Week 7, 2015 style, was certainly a hectic one. FGS 2015. RootsTech. Travel to and from said FGS and RootsTech, Meeting friends, old and new. And, oh yeah, a little bit of research and writing mixed in for good measure.
It was wonderful seeing so many of you in Salt Lake City. I hope to meet more of you in the coming weeks as Genealogy Conference Season heats up. I hope that’s literally “heats up,” as I’m really tired of below zero temps here in central Ohio! (You can check out my take on FGS/RootsTech here. Note: It’s more than just the records.)
The theme for Week 7 was “Love.” (What else would you expect in the week that has Valentine’s Day?) Karen Field Busch of Vorfahrensucher.de took the opportunity to explain the wedding photo that’s at the top of her blog. (Though the site is in German, there is a “translate” option on the right-hand side of the page.) Kerryn Taylor of AncestorChasing told the tale of her husband’s Catholic ancestor who went against convention and married a Protestant girl.
Remember that the themes each week are optional. You don’t have to use them. Vera Marie Badertscher of Ancestors in Aprons wrote about how she made a breakthrough in researching her great-grandfather Joseph Kaser. Check it out — she has some great tips in there.
My contribution this week was my great-great-grandfather Eber Johnson. I took a look at some concrete ways that the Civil War affected his life, especially how it changed the kind of farming he did.
So bundle up, leave a comment with the name of the ancestor you wrote about in Week 7, and a link to your post. While your at it, take a look at the entries from Week 6. It’ll make you forget all about the cold.
- Week 8 (Feb 19-25) – Good Deeds
- Week 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4) – Close to Home
- March themes
The KREMER-GRISIUS family had a lot of love…..
52 Ancestors: #7 The Railroad Switchman’s Family
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
My cousin, Gary Barlow, offered to be a guest blogger again this week. He tells the story of his 4x great-grandmother, Lydia Barlow, who divorced her husband in 1827. He offers Lydia’s own testimony in this story.
Lydia Barlow – Love, Sacrifice, Outrage and Courage – 52 Ancestors 2015 #7
My Week 7 post, “SCALPED,” began with research at a 3rd great-grandaunt surnamed “Love:” https://themixthatmakesupme.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/scalped-52-ancestors-7/ , but moved on quickly to her only daughter…
My maternal grandmother Idella Edwards led a fairly ordinary life but led it with panache. She definitely embodies the concept of “love”. (I almost wish I had saved her for the upcoming topic of “Same” since she and I shared so many characteristics.) http://victoriajosfamilystories.blogspot.ca/2015/02/idella-edwards-1897-1976-52-ancestors-7.html
For week 7 of the challenge, I took a closer look at one of my paternal ancestors who married on Valentine’s Day in 1708 in Germany, Johann Nickel MEY: https://hollieannhenke.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/52-ancestors-7-johann-nickel-mey-bye-bye-love/
My great grandmother’s sister, Dollie Merrill, worked as a child laborer in a Pennsylvania silk mill in 1900.
Warm thanks much for mentioning my blogpost, Amy! Just to add the names:
STEGEMANN, VON DER HEIDEN and FELDBUSCH (google translation fun made Field Busch out of this surname 😉 )
I looked for ancestors with the longest marriages.
Arnold and Jane Moehlmann Sargent
Hi Lynda – in case you didn’t see my reply to you on the Week 6 recap – just wanted to say it again: I love what you did for this week’s theme!
Week7: McKinley: Edgar “Leroy” McKinley – The Boy, The Man, The Soldier
BOUVRET – #7 Marguerite Bouvret – her 1829 burial record finally found
Week 7 – Reverend Newton Pinckney WALKER, Esq. – My paternal 4th great-grandfather who founded the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. He loved humankind and education. – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/02/reverend-newton-pinckney-walker-esq-52.html
I have Walkers on both sides of my tree….but I don’t really know where any of them come from!
HANNAH–#49 Loving John Wesley Hannah–This is about one of my ancestors that I love to reseach.
Thanks for the mention, Amy. (I did the love theme–just LAST week since it fit my parents love life better).
Delving into my father’s line–the Kasers, I revisit my great-grandfather with some big breakthroughs I’ve had in the past year. I thought he was my brickwall, but because of unexpected discoveries, I’ve gone back four more generations (stay tuned).
Joseph KASER: Finding Joseph the Carpenter
WILDER (Roberts) (Miller), Mary Ann – A lot of love to give!
BORDER REIVERS: When people think of Scotland, they think of the Highland Scots, but there were also the Great Riding Families of the Anglo/Scottish Borders – on both sides. Part of a unique criminal society born out of adversity, they spent their lives on horseback and lived by plunder. They lived for, fought for & were loyal only to their surname. These riding clans were forcibly broken up after the Union of the Crowns with James VI & I’s “Pacification of the Borders.”
I LOVE to research them! So, on my Pinterest Board, “52 Ancestors on Pinterest,” I have pictures & short video excerpts featuring this people & society from which some of my ancestors descend:
Love the Pinterest boards! I have lowland Scots in my tree. Not too much plunder, but lots of poaching before the area became so industrialized.
Thank you Schalene! Some of those Lowland Scots could be very “industrious” – ha! I have a friend whose Lowland Scottish ancestors were doing quite a brisk business in various *smuggling* ventures! By the way, you have some fascinating stories on your blog – just read “Daniel and the Soldier Ants – yikes!
My week 7 post is about my 4th great grandfather Samuel FAULKNER and my labor of love quest to find him.
Week 7/52 with the “Love” theme–I love researching the community I call the Flat Branch Bunch of Flat Branch Township, Shelby County, Illinois, c.1830-1870.
My 2x great grandmother, Eliza Jane Campbell, was the first in her Campbell line to be born outside of Carter County, Tennessee. She lived her whole life in the Shelby County / Montgomery County area, marrying and burying three husbands: Eliza Jane Campbell Simmons Gordon Denton.
This week, I write about my grandmother: ADAMS, Eulaliah Louise (1922 – 2009). When I think of love, I think of her. http://bit.ly/1Ldt247
Did a divorce cause her ex-husband’s suicide?
Hazel Elizabeth (WENDELL) Criger Reed (1917-2002)
Love Gone Wrong?
My Week 7 entry was a small entry (due to scheduling) containing some of my favorite “love stories” of my ancestors: The 52 Ancestors “All You Need is Love” Edition – http://bit.ly/1Ap6jz4
I love to research whatever ancestral line I’m currently working on, so today is another Townsend:
Julia Elvira (TOWNSEND) COPELAND, a 3rd great grandmother of mine from Maine.
In 1870 my 2x great grandfather wrote a valentine to the woman who was to become my 2x great grandmother. That valentine has been handed down through 5 generations of the family!
WILLITS, Mary – Week 7: “Miss Willits…Will You Be My Valentine?”
“Columbus Couple – A CDV Mystery” on Green Family Archives
I would love to know the identity of this couple who posed for a picture in Columbus, Indiana.
Also, I celebrated my first blogiversary on Valentine’s Day. I highlighted some posts from the past year.
I wrote about Mary Love for the LOVE week…at http://suesresearch.blogspot.com/2015/02/mary-love-born-1768-52-ancestors-in-52.html
CHAPPELL, Rosa Martha (1867-1897) — Bath, Somerset, England to Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
BOWNESS, Susan – my Great grandmother born on the wrong side of the blanket, as they say in the Maritimes…
This week I shared the wedding pictures and love stories of a few of my ancestors in “Celebrating Love”. The following surnames are included:
HANSON – BAARS – SIEBECKER – POFF – BRUEHLMANN – BAUMAN – TROTTER – SAWIN – GERBER
BATSON, Caroline (Carrie) was she “a mail order bride” or was her marriage an arranged marriage or a love match.
MEISBERGER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #7 – I Love to Research Michel Meisberger (1812 – 1878) and His Family by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
I really do love to research Michel Meisberger and his wife and sons and daughters mostly because of the wealth of information I have been able to find on this family.
My husband’s great grandparents eloped. Their sad story http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/52-ancestors-week-7-forbidden-love.html
Russell Tiffen Lemon, Clara Herr Lemon, Vera Herr Robinson–a different kind of love story.
DAVIS – Walter Enloe Davis
Walter Enloe Davis was my great-grandmother’s second husband. I believe that she found happiness with him after her troubled first marriage to my great-grandfather.
I’m sure it was motherly love that caused my great-grandmother to defy her second husband in order to purchase passage for her 13-year-old daughter to immigrate to the U.S. in 1904. I, along with nearly 50 first cousins, can testify that the gamble paid off, but deportation was definitely a possibility for the Anna Schwartz party.
I LOVE researching my Great Aunt, Hilaury (Laura) Thuman Bergmeister, an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia. She had a lot of love for her family, and she never ceases to surprise me with things I find about her and her life.
John Jacob Green (1826-1892)
John DONNELLY and Elizabeth McGOWAN – my great, great grandparents love kept them together from their marriage in Greenock, Scotland to their deaths in Philadelphia, PA>
ESTES – Lazarus Estes (1848-1918), Huckster, Gravestone Carver
I wrote about my sixth great grandmother. At sixteen, she was taken captive by Indians at the end of the Revolutionary War. She and her family were taken up to Fort Niagara and then given out to different families as replacements for the children they had lost.
I wrote about my Italian Great Grandmother’s mother, an unusual love story!
WILLIAM the Conqueror knocked Matilda of Flanders off her feet
I ended up writing about my 2nd great-grandmother – who headed out with her husband on a challenging adventure – it must have been LOVE! Sophia ROLAND/RULAND:
My grandmother’s cousin who stowed away on a military ship, disguised as a sailor, all for love.
I fell in love with my ancestor, Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro, because he was kind enough to have his genealogy listed in a book. That sent my Azorean family tree back several generations to the 1400s.http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-my-heart-belongs-to-antonio-medeiros-cordeiro/
I love to research this branch of the family tree. Their great names have made it so much easier. Hebron Rae was named after her grandmother but I don’t know where the name originated.
CADWALADER, JOHN – on my modified “12 Ancestors in 2015” This Post #2 is 8th gr grandfather, John Cadwalader of Wales, a Quaker Minister, Missionary and member of Abington Friends Meeting (Jenkintown/Phila), PA.
*Meanwhiile, I’m chipping away at the other Germantown/Phila ancestors of that period*
The love story of Katherine de Roet and John of Gaunt – 52 Ancestors 2015 – Week 7 – Love
The McLuckie family – the family I love to research. And a “lucky” find.
My great-grandmother Mae (Moore) Oakes Smiechowski Johnson
I love researching all my ancestors. Some are easier, some are more challenging. Some are fun and some have been rather boring. Some have lived full lives and others have not. This week I highlighted a few people at Genealogical Gems … http://www.genealogybyjeanne.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-lessons-of-love.html
SWEETLOVE, Mary – My 5G Grandmother whose name made her an obvious choice for Valentine’s week …
That is an awesome name!
Because I have been behind on quite a few things, because my birthday occurred during the past week and it “brings up stuff,” and because my brain was a bit fried from writing, I took a break this week and listed instead my blog posts from the start of 2014, categorized by which of my parents descend from them, and clumped into groups if they “go together” on the same family line.
I may take one more week’s break, or maybe not.
Ancestors for Week 7 – 52 Ancestors
BEKLEMISHEVA, Natalia Alekseevna – no. 23 (week 7 – Love) – Hal Davison’s Russian princess http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-no-23-natalia-alekseevna.html
I chose my great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant of Morehead City. http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-2015-edition-7-my.html
Such a tragic ending to the love between Janet and Hubert – SPARLING (McKenzie) Janet
Catharina Maria Elisabeth EVERT
Joie de Vivre – Mary Elizabeth Lovejoy http://wp.me/p43WgZ-9T
The love story of my great grandparents Alonzo Holt and Florence Savery.
Hello Amy! This is my very first contribution to your “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” Challenge! My contribution for this week’s theme (LOVE) is the February 15th marriage of my great-grandparents – this month is their 110th anniversary. Theirs was a great journey together – from beginnings in a rural Croatian area of Austria-Hungary to busy New York City. This is their story: http://100inamerica.blogspot.com/2015/02/winter-wednesday-wedding-110th.html
Thank you, Amy! I saw you at FGS in San Antonio last summer but didn’t have the chance to introduce myself. Nice to “meet you” here on your blog!
I find Peter W. Bough fascinating I always get more each time I look at his life.
PERKINS, John – http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-friend-delivers-warning-52-ancestors-8.html
I accidentally posted my week 8 entry. Here is week 7 – PARSONS, Jeffrey – find out how he met his wife. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/02/romantic-encounter-52-ancestors-7.html
ESSLER – JONES: My great grandmother, Verna Essler, and her sister, Florance, both married on the same day in 1910, then had sons about 9 months later … on the same day! The following year would prove devastating for each woman. http://rootedinfoods.com/parallel-lives/
BRODERICK: My 52 Ancestors No. 7: is about the importance of Oral History Interviews that add information beyonf BMDs and obituaries http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/02/52-ancestors-no-7-my-oral-history.html
Better late than never:
Winfield Scott Richards, Rochester, NY 1840-1901, Week 7 Love
Emminger, Edna Juliet (Mentzer) Love/ I believe she has a very interesting story to be heard.
BRIDGES, Annie Marie – 52-7 “Love”
Annie married George DUREY for better or for worse, and death didn’t part them for long.
The love of a little boy (my father, Alan SAMUEL) and his grandmother, Estelle Byk KESNER.
Anyone ever heard of the expression: “the father of a butin”? 😉
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=789
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=592
I’ve never heard that phrase, but I like it! Somehow, I doubt they exchanged Christmas cards after that. 😉
Ha! Ha! Ha!
I am behind but determined to catch up! Ancestor #7 is my great-aunt Amelia “Millie” Primas.
Only girl of 5 children, father died young, she never married but had a close and loving family.
Catching up with my 52 ancestors…My great-grandfather Vital DeValkeneer, from Belgium to Pennsylvania