I’m not that big on New Year’s resolutions. As one of my friends recently posted on Facebook, a New Year’s resolution is the to-do list for the first week of January. Instead, I like “challenges.” (Ok, maybe it’s a thin distinction, but it works for me.) Since I want to blog more (and blog more regularly) in 2014, I’m setting up a challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.
Challenges often go better when people do them together, so I encourage you to try 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on your blog. Don’t have a blog? Post something each week on Facebook, send an email to your family members, write something in a journal… write it anywhere!
Who’s with me for this? If you’re in, leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can all follow along!
UPDATE (8 January): If you’d like to participate, please check out the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” page.
I am going to accept the challenge over at Janet the Researcher. (http://researchergal.blogspot.com)
Yay Janet! I look forward to reading your posts!
Mines is at http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-edward.html
I accept as well. http://petersonsfamilytree.blogspot.com/2014/01/week-1-ancestor.html
This is a great idea to get me to keep up on my blogging. I’m off to do my first post!!
Good idea. I’m in. How do you want us to label our posts? http://finding-forgotten-stories.com
Good question! Maybe tag with 52Ancestors? Any suggestions?
52 Ancestors: Ancestor #X ? It would be nice to have a consistent label in the title to do searches on them.
That could work.
This is how I am doing it. Makes the most sense to me.
I was planning to title my posts “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Ancestor Name” and then tag it 52Ancestors and categorize it as Family Stories. I look forward to other ideas.
OK, I’ve done an intro: http://finding-forgotten-stories.com/2014/01/03/ready-for-a-challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Great idea! I am accepting this challenge and will be blogging over on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
This challenge strikes a chord with me and fits into my desire to blog more frequently and consistently so I think I will give it a shot at my blog, Old Bones Genealogy, http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/blog/.
Go for it, Eileen! Hopefully this challenge will be engaging enough to stick with, but not so hard to make it frustrating. And even if we don’t make it all 52 weeks, it’s something more than nothing
It seems to be to be a doable challenge. And it fits in with my current determination to write down the stories–large and small–I have been discovering over the years of doing genealogy. I’m in–on my blog http://www.collectingancestors.com.
Yay, Wally! It’s great to hear from you again! Been a long time since our OGS board days.
I accept the challenge. I’m going to my 52 ancestors in 52 weeks post every Monday on Tangled Roots and Trees (http://tangledrootsandtrees.blogspot.com).
I’m looking forward to it.
Great! Look forward to reading your posts!
I’m in. Will you keep a link-list of participants so that we can find others easily by checking here? This system works well for the A to Z April Challenge. (You can see the sign-up list here: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/2012-to-z-challenge-sign-up-list.html )
Oops — forgot to link my blog: http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
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I love this idea!! If I WAS going to have a goal for 2014 it would certainly be to blog more. So, I’m going to accept this challenge over at Random Relatives (http://www.randomrelatives.blogspot.com/)
Can’t wait to follow along and read what others are writing as well.
Great to have you on board!
What a great idea, Amy! I have trouble coming up with ideas, but once I have one planted, I can go to town with it. Thanks!
I can’t wait to read your posts, Miss Peggy!
I am going to try to do this!! I love the idea! But I am also a grad student so no guarantees that I can make it, but I am gonna try hard!! I actually have two blogs, and I believe a class I am taking this semester will lead me to creating a third — yikes!
I resolve to write something on one of them each week!! Thanks for the challenge!!
I remember my grad school days; I completely understand your workload! Write when you can — anything is more than what you have right now
Zirkle, Zerkle is my line.
I’m in! This is perfectly sized for my return to blogging. Thank you, Amy.
Yay! I’m sure you’l have some great posts!
I’m in! I’ll be posting mine over at http://www.ourfamiliesuntoldstories.com. I’m excited! This will force me to look away from just my brick walls!
Sometimes it’s good to look away from the brick walls for a little bit
Adding my name to the list, gonna give it a whirl! Thanks Amy!
I look forward to seeing your posts!
I started a new blog today for the other side of my family. I have been researching my dad’s side for several years and it’s time to go in another direction. This comes along at the right time. I’ve already retitiled my first post as 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.
How cool is that?!
I’ve been trying to think of something for a weekly post. This is it! Thanks!
I’ve never known you to be without ideas, Linda, but I’m glad I could help
Thanks again Amy! Looks like I will be in great company with this Challenge!
Count me in! I’m also blogging Julie Goucher’s “Book of Me,” but I like this idea very much as well. I will run out of ancestors before 52 weeks go by, but maybe I’ll make some discoveries before then. I’m at http://onecrazybranchatatime.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-im-doing-here.html
But bear with me; not all of my ancestors were terrific people…. but all were interesting, at least to me.
I don’t know anyone who only has terrific ancestors!
Oh ALL of my ancestors were terrific…some were terrifically good, some were terrifically BAD, some were terrifically married (5 times is my winner), some were terrifically hard to find….
I like the way you think, Diana!
I’m SO in. What a great idea. Of course it is easy for me to say, since I basically have done a different ancestor each Thursday at Ancestors in Aprons since I started the blog last May. To be clear, you are asking for a DIFFERENT ancestor each week? I ask because sometimes I have several stories about one ancestor–but I guess I can just add a third post per week to my present two if I have “spillover.”
I also second the idea of having a list somewhere that we can easily check for other people who are participating, so we can exchange links and promote through social media.
I’d suggest each of our posts should include something like “this post is part of a challenge from No Story Too Small'(linked to your blog.” All that Google juice is helpful. 😉
The idea is to have one ancestor per week (52 ancestors in all), but you can make it whatever you want. Nobody is going to audit you… and if they do, well, they need to get a life.
I’m planning on doing a weekly recap (likely on Wednesdays).
And I like your suggestion to include a link back here to the NSTS blog. I hated to mention it, but since you brought it up…. 😉
Here’s my first post:
Wow, you’re on the ball!
Here is my first post
This is the prompt I need to get back to regular blogging! I’m in –
http://www.fromatozophar.com. I will write the first post this weekend.
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Thanks for the challenge. Great idea! http://www.dealwithyourpast.com/2014/01/03/52-ancestors-1-roy-william-gradwell/
I’m in too. My blog is Fascinated by the Dead. I need something to make me do a post a week. Do you have a button we can put on our blog?
Ooooo, a button would be great. Wish I could volunteer, but I’m not clever at graphics.
The closest I have to a button would be the graphic in this post. You’re free to use it, but would appreciate a link back to this post.
Does anyone want to volunteer to make a button/graphic for this (one that looks better than the one I cobbled together in Photoshop)?
I’m in! What a great way to “encourage” making family history a higher priority! Thanks, Amy
I plan to do 52 Ancestors challenge at my http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/ blog on Tuesdays… and tie it to a WikiTree ancestor Profile… have been wanting a good way to do more of these. What better way, right?? Thanks for the challenge! 😉
Thanks for joining! I know you have lots of good stories to tell!
I love this idea, Amy! Fits right in with my desire (notice I didn’t say goal) to write more about my ancestors this year. Hope I can keep up by focusing on the little things that make family history fun!
I’m in over at http://www.findingmydead.com/blog/. Once a week sounds perfect for me. Thanks, this is a great idea.
Just started building my genealogy website so this will challenge will really help ! Thanks!
Love this! I think that this is simple enough for me to follow – even with my crazy busy schedule. I’m definitely gonna try it out.
Elyse, with your schedule, I’m surprised you have time to breathe!
A great challenge and I look forward to taking part..
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Hi, Amy – my first post is at http://scotsue-familyhistoryfun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/52-ancestors-my-grandmother-alice.html. A brick wall story about my grandmother, r.
This sounds like fun, il be posting at ourownhistory.blogspot.com.
This is a huge amount of discipline for this free-spirited blogger (translation: slacker blogger)….but changing things up is very healthy! Thanks for the fun blogging kick in the pants!
I’m a day late, but I’m in! http://midwestancestree.blogspot.com/2014/01/john-hanlon-1831-1895-happy-183rd.html
You’re not late at all!
I think I have captured the blogs of everyone who said they were participating. If I missed anyone, please add a comment to my blog post, http://tangledrootsandtrees.blogspot.com/2014/01/accepting-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks.html, and I will add you to the list.
This will be fun!
Thank you, Schalene. You’ve captured mine just fine.
Thank you, Amy. I’m joining.
Add me to the list 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
Glad you joined!
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I am already organizing to post “Ancestory Saturday” which is to put the ancestor posts all on one day of the week rather than on their birth-dates. Sometime I do have other things I post on “When I was 69” Hope to read other’s blogs about their ancestors also!
That was supposed to say Ancestor Saturday. SOrry about typo.
I am in! Does my “today in my family tree” already count? 😉
Sure! If you wouldn’t mind adding “52 Ancestors” and the week # to the title if the posts you want included in the recap, that would be great. Thanks!
And here it is.. http://schmidtbarbara.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/december-6-claus-hinrich-kranz-52ancestors/
Oops.. I just realized that I forgot the # in the title.. I added it, but that won’t change the URL.
Love this blog prompt! Here’s mine http://rootsbranchesandnuts.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1-albert-cargo.html
I am in! This is a great way to get me refocused and to be able to look deeper into what I am missing in my tree! Thanks for starting this. I will hope to get my first post done this weekend!
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I’m in! Here’s my first post: 52 Ancestors #1: Ādams Baburs – http://www.celmina.com/genealogy/2014/01/52-ancestors-1-adams-baburs/
I’m up for the challenge — what a great idea.
Here’s my first week’s post: http://tracingmyroots.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1/
-Laura Johnston, Columbia, Mo.
I read your post. Blogging with a busy toddler in the house?! Wow!
If it makes you feel any better, I think most of us have that feeling of “I wish I had recorded more of his stories.”
This is a great challenge, Amy! Count me in, too at http://www.yvonnesgenealogyblog.blogspot.ca
Well, I posted my first one yesterday. Only 51 more weeks to go.
I accept the challenge. Out of 50K odd names in my database, I should be able to find 52.
Whoops, omitted my URL: http://email@example.com
As a new blogger, thanks for this challenge – it should help me to improve and form a habit of posting regularly.
Off to work on the first one!
That’s so exciting! It’s so cool to see new blogs!
I love the idea, I don’t have a blog yet but one of my goals for 2014 is to start one. Now I have the prefect starting point I may have to post two one week to catch up. Once I have it set up I will definitely share the link.
That’s great! Can’t wait to see your new blog!
I’m determined! I’ve had a blog for many years and have never kept it up like I should! This may be the inspiration I need!
I accept the challenge and will also attempt to follow the trend of pinning each for a board called family stories.
thanks for the challenge…khanks-possibilities.com
I’m in, but I don’t have a blog yet. I’ll put my posts on my Facebook page.
Great idea! I’m taking on the challenge at http://familysleuther.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the great idea! I just posted using the heading “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: [ancestor name].” This challenge will also encourage me to rotate my focus among all the different families I’ve been researching. So many ancestors, so little time. Happy new year,
I accept the challenge and this inspired me to start a blog (at long last!!!!)
This will help me with blogging since I’m attempting to create a blog. I’ll start next week. Maybe this will cure me of my candy crush addiction.
Don’t count on it. You have plenty of time to blog while you wait for more lives.
Count me in! http://mylinktothepast.blogspot.com/
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Count me in, too. What a great idea! I noticed recently that I seem to blog about a certain few surnames the most and have been thinking I need to “branch out” I also want to get back to blogging more regularly.
Oops. Sorry, here’s my blog http://www.pendletongenealogypost.com/
I am up to the challenge! It will inspire me to blog more!
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I am bravely accepting the challenge. http://my-ain-folk.blogspot.ca
Okay, I’m going to stick my neck out here, Amy.
Blogging regularly is a bit of a challenge but once a week for my personal blog sounds do-able!
Cheers for the great idea!
My first post is up at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/belovedray, entitled “Roxana Coon”.
Challenge… Accepted. I love this idea! http://amandaeperrine.blogspot.com
I’m in! I’ll be writing a short sketch for 52 of my ancestors in 52 weeks. It will be the start of my families’ “dash” story. You know all the things in life that happen between the birth and death dates that makes each person an individual. Thanks for the challenge, been wanting to get the stories fleshed out, now I’ve got an incentive to get it done. Good luck to everyone else doing the hard work of writing your family histories.
Sandy — will you be blogging? If so, please send me the link so that I can include your posts in the weekly recap. Thanks!
I need to get back to blogging – life had jumped in the way last year. I hope someone has some steel toe boots to kick my can if I start to slide off track! I decided to start off with the ancestors I found thru cousin connections on social media. Some are still with us, but deserve to be recognized! I’m buckled in, will keep all hands and feet inside this moving “vehicle” until the ride ends… good luck everyone!
I’m in! I’ve needed a prompt to start writing more about my Greek ancestral research, and this sounds perfect. Thanks so much!
I’m in! I’ve needed a prompt to start writing more about my Greek ancestral research, and this sounds perfect. My posts will be at spartanroots.wordpress.com. Thanks so much!
I am going to accept the 52 Ancestors challenge to encourage me to make the time to write a new blog post at least once a week.
What a great idea! I’m in!
Two already?! Wow, you’re on the ball!
I’m in. Great idea, need to punch up my blog so this will help. I’ll be at http://elusiveancestorhunter.wordpress.com. Maybe the family can get excited as they anxiously await the next installment of family news or photos. Really excited to get started.
Thanks for the push!
I’m late, but I’m in at http://jahcmft.blogspot.com! I try to do some sort of Ancestor Highlight 2-3 times a month, this will encourage me to do more, which my readers (family) will like. I’ve explained what I’m doing and linked to this post in http://jahcmft.blogspot.com/2014/01/im-back.html. Because of my day job I’m used to thinking (& operating) as if weeks run Monday through Sunday, so I’m already a week behind but I intend to have one up tomorrow & perhaps next Saturday to catch up. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with one a week (I still have a F/T job) but I’ll try.
You’re not a week behind — we just started! I’m going to do the weekly recaps on Wednesdays, so you have plenty of time.
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This sounds like fun. I don’t want to neglect other writing, so I’m planning on keeping it small for now. Appreciate the emphasis on “No Story too Small.”
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the “big” stories in our research that we forget about the smaller, quieter ones. They all add up to a life
I’ve been think about starting a blog, but needed a topic idea. I would like to try the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge. I’ll post my like when I create my blog.
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Great idea and here is my first post … http://laneyspast.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/52-ancestors-wk1-elizabeth-miles/.
BTW – I have also mentioned my interest on FB
You have inspired me! I have neglected my blog for years and this is something that will get me going. Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with, too. http://woodies-web.blogspot.com/
I’m going to join in on the fun too!
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This is an inspiring idea Amy- thanks!
Great idea! I’m in! I have been a bit slow to write in my blog lately.
Perhaps this will help me do it more often….Well, at least I hope so;)
Thak you for this idea!
Oopss, this is my blog:
I’m going to play along, too. I even started a blog just so I could. Come see me at http://familyunforgotten.blogspot.com/
Welcome! If you haven’t blogged before, I think you’ll find that it can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. (Even if you have blogged before, it should be fun and rewarding!)
This sounds fun! I have been slacking in my blogging lately and I think this will help! I think my first blog will be about a relative of my husbands that was involved in a murder suicide love triangle thing (he was the shooter). Interesting tidbits there!
A murder-suicide love triangle shooting?! That’s starting the challenge with a bang! (Pun totally intended )
I accept your challenge and will post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on http://www.wanderingthroughmyroots.wordpress.com.
Great challenge! I’m doing kind of the same thing by posting on ancestor’s broth dates- works out to almost one a week. Guess Ill have to step it up a bit to meet the challenge – add in posts about surname history or info about ancestral homes. Thanks for the idea.
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I’m in too (though I’m already running a tad late). Thanks, Amy.
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I did my first week’s post at http://www.jenealogy.biz/2014/01/05/52-ancestors-52-weeks-margaret-ann-clifford-alford/
Thanks for the inspiration to get writing again!
Great to see you writing again, Jen!
I love this idea! I’ll be accepting the challenge on Rooted In Foods (http://rootedinfoods.com/) and posting on Mondays!
My blog has languished over the last year. I started the new year with the death of my mother and the loss of my job on the same day – which seems to me to be a great opportunity to join the challenge. Perhaps I’ll start with mom and get it posted this afternoon on http:www.kjngenealogy.com
oops. messed up on the URL. Could you please fix? Thanks.
Got it. Thanks!
I’m in too! I will be using my blog Scoop’s Scoop at onkat.wordpress.com for my 52 Ancestors.
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I used your graphic to make a button that links to this post, Amy. Anyone is welcome to use it.
Piffle. Nothing posted. I am hoping this will.
Some codes and graphics don’t come through very well in the comments. How about you send me an email and I’ll post it in its own post. Thanks so much!
I think I forgot to add my blog address: http://whoweareandhowwegotthisway.blogspot.com/ in my previous post (still kind of a newbie…)
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I accept the challenge – blog #1 already posted! Great idea, Amy.
I will accept your invatation to write a story. Currently working on DAR application on William Gilreath Sr.. and Jr.. but will write the final story on my 2nd Great Grandfather Thomas S. A. Gilreath..
Will you be blogging? If so, could you send the link. I’d love to include your posts in the weekly recaps!
I have been mulling about how to organise a regular pattern of blogging about my ancestors for a while. Thanks Amy for your challenge! I think it will definitely challenge me but it will be good fun to try.
Ok – I have written my first post for the challenge. Jeremiah Norton is my subject, thanks again for this challenge! It appears I am not the only one who is excited to get this started.
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I am up to my eyeballs but this looks a great challenge. I will be blogging at www. anglersrest.net
I knew you wouldn’t resist this Julie! LOL I think it is going to be fun and I hope I learn to write a little better while I’m at it.
Kathleen, you mean I am predictable! LOL, I think I will use the next 52 weeks to explore some of the ancestors that I want to learn more about.
Will be blogging at <a href="www.anglersrest.net"
What a great idea! I’m in, my blog is eLuceydator
Not sure what’s up with the link I put in, probably typo’d something, here’s my blog: http://eluceydator.com
Taking the challenge at http://www.ruffnotes.org, and my first post is up! Thanks for this great idea.
My research has gone stale over the last 6 months…work and life getting in the way. This sounds like just the thing to get me going again!
Awesome! The link to your blog didn’t work Could you repost it? Thanks!
After a long break in all things genealogy I’m back in 2014 and want to participate in the challenge. I’ll be posting on my blog Piney Woods & Prairie Winds http://pineyprairie.blogspot.com/
What a wonderful idea!
My link did not come up in the post it is http://thegenealogysearch.blogspot.com/
Got it! Thanks!
I’m in too! I’m new to blogging & I’ve been collecting ideas for blog prompts. Love this one!
Love this idea! I’ll post my 52 ancestry updates via Twitter @ancestrysleuth; thanks!
Cool! Several people taking the challenge are using the hashtag #52Ancestors.
First two posts started https://sites.google.com/site/moynahangenealogy/family-tree-branches/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks
Thanks for this challenge Amy!
I am accepting the challenge. It is a great idea!
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Amy – I think this is the best idea since sliced bread! I accept this challenge and know it’ll be loads of fun, a chance to honor the lives of our family members who came before us as well as see which ancestors could use a little more tlc research! I even bet I’ll learn a thing or two reading what others post!
Thanks so much! I look forward to it!!
I don’t think I’ve ever had an idea that was the best since sliced bread! Considering my fondness for all things bread, that’s quite a compliment you paid me
Looking forward to your posts!
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I’m going to participate with your challenge. Here is a link to my first blog: http://dmbr622.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/52-ancestors-1-eva-keithley/
My first entry Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
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Thank you for suggesting this. I accept the challenge! I will be posting ancestors from my Hairston family – one that needs a lot of work! My first of 52 is at the link below.
Great idea! Just yesterday I launched a new blog, Pine Trees and Pedigrees, so this is just what I need to get rolling with regular posts. My first 52 Ancestors post is 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #1, William George Murphy. Please add me to your Wednesday list. Thanks for doing this!
Kathy (The Down East Genealogist)
Love this idea! Here’s my link:
A very good idea! Challenge accepted! Here is my first entry: 52 Ancestors, #1: Russell Hawkins
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I’m in !! I’m going to pick an ancestor who was born during each of the 52 weeks. Thanks for the challenge Amy!
My blog is : http://diggingdowneast.blogspot.com/
What a great initiative and what a great response allready.
I have been thinking about writing a “Family Book” for my children in which I want to capture the stories of their ancestors. But I never knew where to start. I guess this is the perfect opportunity to start with my book!
I am in for this challenge, but my stories will firstly be in Dutch language. If I find the time I will translate.
Looking forward to read all your stories though!
That’s an awesome project! Good luck with it!
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This is a great idea! My blog posts will be at Heart of Story – http://heartofstory.blogspot.com/
What a great idea! I’m in!
I’d love to join! I’ve been meaning to do a series of short biographies on my ancestors and I think this would be the perfect challenge!!!
I think this is an awesome idea and in small “bite size” chunks. I’m in!
I would like to accept the challenge of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. My tech skills are limited and probably the best way would be for me to do it as e-mails to family members. I’d appreciate any suggestions. I have considerable info but have not written the stories in ways that the family can appreciate them. Thanks
That’s a great question, Chris. I would advise starting small. You don’t need to tell the ancestor’s entire life all at once. And make it a story. Find something that has a beginning, middle, and end. Maybe that person fought in the Civil War. You could focus a story just on their time in the war or maybe the effect on their life afterward. Maybe an ancestor died in childbirth; tell just that story.
You’ve got me thinking about this topic — I’m going to have to give this one some more thought. I’m sure I’ll be blogging on this topic in the near future!
I’ve actually dusted off my old blog that I hadn’t updated in a few years in order to try to do this. I’m at ondrurylane.blogspot.com
I accept! I also added your graphic as you allowed – thank you!
I’ll take the challenge. One of the things I need to work on is my writing.
And apparently I need to work on the spelling of my own name. D’oh.
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My first ancestor post for the challenge is http://allmybranches.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1-franklin-blazer/
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http://kessgen.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/a-genealogy-challenge/ is the link to my first post for your challenge – 52 Ancestors #1: Hazel Pearl Roberts Reynolds.
Love the idea!
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I am taking up the 52 Ancestor challenge with my post on Marguerite Cardillion. http://wp.me/p43WgZ-2T
Hey great idea!
Count me in!
My blog is: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/
Oops, just realized I forgot to include a link when I left my message a few days ago. I’m joining in at: http://www.asenseoffamily.com . Challenge accepted, and first ancestor post scheduled for Tuesday. Thanks, Amy!
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Great idea! I’m taking the challenge! Find me at http://lifeinthepastln.blogspot.com/.
I take up the challenge – 1 ancestor based blog each week.
I’m in – sounds like a really good idea!
The first post should be up some time today
Here’s my first post
My blog has is about people from the town of West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Some were my ancestors, some were my husband’s ancestors, but most were unrelated. Still, I would love to take on this challenge. I have been wanting to post more frequently.
Here is my post. Sorry I forgot to post here. http://branchingoutthroughtheyears.blogspot.com/2014/01/sentimental-sunday-and-52-ancestors.html
Here’s my first post:
Okay here’s my offering to the challenge!! http://dengenjourney.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-1-sharyn-senecal-coughlin.html
Amy, here is my first post: 52 Ancestors Week #1: Nathaniel Tucker, Poet http://bit.ly/19WhHGD
Can’t wait to see your Wednesday recap.
How could I pass a challenge like this by? I’m in!
This sounds like a great way to put my focus back on my family. I’ve been so busy with projects that are only tangentially related to my family research, it’ll be interesting to go back and see what I actually have to write about!
I’m going to give your wonderful challenge a try. Here’s my first blog post ~
Great idea! I started the challenge here: http://genohio.wordpress.com/
I just set up my first blog. Yay! And now I have my first entry into that blog! Thank you for this challenge, I am inspired to share some of the stories that I have come across in my research!
Your first blog?! How exciting! Looking forward to all that you have to share!
I forgot to add the link to my blog in French as well.
FRE — Généalogie en tête : http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/
ENG — Genealogy on my Mind http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp
Thanks for the challenge. I’m in at http://scrappinmyhistory.blogspot.com/.
My angle is scrapbooking heritage photos, so this challenge will push me to create 52 new scrapbook layouts, too. First one just went live.
Here is my post.
This could help me focus in on ancestors that I only have an item or two about. It’ll help me keep my research going through the year. I’m in! I blog at http://mypeopleinhistory.wordpress.com
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I have accepted the challenge. http://tinachaserandom.blogspot.com/
Having actually managed to write a first post, I’d like to join in the challenge. That post is here: http://www.jenasmart.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-1-arthur-newton-st-john/
I do not have a website yet, but I will get one up and running.
I want to participate in your challenge of 52 stories in 52 weeks. I needed a push to get back into genealogy and this should do it.
I am a week late but will catch up.
Thank you for starting this project
Great, Judy! When you get your site or blog up and running, just leave a comment with a link to it and I’ll add it to the list of blogs that I’m following for this.
What a wonderful way to get past square one on my genealogy “to do” list! Thanks for the challenge. I’ll be posting at AncesTrees.wordpress.com
I am accepting the challenge, a little late into week #2, so will have to double up this week to catch up Count me in, over at hopelesslyhookedgenealogist.blogspot.com
You’re just in time for Week 2! I’ll add your blog to my list in Feedly. Just be sure to include “52 Ancestors” in the title of the posts that should be included in the weekly recaps, which I plan to continue posting on Wednesdays.
I’ve accepted the challenge. Here’s my first post: http://denisedigsroots.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1-john-ernest.html.
What a wonderful idea! I have accepted the challenge as well and will write my first post this evening. I am always looking for new prompts for blog posts. Ive borrowed your graphic as well and am joining the challenge over at: http://www.eadsnalliedfamilies.com
Glad to have you join us, Gwen!
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I’m in too. I’m late and I’m already breaking the rules, but I’m in:) This was my week 1.
That’s one of the great things about this kind of challenge — there really aren’t any rules! You can interpret “ancestor” however you want to
UPDATE: Just read your post. Wow. Just wow.
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Just found this challenge today – have made my first post – http://studybynight.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/andrew-leiper-where-are-you-now/
Now I just need to keep going, will categorise them all under the “52 Ancestors” category
Awesome! If you want your posts in the weekly recaps, please be sure to have the phrase “52 Ancestors” in the post title. Otherwise, I’ll likely miss it in my blog reader.
Understood – also, do they have to be strictly Ancestors? or can they be siblings of Ancestors?
They can be whomever you want.
Oh Goody! I have some “juicy” stories then!
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FIrst blog ( where it all began)
I submitted 2 blogs today on WordPress. I just learned how to do it; it’s fun. Here’s my link:
Do I need to send you my link every week Amy?
P.S. I’m a retired librarian/library media specialist!
Congrats on the new blog! You don’t need to send the link every week. I have you in my blog reader; as long as you have “52 Ancestors” in the title of your posts, I should be able to find them. Thanks!
Here is my first submission so that I can continue to write about my own family history. I will also invite family members so that they will be aware of what I have done regarding this research so far.
My blog posts are located at dgfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com
Thanks for the challenge! I’m a little late getting started, but I’ve just published my first post on a new blog I set up at http://findingmyancestors.blogspot.com.
Hi, Amy, Here is my latest contribution at http://scotsue-familyhistoryfun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/52-ancestors-4-finding-florence.html,
I take it you do not need us to give a ink each time we post, or else your comment ox will soon get clogged up, as your challenge is proving so popular. I am a bit out of step week wise, as I counted Jan 1sr-5th as the first week I contributed, so I am now on week 4 – hope this is OK. .
No need to leave a comment every time. As long as your blog is listed here and you put “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of the post, I should see it.
You have inspired me to start a blog and write about my ancestors. What a great idea.
Welcome, Gail! I hope your new blog brings you lots of enjoyment and new cousins
I’m hopping on the 52 Ancestors bandwagon! I just posted my first entry, and labeled it #3, to be in synch with others who started the first week of the year. (I’ll squeeze # 1 &2 in as time allows). I’m thinking now maybe it should have been #4? I hope you’ll read it this week, regardless of my confusion as to where we are on the calendar!
And maybe it would help if I left an address??
The address is helpful 😉 And don’t worry about the numbering. Just be sure to include “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of your posts so I’ll see those posts in my blog reader. Thanks!
Great job, Amy! I don’t think I’ve seen such a huge response to a challenge since I’ve been blogging. I hope compiling the list each week doesn’t wear you out or take too much of your time!
I’ve accepted the challenge (a little late due to welcoming a new grandbaby into our family) but I hope to catch up and keep up.
My first post is at http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-case-of-second-sight.html.
Would you like us to send you our links each week?
Thanks for the great idea. Best wishes to you.
Welcome, Nancy! No need to send your links each week. As long as you’re on the blog list and you put “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of your posts, I should be able to find them in my blog reader.
52 Ancestors: #4 Teckla Carolyn Esterberg
I’m just jumping on the bandwagon. Not sure if you received my message yesterday so I’m posting it again. I’ve written 2 stories and will continue to work on catching up this week! Thanks for offering up this challenge as it has me excited!
Yes, I got it! Your post about Mary is in this week’s recap. Richard’s story will be in next week.
Great. I’m aiming to write 3 more stories this week to get caught up. Thank you!
I’m in for another round of 52 Weeks and 52 Ancestors! Here’s my newest link
What a good idea, thought I would join in, here it is. http://fancyweaver.wordpress.com/
Welcome, Joanna! I hope you enjoy the challenge!
The latest post, trying to catch up.
52 Ancestors: #5 Anton Hansen and His Daughter, Martha Antoinette Hansen
I’ve only just found this site so accepting the challenge, but have a few weeks catching up to do. My blog is http://peopleinmyfamily.com
Welcome, Andrea! Just be sure to include “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of your posts so I can spot them for the weekly recaps. I look forward to reading your posts!
For this week, #52 Ancestors: #6 Importance of Citing Important Events and Serendipity
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Deborah – what is the URL of your blog? I”m not sure I have it. Thanks!
Here you go!
OK. I am in. I’m a little late in starting, but that’s okay. My blog is http://RoyalGenealogist.blogspot.com
52 Ancestors: #7 David Emanuel Nylen
52 Ancestors: #8 Everything is Relative
I’m really late. I just read about this. What a great idea.
My blog is http://www.vintagevickie.com
52 Ancestors: #9 The Importance of Keeping Family Treasures
52 Ancestors: #10 Three Different Ways of Getting Around – The Welte Way
This is absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for compiling such a creative method to get our family histories done. You are wonderful! Thank you, again.
I’m glad you like it, James! I know I’ve enjoyed the Challenge and it seems like others are, too!
52 Ancestors: #11 Rocks, Weeds, Grass, and Stones
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52 Ancestors: #12 Beryl Imogene Swanson and Some Not-So Wonderful South Dakota Memories
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52 Ancestors: #14 Bob Gosa and His Band of Brothers
Hi Amy – I’m very late to the party having just heard about your challenge this week. But I am doing my best to catch up! Could you please add my blog to the challenge? It’s http://www.tellmemorestories.wordpress.com Thanks!
Welcome! I’ve added your blog to the list of those participating and to my list on Feedly. I look forward to seeing your posts!
52 Ancestors: #15 Welte Assessment for Taxes – 1864
52 Ancestors: #16 Beryl Swanson – A Flower Story About a Flour Sack Dress
52 Ancestors: #17 Our Life’s Passion Made Known To Us All
52 Ancestors: #18 He Could Dance! A Heartfelt Choice Made By My Mom – Beryl Swanson Welte
Hi Amy. You don’t even know it, but I’m having a love/hate relationship with you:) It’s about these 52 Ancestor articles. You see, I just love you for doing this – and I’m really serious. It was and is a great idea – and I love reading everyone’s articles. I’ve found one ancestral family and a few others I’m rather distantly related to in other people’s articles. I also think it’s hugely important to write, to get the word out there, to publish, because when we die – it’s all going to die with us if we don’t – or unless we’re exceptionally lucky. Now the other part – every time I stay up half the night writing these articles, because they ARE deadlined, and because I can’t do anything simply, they ARE long, and complex, and because my blog is a DNA blog, they HAVE to somehow include DNA – I hate the fact that you had this great idea – and that I so gleefully signed up for it. Hence, the love/hate relationship – and we have it once every week!!! Seriously, thank you for providing the motivation and forum for this important project. Problem is, I have more than 52:)
They have a dead line for your own good. Don’t stress yourself out. If you have more that 52 then keep going once the project is over. Start another 52 for next year. Enjoy it and have fun. There is so much to researching our ancestors and it is never ending. Do it, love it and leave the legacy for the next generation! – I am severely behind on mine but I work on it when I can. -Jennifer
My goal is to print these 52 stories, and the ones to follow, in book format for my kids as a Christmas gift. Like it or not, they’re getting a copy:) They motivate us to get our collective act together:)
That’s an awesome idea! I would do one more my mom and her sister and cousins. My kids could really care less. They are still young. When they are older they will get them.
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I love this idea and will be doing this on my new blog for 2015, which I just started a few weeks ago, of course giving credit to you. Thanks
Wonderful, Vickie! I hope you enjoy the Challenge in 2015 as much as I enjoyed it in 2014
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