52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Weeks 35 and 36 Recap

52ancestors-2015Oops. Last week I had scheduled the recap post.. or, rather, I thought I had scheduled the recap post. I saved it, set the day and time, but apparently didn’t click the “schedule” button. Sorry about that :(

The optional theme for Week 35 was “School Days.” Week 36 brought us “Working for a Living.” Who did you write about (whether or not you used the themes)? Please leave a comment with a link to your post. Also take a look at the posts from Week 34 (“Non-Population”) — there were some really cool finds in there!

Upcoming Optional Themes

    • Week 37 (September 10-16) – Large Family
    • Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place
    • Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual

40 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Weeks 35 and 36 Recap

  1. Schalene Dagutis

    Week 35
    Yearbooks for Personality
    How I use Ancestry.com’s US School Yearbook collection and what I like and don’t like about them.

    Week 36
    Occupations in a Coal Mine
    So many of my ancestors were coal miners in Canada, Scotland, and the U.S. I’ve summarized what I’ve learned about the various occupations employed to support mining. These are mostly from the early 1800s to prior to WWII.

    None of these posts are about specific ancestors.

  2. Vera Marie Badertscher

    The themes for these two weeks were just too perfect for my mother and my father. So I abandoned temporarily my tracing of my husband’s family and went back to mine.

    Week 35:

    Harriette ANDERSON (KASER) A teacher’s school photos. I talk about the beginnings of my mother’s teaching career in the 1920s and 30s and show some of her collection of pictures from school. If you are interested in the nitty gritty, the post that shows up just above this one, talks about what home economics education was like when she started teaching.


    Week 36:

    Paul KASER: Work for a living or for a career?

    He was a hard worker and had an amazing career as a hydrologist that utilized his scientific interests as well as his creative writing skills, despite a lack of formal higher education. Lots of photos and newspaper articles with this one.


  3. Claudia Boorman

    For weeks 35 and 36, I wrote about two brothers, both my mother’s first cousins and both dedicated to public service in their own ways:

    #35 – Geoffrey Clement ANDREW was Professor of English as well as Dean and Deputy President at the University of Vancouver until 1962. He was a champion of improved access to higher education across Canada.

    #36 – Arthur Julian ANDREW served in Canada’s Foreign Service in postwar Europe between 1953 and 1978 in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Cyprus, Israel, Sweden and Greece. Arthur was also an author and an educator.

  4. Beth Gatlin

    Week 35 “School Days”: Florence Kathleen Boe
    I wrote about my maternal grandfather’s sister’s high school days and included pictures from her yearbook.

    Week 36 “Working for a Living”: John Boe
    I wrote about my great-grandfather’s occupations over the course of his life. He worked for automobile companies and became president of one. He also had a farm machinery business.

  5. Celia

    Week 35 School Days: Clara Augusta “Gussie” GRAVES my great-grandmother & her report card from an interesting Finishing School/College in New York. Fascinating. Smart cookie!

    Week 36 Working For A Living: Thomas Hepard ATHERTON, my son-in-law’s 2nd great-grandfather, and his only time listed on Censuses with an occupation listed as “Coachman”… then he went back to farming!

  6. Wendy Negley

    School days I did my Great Aunt Mabel who was a schoolteacher in Ft. Worth, TX, she also was very big on family history!
    Working, I did Johan Forman who was a “careth makeren” in Kristianstad, Sweden in 1725, I found him and what that meant on line!

  7. C*M*FCindi

    Week 35 BRODERICK: Still Searching for WW II PoW Stories:

    My first cousin (2x removed) – RCAF Warrant Officer (Bomb Aimer) Leo Joseph Martin Broderick was born December 22, 1919 and died in WW II on 06 September 1943 at the young age of 24.

    I wondered what the newly released PoW records said and would they help me understand what happened that night?


  8. Cheryl Biermann Hartley


    I fell behind while we were traveling in Montreal and Quebec City. I am trying to get caught up now. Here is #35 for “School Days.” This was a tough one to research. It isn’t easy to find information about 18th century education in the Pfalz – not in English, anyway. On a bright note, I found quite a bit of new information on my ancestor!

    Johan Jacob Elsässer – “Die Schulmeister” http://wp.me/p4ioO6-h8

  9. Patti Di Loreto

    BYRD – William David Byrd (1835-1903), my 2nd Great Grandfather. My choice for week 35 would far better fit the theme for week 36, due to his many occupations, however, because one of those occupations listed was “teacher” – I’m using him for the “School Days” theme. And it’s really a scant connection to it as I know NOTHING about his time as a teacher, NOTHING! But every other ancestor that would fit this theme really well has been featured already, sigh! My Pinterest board address here:


  10. Judy Everett Ramos

    School days – This is the story of how my ancestor cousins, Frank Armstrong Crawford (a female) and Amelia Townsend, and Amelia’s husband Holland McTyiere, convinced my other cousin, Cornelius Vanderbilt, to donate the money to establish Vanderbilt University. Frank, Amelia, and Cornelius were all cousins and they’re my cousins, too. Without them, Vanderbilt University would not exist.


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