52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 8 Recap

52ancestors-2015-08Genealogy is a creative pursuit. You have to take bits and pieces from different things and try to see how they all fit. It’s also creative in expression. Some people blog, others record videos, some write journals to share with family members.

So it is with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Patti Elliott Di Loreto doesn’t blog, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking the challenge. She’s doing it via a Pinterest board. The Vernon & District Family History Society in Canada is having a different member of the society write a profile each week. What a neat project!

Here are some of the posts that struck me this past week (just some — there’s no way to list them all!) Lynda at Timelines and Stories told about her cousin who was a nurse in World War I and traveled across the country to get married. Cara Jensen at Sherlock Homes tried to see if there was any truth to the family legend about an ancestor’s photo with Joseph Smith. (Yes, that Joseph Smith!) Beth Gatlin of So Many Ancestors explained the good deeds of some helpful genealogists — and the good deeds that yielded results!

My 52 Ancestors post this week was “Mary and Rebecca Ramsey and the Good Deed of Their Father.” It’s a short lesson in how an ancestor’s poor planning can actually work to our benefit.

Who did you write about this week? Leave a comment with a link to your post. Also, be sure to go back and read some of the posts from Week 7. There are some wonderful stories just waiting to be read!


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64 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 8 Recap

  1. Amy Kelly

    Capt. John CHAMBERS (1742-1802) – My paternal 6th great-grandfather, Revolutionary War soldier and POW, and the patriot upon which my acceptance into DAR was based. He certainly did a good deed. And, because of him, I experienced the good deeds of others, including the distant kindness of my great-great grandmother and the generosity and helpfulness of two DAR members who were complete strangers. – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/02/captain-john-chambers-52-ancestors-in.html

  2. Patti Di Loreto

    BYRD, LONGINO, YOUNG, ELLIOTT (Hopkins Co, TX) For the “Good Deeds” theme on my Pinterest version of “52 Ancestors” – I highlighted my Great Grand Uncle & Aunt, Stephen B. and Mary Edna (YOUNG) LONGINO. When my Great Grandmother, Emma Elizabeth (YOUNG) BYRD passed away from TB in 1907, they took in my paternal grandmother (Edna Earl [BYRD] ELLIOTT), then 9 years old, to help out her grieving father.


  3. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

    Sunday was National Day of the Resistance (Nationalen Dag vun der Resistenz) in Luxembourg, as a tribute I featured a granddaughter of Nicolas and Maria PEFFER-MERTES in the introduction to this week’s ancestral couple blogpost. What good deeds did she perform?

    52 Ancestors: #8 The PEFFER-MERTES Family (1866-1995) by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls


  4. oldbonesgenealogy

    MEISBERGER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #8 – Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900), Good Deeds or Just Deeds? by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy.

    I’ve written before about my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger but I have not yet written about this aspect of his life. He has the distinction of being my earliest ancestor to own property. Did he do good deeds or did he just own deeds? Well, maybe both.



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