I’d like to clarify something right from the start. No, I’m not psychic. When I set the Week 5 theme as “Plowing Through” and added “We will likely be plowing through a lot of snow by this time,” I was merely playing the odds. If I were really psychic, I would have been better prepared for attending the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Chicago last weekend — when Chicago had 19.2″ of snow and an honest-to-goodness blizzard. (Note to self: rethink going to a conference in Chicago in late January/early February.)
Participants took “plowing through” in several different ways. Schalene Dagutis from Tangled Roots and Trees shared how someone literally plowed through with her grandfather’s new tractor. Amy Kelly at Shaking the Family Tree focused on her 4th-great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Poteet, Jr., “because it seems he plowed through life.” I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Colleen Greene of Colleen & Jeff’s Roots. She shared the story of George Walter Harless, who operated a snow plow in Yosemite in the 1940s.
My story in Week 5 involved plowing through the research and not slowing down to see all of the clues. When I did take a moment, I formulated a theory of what killed my 32-year-old 4th-great-grandmother Mary Vaughn McKitrick.
Leave a comment below with the name of your ancestor and a link to the post you did this past week. While you’re snowed in, take a look at the posts from Week 4!
- Week 6 (Feb. 5-11) – So Far Away
- Week 7 (Feb 12-18) – Love
- Week 8 (Feb 19-25) – Good Deeds
- Week 9 (Feb 26-Mar 4) – Close to Home
Stumped on how to approach these themes? I have some suggestions.