We are into a new month of themes in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge! The optional weekly theme for Week 6 was “So Far Away.” Considering that many of us are away at the RootsTech and FGS conferences right now, it seems to be an appropriate theme.
Chriss Coleman of Curating Kin tells about Harriet Bolt, who was essentially a single mother because her husband was so far away. Patricia Rohn at Shaking the Tree wondered why her 3rd-great-grandfather Reuben Keiper was so far away — and ended up getting a break in a brick wall. Cindi at My Moynahan Genealogy Blog opted to forgo the weekly theme, and told the story of her relative Patrick Moynahan and shares some wonderful examples of records.
My contribution this week was about my ancestor John Douglass, who was far away from me (he was from England), died far from where his family ended up, and for whom I found his marriage record when I was far away from home. (On a side note, finding his marriage record at the Family History Library was a great way to start FGS/RootsTech week!)
Don’t forget to take a look at the entries from Week 5. There were lots of great examples of “plowing through”!
- Week 7 (Feb 12-18) – Love
- Week 8 (Feb 19-25) – Good Deeds
- Week 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4) – Close to Home