“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” ~John Lennon
2015 has been a year of change, most of it surprising, much of it unwelcome. The older I get, the more I believe the old adage that the only thing constant in life is change. Since there is usually little we can do to stop changes, we are left with basically two choices:
- Curse the darkness
- Light a candle
I haven’t had the opportunity to research my own family lately, let alone write about them. I do feel bad about that, especially since I am impossibly behind in my own Challenge. But where changes have taken me away from this facet for awhile, it has given me other things. I have been doing a lot more journaling. I’ve had to focus more on my business, which means spending more time writing for my blog at AmyJohnsonCrow.com.
Some of you have asked how my mom is doing. She has recovered very well from her surgery; we are thankful for that. I don’t want to share too many details, but I will say that she still has quite a journey ahead of her. All of us are trying to adjust to the changes… awaiting the changes yet to come… and praying…
[EDIT: It isn’t my intent to look for sympathy. Just sharing why things have been quiet over here. That being said, if you want to think some good thoughts for my mom, that would be appreciated ]
Who Have You Written About?
This recap covers the last two weeks: Week 30 (Challenging) and Week 31 (Easy). Who did you write about, either with or without the optional themes? Please leave a comment with a link to your post(s) below!
Upcoming Optional Themes
- Week 32 (August 6-12) – 32
- Week 33 (August 13-19) – Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent
- Week 34 (August 20-26) – Non-Population
- Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days
The August themes post has some suggestions on how you might approach the weekly themes. Remember — they are optional! The key is to write, not necessarily to follow the theme
Challenging: Nancy WALKER JOLLETT, without a doubt!
Easy: John Wesley JOLLETT, also without a doubt!
(I’m impressed that you are keeping up with posting the challenges and recaps. We write about strong women in our family tree. One day someone will be writing with the same admiration about you!)
Challenging: The SCHWARTZ-TRIERWEILER Family has been challenging-to-research and so rewarding. I added two generations to this branch of the family while preparing to write the post.
52 Ancestors: #30 Challenging-To-Research But So Rewarding, The SCHWARTZ-TRIERWEILER Family
Easy: Come on, what is easy about researching a family named SCHMITT, the German equivalent of SMITH?
52 Ancestors: #31 SCHMITT-WOLLSCHEID Family Research Made Easy with Cousin Bait
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
That’s awesome, Cathy! So cool to hear about people making progress on their research while putting their posts together!
Thank you Amy. Sorry that my posting two links in one post caused you more work.
No worries! I expect that when I have two weeks combined into one recap!
Amy, sounds like you are having a rough time of it. Hope life improves for you and your family and that your business does well.
I am a member of DAR using my 4X great grandfather Benjamin Jennings. Last year, I learned another 4X great grandfather, Samuel Beard (1750-1814), also served in the Revolutionary War. George Washington even spoke, or should say chastised him! He is not a proven DAR patriot and I would like to honor him by proving my lineage to him and his military service. The linkage breaks down between Samuel and his son, James Harvey Beard.
James Harvey BEARD (1780-1869)
Proving James Harvey Beard’s Father
Sometimes you get lucky. An ancestor with a name difficult to misspell, mis-index, or mis-transcribe who lived in the same county his entire life. Oh for more of them!
William Raiford TUCKER (1898-1991)
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
Thanks for the good thoughts, Schalene.
HANNAH–I decided to take a virtual road trip around the town where my grandfather was born. Google maps street view made it easy and fun. Give it a try for one of your ancestor’s town.
Challenging Edward Benedict (1872-1952) https://dawnsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/52-week-challenge-week-30-edward-benedict-1872-1952/
Easy Ada Elizabeth Hoddinott (1862-1916
Thank you for filling us in on your situation.I have been worried about you. I wish you all the best in assimilating your changes and meeting the challenges. I am glad your mother is doing well. I have been trying to assist my mother-in-law with her own challenge – a diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer. That being said, pursuing my family research takes my mind off of other things. Here are my posts for weeks 30 and 31:
If I hadn’t used some intuition, I would have never found the roots of this family in Germany. It was a long, protracted and CHALLENGING search.
Anton Stephan – “Following Bunches of Hunches” http://wp.me/p4ioO6-fH
It is EASIER to research someone when a parent has known them well and shared their stories.
Henry Schatz – “Easy to Know You” http://wp.me/p4ioO6-g4
Take care, Amy. I guess I must be busy, too, as I would have sworn I had already shared my post #30. But nope–waiting for Fearless Leader.
I took “challenging” and “easy” as it applied to the people’s lives rather than to my research. If it had been research, they’d be reversed. The one with the “challenging” life was easy to research and the one with the apparently easy life was–and is– a challenge.
#30 Helen STUCKY (BAIR,KOHLER) faced such a challenge that I have a hard time even wrapping my mind around it.
#31 Frederick STUCKY, her father, led an outwardly placid life–but this family must have given him sleepless nights. I’m still untangling them.
Thanks to a sister in law and cousin of my husband (these are his family) I have lots of photos.
Amy, Thanks for the update. Best wishes for your mom and prayers for continued improvement. I think your struggles just illustrate what we all go through trying to keep all the balls in the air. It makes me feel less guilty about my own lapses and periods of neglect on my blog. Thanks for all you do for this challenge. It’s really helped me be a better researcher and writer while allowing me to connect with other bloggers and their wonderful family stories.
Challenging – Not particularly difficult to research, but each discovery seemed to lead to new questions. The challenge of every genealogist is the neverending quest for information.
COTTON, Guy Morrison http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/08/mystery-guy-52-ancestors-30.html
Easy – This comes from a book about my ancestors that has been a great resource to get me started in my research.
YATES, Gilbert William http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/08/live-long-and-prosper-52-ancestors-31.html
Best wishes for your Mom, Amy,
I haven’t had a post for the Challenging Theme, although I have many lines that are challenging. Maybe this is why I didn’t post something.
But for the Easy Theme I share some thoughts about Payback. Although the title is in English, but the post is in German as usual:
Glad to hear everything is as okay as it can be for you and your family. Yes, I like the philosophy of “light a candle.”
Challenging – I wrote about my longtime brick wall ancestor (whom I’ve written about before): Susan ROOD Chapin (1799-18??) at http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2015/07/susan-rood-chapin-challenging.html – where was she born and who were her parents? And where did she die?
Easy (relatively easy anyway, for a third great-grandfather) – Thomas Jefferson GORIN (1808-1883) at http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2015/08/thomas-j-gorin-52-Ancestors-31.html of Kentucky.
“Relatively” easy? Isn’t everything in genealogy “relative”? Sorry — I couldn’t resist 😉
Samuel Bullen in early New England was easy to research (to a point!) because my Uncle Bob had done all the ground work the difficult old-fashioned way and because New England records are so abundant.
Another of my difficult ones is John Benjamin Blyther/Blyather – https://kessgen.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/52-ancestors-2015-30-john-benjamin-blytherblyather-difficult-to-research/
Easy? Well…. even the so-called ‘easy’ ones have puzzles
Sigrid (or Sarah) Holien who emigrated to the USA from Norway was my “Difficult” story. I have found sorting out her family relationships to be very confusing but DNA has enabled me to connect with other of her descendants.
CHALLENGING – No. 30 – Charlotte BORTLE, NY, 1797-1879 This is the fourth time I’ve written about this ancestor, who married one of my 3-in-a-row Grover BUEL(L) ancestors!
EASY – No. 31 – Henry Luther RICE, IL to CA, 1857-1934 with a new-to-me photo as well. He’s in my ex-husband’s line, his grandfather. Keeping the kids and cousins happy with this one.
Thanks for filling us in on what’s been going on, Amy. I was concerned about you. I hope things get better for you and your family.
#30 – BUISE – “Challenging”: Elizabeth Buise
Elizabeth was the wife of my 3rd-great-grandfather John Bennet Winters,
#31 – BORG – “Easy”: Marie Louise Borg
Marie was my 2nd-great-grandmother.
For Challenging I wrote about my 2nd great grandfather who seems to have changed his name:
For Easy I wrote about my 5th great grandfather who has a house still standing and is featured on a historical website:
“Challenging” for my side of the family, “easy” for my husband’s side:
#30 – Josephte Adam, a challenging ancestor
#31 – Wasyl Cazakoff, From Russia to Canada
Amy, deep breaths and one day at a time. Sending out prayers.
Margaret Athya – no. 46 (week 30) http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/07/52-ancestors-no-46-margaret-athya-week.html
Howard Stanley Smith – no. 47 (week 31) http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/07/52-ancestors-no-47-howard-stanley-smith.html
I can’t believe I’m almost at my first 52!
Congrats on getting close to your first 52! And thank you for the kind words
#30 – Challenges I still face in my research
#31 – Easy to research?
Good luck Amy
I am still unable to find any birth or baptism records for one of my 3-times-great grandfather Henry Proctor RICHARDSON the first. But in spite of this, I am betting that his parents were Henry Richardson and Martha Proctor – seems quite likely, wouldn’t you agree?
I decided to focus on collaborations and kind deeds as part of this story about another 3-times-great grandfather, James HARRIS, whose daughter Elizabeth married Henry Proctor Richardson II (son of the above). In the process of researching my Harris line a met a new third cousin once removed who graciously shared some of his sources with me, and did some more digging in local record office to learn even more. We were both winners!
Amy, thanks so much for the update; we understand your need to change your priorities for a time – life does not sound “easy” for you at present. From the sounds of it, your new priorities also involve your family and other aspects of genealogy at least. When the time is right you’ll be able to return to your own research and stories. I am grateful for this 52 ancestor “challenge” that you created – it has SO beneficial and rewarding for me this year. Thank you. We’ll all keep your home fires burning here with our stores:) Take care.
Thanks, Claudia. I appreciate the kind thoughts.
Lifting you and yours up. It’s all about family – the blogs can remain idle
I’m adding three posts to this – one for each of the challenges,mans one that came as a direct result of the challenge! So, thanks for that.
Result of that post was this discovery:
And, finally, Easy, a tribute to those who journeyed thru genealogy before me and with me:
Thank you, Lori. And way to go with the new discovery!
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Amy. Sometimes our blogs and things we “have” to do are our saving grace for our sanity:) And if not, and you need a break, we will all understand.
McNIEL – William McNiel (c1760-1817), Battle of Brandywine Survivor, 52 Ancestors #83
HARROLD, HARRELL, HERRELL – John Harrold (c1750-1825), Forger?, 52 Ancestors #82
Both of these are Wilkes County, NC ancestors. These lines then migrated to Claiborne County, TN.
For difficult I did Francis “Frank” Collins because Irish Genealogy is difficult!
For easy I did my 2nd Great Grandfather Henry Kells because he was easy to find.
When it comes to the most challenging, a few ancestors fit the bill. I chose to write about an ancestor who only ever showed up in one census and seemed to disappear as mysteriously as he appeared.
As for easy… This ancestor isn’t the easiest, rather he became easier once I realized the reason for my family’s obsession with always using his middle initial.
WISEHEART, William H.
Georgia Glidden Lazier, Milliner
Thanks to you Amy for all your wonderful posts and insights – this year has been tough for me as well – my mother passing in March and extended hospitalisation in June/July. Thankfully I am back ‘on deck’ whatever that means and hope to be getting back to the 52 ancestors challenge – I do love the challenge – it makes me think about my family – hope that 2015 continues to improve for you – I love the John Lennon quote by the way
Week 30 is about my great-great-grandmother’s sister. I had previously written about the trouble g-g-grandmother Ellen Steward gave me (see week 18), this week it is Margaret Steward’s turn.
Week 31 is still to come as I’m in catch up mode due to illness, workload and the winter blues
I got behind for a while, but have since caught up to week 31. I am now working on my 3rd great grandparents. Here are my ancestors for these 2 weeks
30: Elizabbeth Croffts http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/08/52-ancestors-week-30-elizabeth-croffts.html
31: Mark Merryweather http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/08/52-ancestors-week-31-mark-merryweather.html
GUNTHER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #30 Andrew C Gunther (1858 – 1931) – A Research Challenge by Eileen Souza of Old Bones Genealogy
FURLANI – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #31 Candido Furlani (1888 – 1938) by Eileen Souza of Old Bones Genealogy
52 Ancestors No.31: ANNAL-HESS Genealogy is easier when you find distant cousins http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/08/52-ancestors-no31-meeting-distant.html
52 Ancestors No. 29: MOYNAHAN: Mary (Moynahan) Moynahan of Corktown, Detroit
Sometimes genealogical research has you going in circles and sometimes on the second or third time around in the same circle you discover something new.
Such is the case with my first cousin (4x removed) Mary Moynahan of Essex county who married Mathew J. Moynahan of Ireland.
When I was researching the beautiful zinc Moynahan headstones at Mt Elliott cemetry, I had no idea I would eventually return to Timothy Moynahan (1813-1902) of Maidstone, Essex county. I also had no idea that this research would take me into Corktown, Detroit and connecting with researcher Paul Szewczyk and learning about 19th century Corktown’s tradition of female home ownership.
Do you believe in generational curses?This comes from a reminiscence recorded years ago about my great-great-great grandfather.
A bit behind, but slowly catching up. Here is week 31’s post on my Great Grandfather
DEMPSEY, Thomas, a Carter from Glasgow Scotland
Fort week #30, I wrote about my 2nd great grand aunt Violet Ann Jones Devaughn. Here’s the link:
Week #31 Mary Jane Devaughn Fenderson, my 1st cousin 3x removed. I wrote about. She was born in Morehead City, NC but settled eventually in Philadelphia, PA. Here’s the link: http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/08/52-ancestors-2015-edition-31-mary-jane.html.
I will keep your mother and you in prayer. Stay strong.
Thank you, Andrea. I truly appreciate that.
NAVARRO RODRIGUEZ, BEATRIZ – My 11th great-grandmother married a Spanish soldier and followed him from Mexico (New Spain) to what is now New Mexico in 1598. His murder left her a widow in a strange country and she had to remarry to protect herself and her children,
YOUNG – Week 30 – Challenging Ancestor: 2nd GGF, Richard T. Young. Other than finding it “challenging” to get caught up (due to some unforeseen challenges in other areas of life!)…He is my focus for this week. My Pinterest Board address here:
(In case you see this, Amy – prayers & good thoughts for your mother!)
Thanks, Patti. I appreciate that.
Easy, week 31 – Many genealogists are descended from royalty, but we should be grateful we didn’t live as royals in the Middle Ages. We would have died young of some disease that is treatable or preventable today. Being royal wasn’t always easy.
BYRD – Week 31 – For the theme of “Easy” – I chose my Great Grandfather, Robert Barton Byrd. My Pinterest Board address here:
HUBOU – A find in the Calvados Archives!
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=1728
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=1484