Johann Gorges and Anna Maria Botz – 2 of 32.” Cheryl Biermann Hartley did a fun twist on the theme with “Anna Odilia Greiner – Thirty-two Things I Know About Her” on her blog My Search for the Past.

My week has been spent packing up things for my daughter’s return to college, reviewing presentations, research, and writing. (My latest post is “Library Websites for Genealogy: More Than Just the Catalog.”)

Your Turn

Who did you write about this week? Was it one of your “32”? Whether you wrote about a 3rd-great-grandparent or someone else, leave a comment with a link to your post and a little bit about them. We’d love to read it! Also be sure to check out the Weeks 30 and 31 recap — it’s double the reading goodness!

Upcoming Optional Themes

  • Week 33 (August 13-19) – Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent
  • Week 34 (August 20-26) – Non-Population
  • Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days

Look for the September themes early next week!

36 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 32 Recap

    1. Joanne Barnard

      I enjoyed reading all 32 of your questions with just enough context to understand why you would want to know the answer. Whatever were those parents thinking naming all their girls Mary? I wonder if they called them all by their second names or if it was always Mary-
      __? Sorry this message isn’t written longhand but I’ve actually tossed out my fountain pen!

  1. Vera Marie Badertscher


    Three sisters with one man. What a tangled web. Since I’ve just started on my husband’s line, I had not gotten as far as a 3rd grandparent. After I wrote this post, I suddenly fell upon the 3rd great-grandparents through the line of the mother of these three sisters. It is so rare that you can trace women more quickly than men, that I will have to write about it later.

    Meanwhile, the rather unusual relationships in this staid Swiss family:


  2. Wendy Negley

    I wrote about one of my 32 3rd Great Grandparents, my grandfather’s great grandfather, Anders Niclasson Almquist. I don’t know that much about him but my sister did find where he was from in Sweden last year!


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