The optional theme this week was “Close to home.” That seems appropriate considering many of us have had to stay close to home because of the weather. (Raise your hand if you’re as sick of winter as I am!)
Wanda at Footprints in Time shares the story of the house that was home to four generations of her family — and how she got answers about its history. Diane Tourville of Genealogy on My Mind wrote about a fight that broke out over cleaning a rug — it’s a great example of what you can find in newspapers! Michelle on Leaves and Nuts asked, “Where do the facts end and the story begin?” Her post shows how she broke down the elements of a family story and tried to prove (or disprove) them.
My post this past week was a tribute to Tommy Young, my first cousin once removed. I never had a chance to meet him. When I added “close to home” as this week’s theme, I knew I wanted to feature Tommy. He was killed close to his home and close to where I live now.
You know the drill: Add a link to your post in the comments below. Be sure to include the name of your ancestor and maybe a little bit of context (location, time period, etc.) While you’re here, take a look at the posts from Week 8. So many good posts to read!
- Week 10 (Mar 5 – 11) – Stormy Weather
- Week 11 (Mar 12 – 18) – Luck of the Irish
- Week 12 (Mar 19 – 25) – Same
- Week 13 (Mar 26 – Apr 1) – Different
If you want some ideas for using these optional themes, check out the March theme post. (And remember — you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to!)
Finding my grandmother’s genealogy notebook among my Dad’s possessions led to new research avenues, further collaboration with my Kiwi cousin, finding all 11 of my great great grandmother’s children, and re-examing my great great grandfather’s birth date.
Alice (MUIR) Jennings (1906-1993)
Grandma’s Genealogy Notebook
WILDER, Laura Elizabeth (Ingalls) – Wife of a distant cousin – and fellow writer.
Since I couldn’t find anyone close to where I call home – I went with ‘close to my heart’ instead.
BEAK, Gertrude Agness – A Barnados Girl. From England to Australia
CARRUTHERS, Ford Ross and his brother Carl Stuart CARRUTHERS who both lost their lives as airmen in WW2.
How horrible that must have been for their parents!
BOULTON, George Cleveland http://ssimms642.blogspot.ca/2015/02/george-cleveland-boulton.html and his brother Nels http://ssimms642.blogspot.ca/2015/02/thomas-nelson-boulton-1880-1957.html
Close to home is the language we speak in the region I live. You find it anywhere else in Germany or in the world.
I chose to write about Patrick Smyth (1809-1861)-my ggg-grandfather who settled his family closest to where I live now.
The WILDINGER-PÖPPELREITER family couldn’t get any closer to home. They lived in the Echternach, Luxembourg, my hometown, the place I’ve lived for the past 40 years.
52 Ancestors: #9 Close to Home and Close to My Heart by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
52 Ancestors: #9 Close to Home and Close to My Heart
My ancestor close to home was my grandmother Mae Zawodna Pater. I called her Nan, and we lived together for sixteen years.
The closest physically to me – there are many in Lancaster alone, let alone the County – would be Charles Eckman. I also closed with mention of my Aunt Helen who is close to my heart!
I am a little behind caused by a spot of health issues etc. Here is the link to ancestor #6 John Hunt Butcher who lived in Surrey England and found his way to Tasmania in 1822
Robert Stewart, my 4th great grandfather, owned a pet bear. In a county history, I found the story of what happened the day the bear escaped…
What a fun thing to find in your family tree – enjoyed perusing your blog this morning!
William Wellington “A.” ASHBY – My maternal 3rd great grand uncle who was “Close to Home” to me both in the South and out West since we both moved from the southeastern US to the western part of the US. He and much of his direct and extended family moved from NC to TX in 1898. I hope you enjoy his adventurous story! – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/03/william-wellington-ashby-52-ancestors.html
This is the story of how I found unsuspected relatives in my own back yard.
Robert F. Wildey – Finding Shoots Instead of Roots – 52 Ancestors 2015 #9
I’m not numbering them this year, just dropping them in where they fit. I’m putting my great grand-aunt Grace here, as she was always at home as long as she was with family it seemed. I can really relate to that given the number of times my family moved as I was growing up. Now I just refer to whereever my parents are living as “home” even though, as now, I’ve never lived there.
GREGOR – Grace Gregor Bentley (1864 -1929) Home is Where Family Is http://jahcmft.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-plus-grace-gregor-bentley.html
(born in Puslinch Twp, Wellington County, Canada West, moved to Burnside Michigan, then to Larrabee KS, then to Big Piney, WY, then to Pinedale WY, then to Twin Falls, ID, and died in Sparks, NV)
ANDREWS & The Texas Revolution – Brothers: Richard, Micah & Reddin – My 3rd Great Grand Uncles. Pictures, videos and info relating to the Texas Revolution in general and more specifically, the battles in which Richard and Micah fought. Several of which were “Close to Home.”
Margarite Mae Witzke Denton Lovelace (1899-1966), my maternal grandmother. She is “close to home” in the sense that, of my four grandparents, I knew only two of them–my father’s father and my mother’s mother. She kept her stories to herself, and as I wrote this entry, I thought many times that “knowing” her probably got in the way of writing her story more than it helped me to see the real person.
A coincidence that hit close to home
Patrick Brawley 1873-1876 & Matthew Brawley 1875-1876
Families that made their homes close to one another while migrating across four states –
SARGENT, WAGGONER, SKEEN
Wilhelmina Schroeder Ochs (Minnie Oakes) – Dearborn, Michigan
The HEALY Sisters – Charlotte and Arlette – married two RICE brothers nearby… close to home!
Joseph Kaser was the first of my father’s ancestors to be born in North America. But unlike the first ancestors in America on my mother’s side, who landed with the Pilgrims in New England (Bless those early New England Puritan villages for their record-keeping!), the wave of German who flowed into Pennsylvania left scant records.
I can’t tell the story, when I don’t KNOW the story. I can only share the bare facts and hope a cousin will emerge who knows more.
Kaser, Joseph, my 3 x great grandfather. http://ancestorsinaprons.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-9-joseph-kaser/
LEYH, Charles William Pennsylvania to Ohio
Louise Nelson and her husband came from Minnesota to be pioneers in Saskatchewan on the Canadian prairies; I spent the first years of my life in what had been their homestead home.
My week 9 post is, “Weaver Extraordinaire William M. Fasig.”
Joseph MAY (1760-1841) lived in Boston his entire life. In exploring what I have for him, I decided I would have really liked to know him!
I wrote about my great grandfather, who lived next door. He was a hard-working man who did whatever it took to provide for his family.
WISEHEART, Sanford Wesley
My 3rd great grandfather was the first to come to the US, first to settle in Chicago (where we’ve been ever since), and and a first person view of a pivotal piece of Chicago history:
Franz Jirsa: Close to Home (and History) – http://bit.ly/1NlsWuW
CORNSTUBLE, Mary Francis (1881 – 1950) http://bit.ly/1DXa00g
Where I realize a one-name study just might find me a slew of “cousins” I’d never heard of…and then find them. Sort of.
BOORMAN, William Irvine “Bill” (1911-1966)
My father-in-law was a realtor in Victoria BC Canada where we live, and he and his family occupied many different homes in the area during his lifetime.
SCOTT – Bridget Scott
My 8th-great-grandmother, who grew up in my home state of New Jersey
This week I decided to feature some of the homes that my ancestors lived in.
BURNETT, Samuel Pride – #25 (week 9) – I didn’t think about it when writing my post but he was captured in the Battle of Front Royal, which is close to home to me today, during the Civil War. http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-25-samuel-pride-burnett.html
WORLAND — “Ada Elizabeth Worland, World-Famous Incubator Baby” on Green Family Archives
“She was … so frail and delicate that it seemed that the least breath of air would blow her away.”
My gg grandparents, William and Ann Jane (KNIGHT) FLEMING settled not far from where I live now.
I decided not to use the theme this week. I wrote about my paternal 2nd great grandfather Henry Kerr from Sampson County, NC.
STRUASSER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #9 – Mary C. Strausser (1842 – 1897), Born in Norwegian Township or Not? by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy, LLC
Last night I had a brainstorm. Like many genealogists I spend too many of my sleeping hours mulling over my current brick walls. I can’t remember what led me to begin thinking about the birth place of my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Catherine Strausser, daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser. I remembered that I estimated her birth date around 1843 based on the above 1850 US census. It suddenly struck me that I could track her birth against the tax assessment information that I have on her father, Peter Strausser [Strasser]. So this morning, I completed that task and here is what I found.
HETTIG Florence – Lehighton, PA
I didn’t know my grandmother very well growing up. However, I found out that we had a lot more in common that I knew.
My memories of my Grandma Lassalle are more vivid after Grandpa died and she moved into a neighborhood near us. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-grandma-moved-after-grandpa-died/
Week 9 of the 52 Ancestor Challenge: My maternal grandfather, David MOORE.
PHILLIPS, Anna Julia married WOODLEY, HR in 1869. They had 2 children and lived in Chicago. We have half a dozen great photos of her, but didn’t know much about her.
My Grandmother’s brother, Clement Stefani, was the youngest of seven children and he lived next door to his parents. His house became the one the family would go to every weekend to “go home” and visit each other.
GILPIN, JOSEPH and Hannah Glover: 12 Ancestors of 2015 Post #3 The Amazing Gilpin Family:From Manor to Cave
Glover, William of PEI
I still haven’t been able to figure out how to subscribe for the challenge or to get my post posted. I’ll try again:
My blog is http://areyoumygreatgrandmother.blogspot.com.
My first post is
Hi Melissa! Welcome! I’ve added your blog to the list. Each week, I do a “recap” post where participants can add a link to their post for the week. These are on Thursdays. Just add your link along with the name of your ancestor in the comments. I hope you enjoy the Challenge!
Annie WALLEN and the Cumberland Gap: Too Far From Family, Too Close to Home
DODSON – Ruthy Dodson Estes (1820-1903), Survivor, Divorced, Land Owner
This challenge brought a bad childhood living with my only sister “close to home” to me.
52 Ancestors Week # 9 – Mary Leella Hughes – Close to Home http://tinyurl.com/lqgksmh
HELLER, Herman (1866-1932)
It wasn’t until I began preparing my story did I discover how near to the farm I grew up on was my great grandfather’s farm. I’m sure as a kid I biked past the farm on my journeys through the neighborhood and never knew it was his farm.
Doggerland, the ancient, submerged home of ALL my ancestors.
Your post is interesting! I enjoyed learning about Doggerland’s existence.
PINA, Maria Gertrudis -lived her life in one place
MCCLURE, David. Here is the story of ancestor #9 for 2015. Poor guy was lost in a snowstorm and people could hear him calling for help but couldn’t reach him. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/02/so-close-yet-so-far-away-52-ancestors-9.html
IRONS, Agnes – my grandmother who died before I was born. In writing this I discovered I really knew very little about her http://ancestorarchaeology.blogspot.com/2015/03/agnes-irons-faulkner-grandmother-i.html
MUELLER, Ida – my great grandmother who loved to cook as much as I do! http://rootedinfoods.com/grandma-schusters-recipes/
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SHIPP, Thomas B. – Missing in Kingman
Lived closed to us when we lived in Kingman and I never knew about him until this year.
BABCOCK, Luisa Alvira: http://carlsonandcarricofamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-2015-week-9-louisa-alvira.html
TOURVILLE, Oneida (née Alexander). Once again, great finds in old newspapers.
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=835
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=634
SCHMIDT, Johann Heinrich Christian – reaching Lübeck https://schmidtbarbara.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/52ancestors-9-close-to-home-reaching-lubeck-germany/
I’ve been so busy researching and writing that I forgot to add my week 9 ancestor. Anna (Arnold) Haman was a strong and dignified woman. She survived many hardships in her life including the death of her mother when she was only 13 and, later, a difficult marriage. Read more here: https://tidbitsandtreasures2011.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/anna-a-arnold-1916-2005-on-her-own-terms/
My ‘close to home’ ancestor, great grandma Alice Tavernier Turner, the only great-grandparent I actually remember knowing. http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/04/52-ancestors-week-9-alice-elizabeth.html