In January 2014, I issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The premise: write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor. The next week, write about a different ancestor. In 52 weeks, you’ll have taken a closer look at 52 people in your family tree… and maybe learned a little bit more about them in the process. (Oh, yeah, and hopefully develop a regular writing habit in the process!)
How can you participate? Easy:
1. Blog about a specific ancestor.
2. The weekly recap is published on Thursday. After it’s published for that week, leave a link to your blog post in the comments. Include the ancestor’s name and a bit about them for context.
3. If you also post on Twitter or Google Plus, include the #52ancestors hashtag.
“But I didn’t start with Week 1.” “I’ve missed a week.” “I don’t know 52 direct ancestors.”
The point of 52 Ancestors is to write, not to enforce a bunch of guidelines. Feel free to start whatever week you want. Skip a week if you need to. (Catch up later… or not. It’s up to you!) Include collateral relatives if you want; I’m not going to check if it’s an actual ancestor or a collateral. It’s up to you.
“But I don’t know who to start with/write about next.” This is probably the most common question. My answer — if you’re truly stuck, print out an ancestor chart, close your eyes, and put your finger on someone random.
My 52 Ancestors post is now on my blog
I have it ready for next week’s recap. Thanks!
We don’t need to announce our post each week, do we?
No. As long as your blog is listed here and you include “52 Ancestors” in the title of your post, I should see it in Feedly (my blog reader).
I’m accepting the challenge!! Thanks!
Welcome, Karen! I look forward to your posts!
I’m going to be trying this challenge! http://jnrd.blogspot.com/
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I just learned about this challenge today . . . . . and I already had posted my first week’s ancestor—kind of had my own challenge going, but am excited to join yours! I edited my title to reflect the 52 weeks.
Thanks for posting the challenge! This will be such a help in getting me to write the bios I have intending to write for far too long!
I began my 52 ancestors today! http://progenealogy12.blogspot.com/ Thank you!
Great! You’re on the list.
Amy, I want you to know that you have inspired me to start blogging. Looking forward to the challenge.
Here is my first post.
That is so awesome! I hope that you enjoy your blog and that it nets you lots of new-found cousins
Week 2 of 52 is up on http://www.tumblr.com/blog/belovedray, entitled “Frederick Mortimer Lounsbury”.
Little late to the game, but I’m in it!!
Thanks for prompting me to start a blog and write stories about my people!
I am late this first week but I have posted my first ancestor story.
Thanks for starting this! The ‘push’ was something I needed. I had actually set up a rough blog a week or so ago, and was figuring out how to start. This works!
And it is *so reassuring* that many do not have lots of photos, or perfect layouts…. And some of those are the best stories. Don’t think I would have had the courage to jump in without being able to read things in the recap. Thanks for that.
And, no, I haven’t included the blogsite…. It will still probably be blank by Tuesday night But I will.
And I may start out by “breaking the official rules”, with a couple of collaterals. My two favorite aunts never had children, but their husbands had siblings. I would like to add life to the stories of these two women that no descendant will search for. And one of their husbands’ collaterals will someday wonder who these people were. I would like to tell them.
That’s a great sentiment, Linda. Kudos for telling their stories.
Linda, I am also planning to “break the rules” a bit by doing stories of a few of the young ones who died young, and never had a chance to live a full life. These are my family, too.
Looking forward to a great year.
Would definitely like to do this.
Debbie — if you have a blog, leave a comment with a link to it. I’ll be happy to add your 52 Ancestor posts to the weekly recap.
So excited about this! I love genealogy and I love to write so this will be like Heaven to me. http://www.lemon-knapp.org/wp
Here is my post
I’ve been thinking of starting a blog for a while, and having come across your 52 ancestors challenge, you’ve given me the motivation I needed, and I have now created my own blog. I’ve set up the page and written my intro blog, and now I just have to choose which ancestor to start with, and write a blog about them.
Thank you for the idea! I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while and this will be just what I needed!
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Oh, this is a great idea! I started a blog long ago, but hardly ever post to it due to lack of discipline. This will hopefully get me writing more regularly. http://kerrybranchingout.wordpress.com/
I have now added my first ancestor on my new blog
hope people find it interesting xx
I am brand new to the blogging world and still trying to figure things out. This challenge excites me and gives me direction. I am really looking forward to the experience
Welcome, Cara! Looking forward to reading your posts!
What a great idea! This will be my first blog, but I’m up to the challenge. First post on Who ARE You People? is about this challenge. Hope to have ancestor #1 story posted soon – tomorrow, maybe?? http://whoareyoupeople.wordpress.com/
Welcome to the 52 Ancestors challenge and to the wonderful world of blogging! BTW, I love the name of your blog!
My first ever blog post is on my grandmother Tennie Belle Holcomb at http://myancestorsleaves.blogspot.com/.
Thanks for the wonderful idea!! Very excited to do the challenge!!
What a great idea!!! I have been trying to write about some of my ancestors the past few months of last year so now this gives me more impetus to continue doing so and expand the project even further. I have never started a blog but will be adding information to my Family Tree Maker file and my Ancestry.com tree.
That’s a great solution, Angela!
I combined weeks one and two in order to catch up. They are all set for next week’s recap:
52 Ancestors: #1 Eva Jane (Mapes) Clark
52 Ancestors: #2 Eva Jane Mapes & Sanford Clark
Sorry, wrong address:
Judi a great story. You did very well for your first blog!
Thanks, Angela. I enjoyed it.
I’ve added a tag for the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks posts and wrote the first one today. While writing the story of Edward White, I was forced to do more intensive research and learned a few things I hadn’t known before, so this challenge is a blessing. Thank you for this!
You’re welcome! I know what you mean about looking deeper. I got some insight on an ancestor while I was working on my post for Week 2.
Your challenge is the motivation I need to finish research on a couple of people and get started on others.
Well, I guess I met deadline after all. Sort of spooky, actually…. Must mean that this is not **work**, which I surely would have postponed today. Just might be something that I really want to do! And hitting “publish” the very first time is undoubtedly the hardest. Maybe I’ll get started on next week….
Congratulations on posting your first article! You’re right — hitting “publish” the first time is the hardest.
I love yor blog title, and wish it were mine! Lol It speaks to me because genealogy, my addiction too, is all about stories I can hardly wait to join this challenge and read all the stories! Please count me in. Helen
Week 2 is posted! I’m working on week 1, but it’s not finished yet. Hopefully I will get it published and Week 3 published before next week!
Love this challenge. I have been wanting to write profiles on my ancestors for awhile and this is just the kick in the pants that I need to get started. I’m late with week 1 but will have week 1 and 2 ready for this week, which will be posted on my blog at http://twiginmytree.blogspot.com.
Here’s my first contribution: http://beginwithcraft.blogspot.com/2014/01/daddy-52-ancestors.html
Thanks for this great idea! I left a comment for Ancestor #1 – James Augusta Trevathan and have now completed #2 – Harvey David Trevathan. My family is loving this also – more interesting than just a family tree with names, dates and places.
52 Ancestors- #1. Martha Anderson
I just love this idea it will make me really get consistent with my blog posts. I have been blogging for a couple of years but not on any schedule.
“52 Ancestors: #2, Connecting the Pieces: Walter and Emma Smith Lyman”…
I’ve set up a blog on word press to write my 52 week challenge. I plan on making a book with them at the end of the year.
I started a week late but better late than never. I started my last year and was determined to post as often as possible. Life and research got in the way though. Thanks for the idea. Hopefully I can keep it up. http://mackin-genealogy.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-mary-burton-shicks-frank.html
Amy, thank you for setting this up! I’m hoping it will help me be a more consistent blogger in 2014. Not to mention help me get previous research records more organized. I won’t have my first ancestor post done in time for this week’s Wednesday recap but next week for sure.
Here is my week #1 post. Great idea!! http://passagetothepast.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/stranger-exchanger/
And week #2! http://passagetothepast.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/week-2-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-challenge/
Forgot to leave a link to my blog–hope you will include me in this challenge– just starting:
Hi, I’m just starting, too. Here’s the link to my blog: http://www.maguidhirish.com/blog/
Here’s my first 2 blogs.
Thanks Amy, Judean
What a wonderful first week’s post Amy. I read it through, and I can feel your joy and excitement when you received the letter from the “Stranger”. How wonderful it is when we can share this sort of information.
Thank you for sharing.
Not so sure if I posted correctly, so I’m also posting my link here. This is for my first post for your 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Here it is,
just did my first week. Thanks for the idea. It’s great!
Yes, got the message too, to have 52 Ancestors in the title! Will do!
Thank you for starting a challenge that will get me to start writing. My decedents all thank you.
I started with week 3 since it is 3:13am EST Wednesday. Please start including me. If by chance you can put this in the week 2 recap, let me know and I’ll change the title to say week 2 instead of week 3.
Thanks for joining! Yours is the first post I’ve listed for the Week 3 recap
Jumping on the bandwagon a couple weeks late. Here is a link to my page which will list posts. Thanks!
52 Ancestors Weeks
John Anthony Vanderpool
I had started my own version of this challenge – but now I am joining along with you. Thanks for this great idea!
Heard about this challenge on FB and didn’t actually realize it was 52 ANCESTORS so my first 2 posts this year are not about a single ancestor, but I’ll follow the “rules” for the rest! 😉
Week 1: http://www.sametoya.blogspot.com/2014/01/yeah-yeah-here-she-goes-again.html
Week 2: http://www.sametoya.blogspot.com/2014/01/amazing-things-are-available-online-and.html
Yes, ask questions – lots of questions. How I wish I had asked my grandparents questions. Mother was the family historian and I just heard her talking to family and saw her writing letters by the dozen it seemed but now I have so many questions I would love to ask my grandparents – if only their possessions could talk! My great grandmother on my Mother’s side was alive for many years while I was growing up and oh how I wish I had asked her questions too. Take photos of family now and family gatherings and scan or collect as many photos as you can and write on the backs of the photos who is who and where and when taken. About 5 years before my Mother passed away we went through all her old photos and wrote on the backs of them all that she knew – some are still without information but at least we got some identified.
I have not started a blog – I’m not sure how to start one but I am writing in my family treemaker files information about a family member each week.
I love your posts, thank you for sharing them. Your use of the maps in the narrative is especially very effective.
I happily accept the challenge and thank you for issuing it (I needed a nudge to get back to writing about my family, and this seems tailor-made)!
I just discovered this challenge today and have begun a new blog to help me along my path to better understanding all this random info I’ve discovered about my ancestors. I’m excited to see where this 52 week journey takes me!
New Entry… #2 for Week 37 My mystery post is at http://drgranma.blogspot.com/
Hi Amy, I have finally begun to post for your 52 Ancestors challenge. My week 3 is your week 1, but I am going to leave the numbers off so that I don’t get confused! Thank you for providing us with the motivation to get our stories written! Jennifer
Or make that my week one is your week three.
Definitely going to try. Week one and two up already.
I just stumbled across this challenge. What a great idea! I have 3 bios on my blog from last fall, do they count? Anyhow, please add me to your list.
I have your blog listed in Feedly; just include “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the post’s title and I should be able to find it for the weekly recap. I don’t feel comfortable adding the posts from last fall to the recaps, as part of the goal with this challenge is to write more.
I am a bit late but I think I have everything caught up now and good to go. My first three weeks are up they are:
Week 1: http://thelatenightgenealogist.blogspot.com/2014/01/ancestor-1-james-s-ross.html
Week 2: http://thelatenightgenealogist.blogspot.com/2014/01/ancestor-2-odessa-stewart.html
Week 3: http://thelatenightgenealogist.blogspot.com/2014/01/ancestor-3-mary-reynolds.html
Thank you for all your work on this project I have really enjoyed it so far and am looking forward to the rest of the challenge.
Glad you’re enjoying it! I have you listed on the blog list. If you could include “52 Ancestors” in the titles of your future posts, that will help me see them so I can include them in the weekly recap. Thanks1
Thank you for sharing your mysteries with us – hopefully we will all learn more as we solve some of them… I have mysteries and brickwalls to overcome as do many of us.
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Your 52 Ancestors Blog has inspired me to write, even though writing creates a lot of anxiety! I have created a new blog Called “Book of Ancestry: 52 Ancestors” with just one post, “52 Ancestors: #1 Joseph K Snyder” and working on my second post. My Blog and Post both have “52 Ancestors” in the Titles, but was not included in either your week2 or week3 updates. Could you please include my Blog Posts into your weekly updates. Thanks!
This is my blog address: http://iamabeachcomber.blogspot.com
Hi Pat! I’ve added your blog to the list here on the site and to my list on Feedly. I’ll have your posts in next week’s recap.
52 Ancestors: #1A – Charles J Tyson Meets Maria Griest – letter to his sister
Wonderful, Charity! I’ve added your blog to my Feedly list and to the list of blogs that are participating.
You’re on! This is right up my alley. The desire to learn my ancestors’ stories led me to Ancestry.com a few years back. My tree today doesn’t span seven centuries, like my husband’s, but I hope to find as much detail as possible about the lives of those who came before my parents and grandparents. How did they live? What drove them?
Thank you, Amy, for issuing this challenge, and best wishes to all who’ve taken it up. Whether or not we tell stories of fifty-two individuals over the course of the year, we all come out winners.
“Whether or not we tell stories of fifty-two individuals over the course of the year, we all come out winners.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Cathy!
Link to the blog Who were they? 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
Well done! I loved the photos and the background to your story is interesting too. Thank you for sharing it.
What interesting letters – your writing and the letters have opened up a vision into their lives. Thank you.
Thank you so much for the kind remarks about the story of my cousin’s tragic death. I find this 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge an inspiration to keep writing family stories. Thanks.
I keep telling myself more so seeing this challenge has prompted me to set aside time to do just that, my 52 Ancestors will be appearing at http://ajourneyintofamilyhistory.blogspot.co.uk/
taking on your challenge . . . http://mjkfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/
Welcome! Just to clarify — you don’t need to name your blog “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.” You just need to use “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of the posts that you want included in the weekly recap. I’d recommend choosing a name for your blog that reflects who you are and what your blogging is about.
52 Ancestors #1 Yvonne Bennett
Thanks, Yvonne! Just a reminder – put “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the posts’ titles so I can spot them for the weekly recap.
Sorry to bother, but each post is headlined “52 Ancestors: [person’s name]” – hope this works for you, Amy et al. Just in case, these links should go to the entries. Should….
That works! Thanks!
Got it…thanks Amy!
I’m in, though I’ll have to struggle a bit as my format only infrequently centers around individuals. Posted my first yesterday.
Ooh…I’m a bit late but I’ll give it a go!
I am already trying to do one genealogy post a week; I prefix these as “Genealogy:”, so I hope my not using “52 Ancestors” won’t break things. (Also, the post I put up tonight was more personal than most, so I didn’t put “Genealogy” in the title.)
But anyway, my blog is at http://530nm330hz.livejournal.com/ if you’re interested.
Welcome, Andrew! Maybe you could put “(52 Ancestors)” at the end of the post titles? It really is the only way I’ll know which posts are supposed to be part of the challenge (and included in the weekly recap). Thanks!
Thanks for the challenge. I’m a little late in getting started and look forward to trying to post each week.
Welcome! I look forward to reading your posts!
I have some catching up to do, but count me in.
Glad to have you join us!
What a great idea! I haven’t been posting to my blog regularly, but this is an incentive to get me to write more. If I want to catch up eventually, can I have two posts in a week at times, both listed? I have posted my first of the 52 ancestors, and started with my biggest brick wall.
Welcome! Feel free to post as many each week as you want if you want to get caught up. No requirement to do so, though! The main thing is the writing, not stressing out about having a certain number of posts.
I am interested in participating! I’ve only been doing genealogy for about a year so I don’t know nearly enough about 52 people to blog about them, so I might try instead for 12 or 21 ancestors instead. My first post is up here: http://www.appletreegenealogy.com/2014/01/28/52-ancestors-1-carl-johann-schultz/ (squeaking in before the 8pm deadline)
Hi. I want to participate in the 52 Challenge. I have a couple of blogs up now. The blog is called Skeletons In The Closet and can be reached by going to http://www.thewordspinner.wordpress.com. I have a number of “unusual” family stories, so hope you enjoy them!
Welcome, Lisa Anne! I have “Skeletons in the Closet” listed on the “participating blogs” list and in Feedly (the blog reader I use). Just be sure to include “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of your posts so I can see which ones should be included. BTW, Loved the story about your great-grandfather!
Great blog name! “Unusual” family stories are very interesting. I have a whole flock full of black sheep in my family tree, and will be writing about some of these ancestors throughout the 52 Ancestors Challenge.
I love your blog and you are doing a great job with your genealogy. Putting your “T Do”list at the bottom is a great idea too; it helps to keep those “T Do” things in mind – I know I forget mine and need to make a list and print it out I think. If I may suggest one thing, when you do your oral history interview with your grandfather – record it. Ideally a video would be great but that could make your grandfather uncomfortable, so even voice record it. I did this with my parents and now not only do I have their oral stories but I have their voices recorded forever. My Mother passed away in 2009 and my Dad in 2011. I only wish that I had been so involved in my family history when my grandparents and even my great grandmother were still alive when I was in my teen years.
Unfortunately my all my grandparents have been dead for many years. I only got to know 3 of them. My granddaddy Taylor died when my daddy was a teenager & before he married. I’ve heard so many stories from both sides of the family that I’m afraid of losing those that I do remember. That’s why I loved your blog idea so much. I’m able to get down the stories that I remember and then as they are proved/disproved I can add that information to the blog.
By the way wordpress is having some problems with their site. I published 2 more blogs & they were there 15 mins. ago & now are gone. Also it duplicated my blog site. So I have 2 sites known as Skeletons In The Closet. Also a few people have had trouble getting the site to open. Hopefully they’ll have everything corrected soon.
Almost caught up just published week three.
I’m having so much fun following this it motivated me to start blogging myself. It may take me a while to catch up, but at least I’m started!
That is awesome, Nan! Don’t stress out about getting “caught up” — the important thing is to write something. As I’ve told others who have “started late,” anything you write is more than what you had before! I just read your first post; I think you’re off to a great start!
I’m easily confused — especially when it comes to numbers. After all I wear a t-shirt that says “How to do Math” — 1. Write down the problem. 2. Cry.
Anyway. What is the upcoming number of the challenge (that ends Tuesday, Feb. 4)? 5 or 6?????
It will be #5. Honestly, don’t sweat the numbers. Just write
Thanks Amy, you might not care about the numbers, but I have a personality disorder (grin) and need to get my ducks in a row — otherwise I can remember what I created and posted when.
I have taken up the challenge! I actually started a couple of weeks ago but did not notify you.
This challenge sure has made me look at things differently, I find myself asking lots of questions, such as why did they move to a different city, how did they meet, did they re-marry because they had a family to look after.
Here is the link to my first blog ever!
Welcome to the 52 Ancestors Challenge and to blogging! I hope you enjoy both!
I got a late start, but I have two posts so far. I hope I can do this! Everyone is always asking, what will you do with all of your research if no one cares after you are gone? I hope that by converting my research to stories, someone will care. Thanks for coming up with a great idea!
I’m a little late but am taking the challenge!
Welcome, Kathryn! I hope you enjoy the challenge!
I know this is very late, but I would like to participate in the challenge!
Welcome! It’s never too late to start!
Just in case you don’t get my original post. My blog address is http://RoyalGenealogist.blogspot.com. I am taking the challenge on.
I got it. Welcome!
I’m a little late to the game but count me in! My blog address is: http://genearchaelogist.blogspot.com. Can’t wait to get all caught up.
Welcome! I hope you enjoy the Challenge!
Although I have only just found out about the challenge I would love to be included. My blog is at http://edenborough.blogspot.com.au/ and I am madly entering up stories so that I can catch up. I love the idea of this as I have been a poor blogger in the past but with this challenge I can actually achieve my blogging goal.
Welcome, Jennie! I’ve added your blog to the list of participating blogs and to my list on Feedly. I’ll start including your posts with next week’s recap. I hope you enjoy the Challenge!
I have finally decided to take the challenge! I will working to catch up over the next few weeks. My blog is http://tracingamy.wordpress.com/
Welcome! Always great to have another Amy in the mix
HI Amy! Just finally getting started with my 52 Ancestors Challenge. Thanks for the great idea, I took the leap! My blog is http://www.jackson-ketchum.com/blog/
Welcome, Iva! I look forward to seeing your posts!
I started to write out the information about one of my ancestors (well the couple really) and have become so involved in their story that I can’t let it go. I’m learning about the life they left behind in Scotland and their voyage to New Zealand and what they encountered there. I have such admiration for their courage to set out to a brave new land half way across the world in a small ship and not really knowing what they would find or what the journey would be like – and all this with a 4 month old daughter!
Isn’t it amazing how certain ancestors will reach out and almost demand that you find their story?! I can’t imagine making the trek from Scotland to New Zealand with a 4-month-old!
The voyage took 4 months too! I have been reading some accounts of voyages around the same time as my ancestors went and some of the conditions sound horrifying. Stench from latrines, bad drinking water after being kept in barrels for months, personal hygiene and of course illnesses which went through the ship’s passengers and crew. No wonder so many children died – I am happy though that my ancestor survived and arrived aged 8 months. This was all in 1842 and the ship they traveled on was the Duchess of Argyle one of the two first immigration ships to New Zealand.
Starting 52 ancestors – a little late but I think I can catch up! http://www.the-Creola-genealogist.com
Welcome! I hope you enjoy the Challenge!
Only just heard about this last week. It’s a brilliant idea. It will certainly make me post more blogs.
Hope to catch up by the summer!
My blog is http://swadlingone-namestudy.blogspot.com
Welcome, Pat! I’ve added your blog to the list and also to Feedly. Thanks for putting “52 Ancestors” in the title of your blog post — that really helps me see which posts are supposed to be part of the challenge.
It’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon, is it? How did it even get to be March already?
What a great idea this is!
My blog is at: http://www.ancestralsteps.com
Not too late at all, Michelle! Welcome aboard!
I’m posting my link here I’d like to join the 52 Ancestor Challenge
Love this idea! Have a few pages on my blog. One is “Creating the past for future generations” Would it be OK to add the heading to this existing page. It has two scrapbook pages included on it.
Hi Marianne! Sorry I didn’t respond sooner — it’s been pretty crazy around here the past few days. The goal of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is to write more, not necessarily to go back and rename things that would fit the theme. Let me know if you want to participate with future posts and I’ll add your blog to the list. Thanks!
I need to update my blog address. Instead of johnheatherjonesgen.wordpress.com please change to chasingthepast.net. Thanks!
Thanks for letting me know, Heather. I’ve updated the participating blog list and my list on Feedly.
I’d like to participate in the 52 Ancestor challenge. My blog is http://www.trovandofamiglia.wordpress.com and I posted my first ancestor’s story there yesterday (4/21/14).
Welcome, Kalen! Sorry for the delay in this response. I don’t know why I didn’t see your message sooner. I just read your first 52 Ancestors post and look forward to seeing more!
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Thanks for the inspiration!
Hi Amy, I’d like to participate in the 52 Ancestor challenge and posted my first story about one of my emigrated ancestors in week ’23 on 6/4/14: http://vorfahrensucher.de/wbcwittmuess/
Please put me on your when you are back. Thank’s a lot for this challenge!
Welcome, Karen! Thanks for joining the Challenge! I’ve added your blog to the list and to my blog reader. I have to admit I liked the reference to Ohio in your August Siebel post
I finally have the time to re-commit to my family history and I’ve joined the challenge. Better late than never! Would love it if you could add me to your list of blogs and hope you enjoy mine as much as I enjoy yours!
Welcome! I have you added to my Feedly list (where I keep track of the participating blogs) and will add you to the list here momentarily. I hope you enjoy the Challenge!
I would like to join ’52 Ancestors Post’ also. My blog is Barb’s Family Stories at http://www.barbsfam.blogspot.com
Welcome! Be sure to include “52 Ancestors” in the title of your posts that you do for the challenge so I can include them in the weekly recap. I look forward to reading about your ancestors!
My sister & I have started separate blogs for our maternal and paternal sides, and we are both joining the challenge half way through.
My blog: http://treequest2.blogspot.com/
Sister’s blog: http://treequest.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the inspiration!
Just joining now…
I have two genealogy blogs, just because I like to keep things complicated..
will be posting from both.
Creative, I know…
count me in, please. I love the idea of telling a different ancestor’s story each week. Maybe I can add a bit on the German side…
Thanks a lot!
I am starting a lot later than a lot of you, but I just came across your project. I think it’s great! First, however, I need to learn how to blog. Here’s a link to my blog. I hope to get something in there pretty quickly! -Leslie
I just heard about this idea and I love it. I’m going to give week 1 a shot this weekend and I will share my blog link if I can get my act together
Here it is…. almost September. Is January the start of a new 52 weeks or can I start week 1 right now.
Hi. Please include my blog in the challenge! Thanks. http://michelecolson.com/genealogy
I did my 1st one of 52 weeks and submitted it, but it must have gotten lost from 52 weeks ancestors. It was Two Great Great Grandfathers, Elijah Wood and Abner Wood brothers or Cousins. I don’t know how to get it straightened out.
Hi I know it’s really late but can I still join in on the challenge? Thanks http://findingyourpast.blogspot.com/
Sure! I’ve changed how the recaps work. I do a post like this on Wesnesdays. Just leave a link to your post from that week in the comments. Happy blogging!
I came across your challenge a few months ago, but since I didn’t start in January, I was just calling my posts “Ancestor of the week”. I’ve now changed the posts to “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”, as I’d like to be included in the challenge.
Hi Lois! Welcome! We’re doing the recaps just a little different than we did at the beginning of the challenge. Instead of me listing all of the posts (which took several hours each week), participants can leave a link to their latest posts in the weekly recap post, which is usually posted on Wednesdays.
I hope you enjoy the Challenge!
Is the Challenge going to happen again in 2015?
Yes, we’re doing it again! We’re going to have optional weekly themes to help you choose which ancestors to write about. Check out this page for more details. I hope you join us!
A co-worker told me about the 52 Ancestors Challenge a few days ago. I’d love to join for 2015! wiseheartjourney.com
Welcome! I hope you enjoy the challenge. On Thursdays, I’ll publish a weekly recap where you can add the link to the post you did that week. Also, you might want to take a look at the optional weekly themes for January — it might help you decide which ancestor you want to focus on. I look forward to seeing your posts!
I feel like an idiot. I have totally forgotten how to do all this stuff I did last year. Add me for this year’s challenge? http://www.lemon-knapp.org/wp. Or is this a bit different? I add my own post? To your recap? It must be that the cold weather here in Michigan has frozen my brain.
Hello here is my first post for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks for 2015
My blog is Finding Your Past at http://findingyourpast.blogspot.com
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I’m looking forward to participating in the challenge this year.
New blog, this seems like a good way to get going. My first challenge post is up.
I’ve taken up your challenge – great idea! Is this how to get on your list? Is there a new list for 2015?
Hi, Claudia! You don’t really need to do anything to get on the list. To participate, just write about a specific ancestor and include “52 Ancestors” in the title of the post. Here’s information about the 2015 challenge, plus some optional weekly themes for January and a link to the themes for February. Happy writing!
What a great idea! I’ll do my genealogy blogging at https://bankofmom.wordpress.com/genealogy/
I’m late arriving, but count me in! https://loricrane.wordpress.com/
I’m in! 52 Ancestors Lydia Low BAIRD and Ralph Waldo MUNCY
Is it too late to add our blog?
No! Just let me know what it is and I’ll add it. Thanks!
It’s Exposing My Family Roots https://dawnsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com
Hi Amy, I’m still learning this and didn’t realize I didn’t send my answer. Sorry. Here is a link to my blog https://dawnsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/
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not sure how to get on the list – but here is my week 16 http://livingthelemonslife.blogspot.com/2015/04/live-long-nonagenarians-story.html
I just started a new blog and here’s one of my first entries. It’s part of the 52 weeks challenge and talks about John Laramore. I hope that you enjoy it!
Just about to start this (yes I know its late ;P ) I was looking for prompts to help me with my family history writing and found your site. I will be starting with week 40 and hopefully use a few of the weeks I have missed as midweek posts. Thank you for providing this lovely list,
Just restarting my website and came across this to-do. Great idea,thank you.I will do!
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I plan to participate in 52 ancestors this year. I enjoyed reading other bloggers posts last year. My blog name is Tracking Down The Family. Here’s the link: https://jonesfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/