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52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 34 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-34Is anyone else really confused about when we are?  Between school starting (which seems especially early this year), much cooler temperatures here in the Midwest (also early), and a “late” Labor Day, I am utterly confused as to when I am.

It didn’t help that my mom reminded me that Christmas is 4 months from this past Tuesday. Sigh.

The optional theme for Week 34 was “Non-population.” If you followed the theme, I hope you had as much fun digging into the non-population schedules as I always do!

Leave a comment with a link to your Week 34 post and a little bit about your ancestor. As always, take a look at Week 33’s posts. Be warned — there are some sad stories in the “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent” theme.

(My writing this week was on my other blog: “How Quilting Is Like Genealogy” and “National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers: A Surprisingly Rich Resource.” In that one, I went into more detail with the record shown on the Bryan Cranston episode of Who Do You Think You Are?“)

Upcoming Optional Themes

    • Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days
    • Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living
    • Week 37 (September 10-16) – Large Family
    • Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place
    • Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual

If you need some ideas on how to approach September’s theme, I have some on the September themes announcement. (As always, the themes are optional. Write about whomever you want!)

September 2015 Themes for 52 Ancestors

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It’s time for the September 2015 optional themes for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Here they are:

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Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living: September 7 is Labor Day in the United States. Write about an ancestor and his or her occupation.

Week 37 (September 10-16) – Large Family. Did you know that all 10 of the most common birthdays are in September? (If you’re a chart geek like me, check out this heat map of birth date frequencies.) So let’s feature an ancestor who had a large family or who was a member of a large family.

Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place: What has been  your favorite place to research? Which ancestor came from there?

Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual: What is the most unusual record you’ve ever found? Or, who is the most unusual of your ancestors? (You can take that any way you want to!)

Remember, these themes are optional. They’re meant to spark ideas about who to write about; they aren’t rules you must follow.

The only rule is to enjoy the process :)

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 33 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-33The optional theme this week was “defective,” and the posts that I read were anything but defective!

Lori Ann Wegner of The Buttermaker and the Midwife posted “Herman Loock Was Too Deaf for the Draft.” Cheri Hudson Passey of Carolina Girl Genealogy wrote “Defective Ancestors — the Dorritys.” She also found some interesting discrepancies among the records. Cheryl Biermann Hartley of My Search for the Past wrote about her ancestor “Nettie Walton – a Documented Idiot.”

On a personal note, as the mother of a Deaf son, I’d like to thank everyone, first, for tackling this subject and, second, for doing so with such compassion.

Your Turn

Who did you write about for Week 33 (whether or not you used the optional theme)? Leave a comment with a link below. Take a few moments to look at the posts from Week 32. I continue to be amazed at the writing we see every week.

Upcoming Optional Themes

  • Week 34 (August 20-26) – Non-Population
  • Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days

A bit of a delay with the September themes. Moving my daughter back to college too more time than I planned. (You’d think after doing this 3 times before that I’d know it always takes longer than planned!)

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 32 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-32The days are getting noticeably shorter. Some schools in my area are already back in session. Sweaters are filling department store shelves. And I continue to be amazed — both good and bad — at the speed that it all happens.

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Several of you had fun with the “32” theme for this week. Cathy Meder-Dempsey  at Opening Doors in Brick Walls has probably the most colorful post (literally!) that I’ve seen in awhile. Check out “Johann Gorges and Anna Maria Botz – 2 of 32.” Cheryl Biermann Hartley did a fun twist on the theme with “Anna Odilia Greiner – Thirty-two Things I Know About Her” on her blog My Search for the Past.

My week has been spent packing up things for my daughter’s return to college, reviewing presentations, research, and writing. (My latest post is “Library Websites for Genealogy: More Than Just the Catalog.”)

Your Turn

Who did you write about this week? Was it one of your “32”? Whether you wrote about a 3rd-great-grandparent or someone else, leave a comment with a link to your post and a little bit about them. We’d love to read it! Also be sure to check out the Weeks 30 and 31 recap — it’s double the reading goodness!

Upcoming Optional Themes

  • Week 33 (August 13-19) – Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent
  • Week 34 (August 20-26) – Non-Population
  • Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days

Look for the September themes early next week!

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Weeks 30 and 31 Recap

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“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 :)

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52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 29 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-29Folks, keeping the intro to this short and sweet. (And a heads up that next week’s will likely be the same.) Believe me, I wish that things were different…

Who did you write about this past week? Leave a comment with the link and a bit about your ancestor.

Upcoming Optional Themes:

August 2015 Themes for 52 Ancestors

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Believe it or not, summer will soon be winding down. Time to get in some more research — and some more blogging! Needing some inspiration to get you through the last of the summer heat? Here are the optional themes for 52 Ancestors for August:

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Week 31 (July 30-August 5) – Easy: We ended July with “Challenging,” so it seems fitting to begin August with “Easy.” Which ancestor has been pretty easy to research? (Come on, there has to be one!)

Week 32 (August 6-12) – 32. For Week 32, let’s focus on one of your 32 3rd-great-grandparents. (If you’ve already written about all of them — first, congrats on identifying all of them! — consider writing about one of their siblings.)

Week 33 (August 13-19) – Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent: In 1880, there was a special census schedule for “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes” — the blind, deaf, paupers, homeless children, prisoners, insane, and idiotic. Do you have someone in your family tree who would have been classified as such? (To learn more about the special 1880 schedule, see my post, “Do You Have a Defective Ancestor?“)

Week 34 (August 20-26) – Non-Population: While we’re on the subject of special census schedules, have you found an ancestor on a non-population census — agriculture, industry, manufactures,  or 1890 Union veterans? Tell us about him or her.

Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days: Many kids have returned to school by this time. What do you know about your ancestors’ school days? Do you have any yearbooks? Have you found him or her in a local school census? (Certainly nobody knows about any senior pranks they pulled 😉 )

Remember — these themes are optional. They’re meant to give you ideas, not frustrate you :-)

Weekly recaps will continue to be posted on Thursdays. Please leave your links on the weekly recap posts, not here on this post. (More people will see them on the weekly recap — and you want your cousins out there to find you!)

Happy blogging :)

 

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 28 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-28Road trip! Not only was it the optional theme for Week 28, but it’s also something I’m doing right now! (Ok, technically it’s a plane trip, but that somehow doesn’t sound right.)

As always, there were some great posts this week. Here are just a few:

  • Genealogy Road Trip – Why Didn’t I Take Them?” by Cheri Hudson Passey on Carolina Girl Genealogy. I think we can all relate to Cheri’s question.
  • Catherine Carr Hunter,” by Elizabeth Handler on From Maine to Kentucky. Elizabeth wants to take a road trip to Pittsburgh to research Catherine. (Elizabeth, if you go, allot some time to go up the Dusquene Incline. Very cool, especially at night!)
  • The Irish Brogue and French Priests,” by Cindi on My Moynahan Genealogy Blog. Cindi discusses the challenges she’s had with finding the right parish in Ireland, made more difficult with some language issues.

As for my road trip (or plane trip, as the case may be), I’m in Utah right now. I had a free day and, surprisingly, didn’t go to the Family History Library. Here’s why I skipped it.

Your Turn

Who did you write about this week? Leave a comment with a link to your post. Be sure to share a little bit about that ancestor — that’s how cousin bait works! Don’t forget to go look at the posts from Week 27. Maybe someone wrote about one of your ancestors!

Upcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 29 (July 16-22) – Musical
  • Week 30 (July 23-29) – Challenging

The optional themes for August will be posted on Monday!

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 27 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-27We just passed the July 4th weekend. In the U.S., that means Independence Day. (Or, as one of my UK friends put it, “Ungrateful Colonists Day.” Guess it depends on your point of view!)

Among the many good posts I read this week were:

  • #27 Anna Noble Ryan,” by Eileen A. Souza on Old Bones Genealogy. Her ancestor died in a lucky place. (Well, it was lucky for Eileen, not so lucky for her ancestor… )
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Patriots and Loyalists,” by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree. The title says it all!
  • Mary Susan Henderson: Not Forgotten,” by Melissa Wiseheart on A Wise Heart’s Journey. Melissa explains about how she gets tunnel vision with her ancestors and how she broke out of it. (I think we can all relate to that!)

“Real life” has kept me from blogging about my ancestors. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to resume some family blogging soon. (In the meantime, I have been blogging over on my other site. One post this week even kept with the 52 Ancestors theme this week: “How You Can Honor America’s Second War for Independence.”)

Your Turn

Who did you write about this week? Patriot? Independent spirit? Someone else entirely? (Remember, it is an optional theme!) Leave a comment with a link below. Also take a break from the summer heat and read the posts from Week 26. As always, there are some wonderful stories there!)

Upcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 28 (July 9-15) – Road Trip
  • Week 29 (July 16-22) – Musical
  • Week 30 (July 23-29) – Challenging

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 26 Recap

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52ancestors-2015-26Week 26. We’re halfway there! Not coincidentally, “Halfway” was the optional theme for this week.

Some of the posts that stood out this week were:

Your Turn

Who did you write about this past week? Leave a comment below with a link to your post and a little bit about your ancestor.

Upcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 27 (July 2-8) – Independent
  • Week 28 (July 9-15) – Road Trip
  • Week 29 (July 16-22) – Musical
  • Week 30 (July 23-29) – Challenging

The July themes post has some suggestions on how you might interpret these optional themes. Use it as a starting point — use your imagination!