Welcome to a new year of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks! For those of you who are new to the Challenge this year, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did last year! To the veterans of the Challenge, I hope you continue to find it rewarding.
This year, we’re shaking it up a bit with optional weekly themes. This week’s theme was “Fresh Start.” I enjoyed seeing everyone’s take on it. Some focused on ancestors who made a fresh start. Ms. Genealogy wrote about her ancestor Hugh Brawley, who left Scotland to make a fresh start in Pennsylvania. Cheri Hudson Passey’s great-great-grandfather may or may not have had a fresh start somewhere. Julia Dumas’s 3rd-great-great-grandfather Pierre Jacques Caire is her most recent immigrant to the U.S.
Other bloggers opted to look at ancestors who they wanted a fresh start with their researching. That’s what Eileen Souza decided to do with her 3rd-great-grandfather Peter Strausser.
I used a little bit of both. Stephen Amos Hibbs made a fresh start in Iowa after being a Confederate sympathizer in West Virginia. He’s also the brother of my 3rd-great-grandmother, rather than an actual ancestor of mine. It’s part of my fresh start this year on the collaterals in my family tree.
Who did you write about for Week 1? Leave a comment below with a link. We’d love to read it!
Upcoming Optional Themes:
- Week 2 (Jan 8-14) – King
- Week 3 (Jan 15-21) – Tough woman
- Week 4 (Jan 22 – 28) – Closest to your birthday
- Week 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 4) – Plowing through
Hawkins, Mercy L. – Sometimes, a fresh start doesn’t always mean a good ending.
Really enjoyed your first week Kessara! It’s always nice to know others have these interesting ancestors but with such limited information, it makes it difficult to know much about them!
Here’s my Week # 1 Link. Sure hope I get past Week 18 this Year! http://whoweareandhowwegotthisway.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1-aaron.html
My 3rd Great-Grandfather, Aaron Lazarus Samuel made a fresh start, leaving England for America in 1857.
Thats a beautiful first post for the year Hollie. I think we all share those sentiments and what a lovely photo xx
p.s. ive subscribed to your blog. x
The Adams Family – A Fresh Start to my research – http://bit.ly/1D16fbO
Your blog is colorful and 1970s. Nice job. Having lived through the decade of 1970s orange, I honestly didn’t think I could ever do orange again. But I’ve found that I can. Ha.
CASEBOLT – Andrew Casebolt “poster child for fresh starts”
Really enjoyed your post!
ERICKSON – Marthe Elisabeth Erickson
After the death of their father (their only remaining parent), my great-great-grandmother Marthe and her siblings all ended up in different homes. She and many of her siblings made a fresh start when they left Norway and moved to Chicago, Illinois.
I wrote about needing a fresh start on researching my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Miller Pater.
FLETCHER, Benjamin Franklin
At over sixty in the 1870 my paternal 3x great grandparents move from. Massachusetts to California to live near their grandchildren. Sound familiar?
I am finishing off last years challenge since I got a late start but will be taking the suggested topic for each week. Thanks Amy for the inspiration for a year of blogging.
My fresh start is a branch of my tree I have not yet researched much (Viney) and also a trade (AgricLab) and area (Yorkshire) that I’ve not yet come across in my family. Quite unusual living in rural Shropshire (UK) to have not found a AgricLab yet and never knew I had Yorkshire roots – so quite exciting!
My fresh start is joining the Challenge. I enjoyed reading others posts last year and was inspired to do it myself this year.
My first post is about Aunt Marion Brennan Enich who passed away this past October at the age of 97 years old. We shared a passion for genealogy.
Love this post Caron – it’s lovely to try and carry on your ancestors searches and with technology these days, lets hope we can. I have been tasked with the same search in relation to my Grandads brother…
Earlier post in 2014:
52 Ancestors: #1 The MEDER-KREMER Family (1926-1996)
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey on Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Cathy, I like (your post, of course), but I also like the annotations in your screenshots. One of the good things about a challenge like this, and reading other blogs on a like subject, is picking up new ideas. Fascinating reading!
Thank you. In this post I didn’t have any annotations so you probably mean in the one for Week #2. I didn’t want to do a complete transcription and translation. I thought it might be more interesting for people to be able to look at the records and have the more important info pointed out.
Genealogy on my Mind : #1 – Jeanne Garnier (1683- ?)
Généalogie en tête – French Version
#1 – Jeanne Garnier (1683-?)
I decided to take up the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge this year. I think the weekly optional themes will help me choose an ancestor to write about each week. #1 is:
WHITMAN, Thomas Cutler
A third great-grandfather, born of Loyalist parents in Nova Scotia, who, in his 50s, immigrated to New York, where he died and is buried.
Very excited to be a part of this years 52 Ancestors Weeks Challenge. I have been researching and writing about my Georgia Ancestors for almost two years and blogging about them on Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors. Following the theme’s provided has given me the opportunity to expand on the Georgians in my Family Tree.
Week #1….A Post of Firsts and Fresh Starts
Moritz Arke: Fresh Start, Fresh Research – http://bit.ly/1tNTb1b
52 Ancestors #1 — Edwin Chappell (1839-1913), Bath, Somerset, England. My hubby’s 3rd great grandfather. (Not theme based)
I would be honored of you would read the following story of my mother, who made a lifetime of fresh starts, and touched everyone around her.
Margaret Ellen Wilson
Whence She Came – http://wp.me/p4fybm-9X
Without Her Mother – http://wp.me/p4fybm-am
Walking Away – http://wp.me/p4fybm-aX
Her Babies – http://wp.me/p4fybm-br
Redefining Herself – http://wp.me/p4fybm-bH
North Carolina and Onward – http://wp.me/p4fybm-cW
Going Home – http://wp.me/p4fybm-ej
ESTES – William George Estes (1873-1971), You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, 52 Ancestors #53 – He had a fresh start, sort of. His life makes soap operas look bland:)
I took the Fresh Start, Fresh Eyes approach to this mystery ancestor.
Forgot the link!
My fresh start was getting organized and getting reacquainted with some of my father-in-law’s World War II momentos.
DAGUTIS, Peter Charles (1918-1991)
Fresh Start — And They Called It Ireland
GAA – Having successfully finished the 2014 challenge, I don’t seem to be able to give it up. My husband is quite distraught over thins. I began the year with a guest blogger, since the story is very personal. It is a tale about how a DNA match and I learned that we were indeed cousins, although it wasn’t obvious at first.
“A Fresh Start for Betty – 52 Ancestors 2015 #1” http://wp.me/p4ioO6-90
I’m new–I missed last year. What a great idea, this 52 Ancestor challenge. It feels so appropriate to be starting off with my 2nd great grandmother, Akke Hoekstra, my earliest immigrant Dutch ancestor.
Charlotte LOOSE (1807-1879)
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I’m a bit late, but I started the 52 Ancestor Challenge
George DAVIDSON (1776 – 1815)
Fresh Start–#43 Newell–Abraham Newell A New Start in a New World
Benjamin Darby, Loyalist (Ancestor # 1, 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, 2015)
HAASE, Ludwig/Louis – Germany to Chicago
HAMILTON, John; SHEAKLEY, William; McCURDY, James; CREIGHTON, William.
Four branches of our tree can be traced back to Northern Ireland, and they all emigrated between 1725 and 1740. Once they were in America, they were very patriotic and joined the rebels in the fight against the British.
I can’t promise to follow the themes, because I have my own agenda, which is trying to trace my father’s lines back to their arrival in North America. Last year I did mostly my mother’s line, so I guess you could call my moving over to father’s line a “fresh start.” As for this week’s post–my great-grandfather got a fresh start of sorts by re-joining the Union Army in a different state.
Henry Allen BUTTS–Henry Allen Butts Goes to War Twice.
No worries about not following the themes! They’re there for you to use or not! BTW, I just left a comment regarding Henry Butts on your blog
I love the theme of your blog. My great aunts, etc. are always pictured in family group pics wearing their aprons.
I decided to go with an ancestor who made a “fresh start” when he came to the American Colonies during the Great Migration (circa 1640s): Abraham Bryant of Reading, MA. http://rememberal.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/abraham-bryant-of-reading-massachusetts/
Hi Amy, I know some are going to say, please no Feb. themes yet, but for those of us who will be on the road to SLC in February, will you be posting the Feb. topics soon (I hope?)
Yes, I will post the February themes next Friday (Jan 16). My plan is to post the themes for the next month around the 15th. (I would post February’s on Jan 15, but that’s the same day as the Week 2 recap and I don’t want to confuse things.)
First post – it’s my own Fresh Start I’m writing about.
I think part of the URL got cut off. Perhaps this is the link? — https://muralhousefarmandhatchery.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/52-ancestors-cornelius-hendrickse-van-ness-and-maijgen-hendricks-van-der-burchgraeff/
1st post done! I wrote about my ggg-grandfather leaving Ireland with his family for a new start in US.
Mine was about the “fresh start” of a poor man’s divorce.
My maternal grandmum — she died when I was just four, yet I remember her so vividly & fondly! http://themixthatmakesupme.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/sailing-to-america/
My 1st week is about my fresh start with my tree and why I’m doing my mother’s side all again
My first contribution to 52 ancestors is my great great grandmother Alice KELLY.
At the beginning of the year I set the task for myself of giving all the women in my tree surnames: be they their maiden names, or their husband’s last names. This is a story about one of those women: http://lemon-knapp.org/wp/?p=545
Love your post. And yes, I’m of a certain age–ha.
That is so nice of you to say! Thank you. Hopefully you got to read it before I made the stupid mistake of updating the theme of my blog and making a huge mess of things that I still haven’t gotten cleaned up.
Augustine Oreans, my 3rd-great-grandfather from Germany, who immigrated to the US, then Canada, then the US again. . .
Moving to multiple countries seems to be a pattern this week!
I am a newby to this group so this is a fresh start for me – my first blog entry and first of what I hope will be 52 stories for 2015. I chose my great great grandfather on my mother’s paternal line. He seemed to have a penchant for starting over, again and again, and ended up living in four different countries during his 81 years.
I bet he’s been fun to research!
My ancestor leaved behind the death of a wife and two children and came to America: http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/01/no-stranger-to-death-james-eastwood-52.html
Loved last year and willing to give it a fresh start this year. My first post for 2015 can be found at https://elusiveancestorhunter.wordpress.com/
STRAUSSER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #1 Peter Strausser (1818 – 1890) – A Fresh Start and a Genealogy Do-Over by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
Amy, thank you for the mention.
My first week, about my 2x great grandfather Cyrille DeValkeneer, who’s fresh start came in the form of immigrating to America.
HOUCHIN – 52 Ancestors #1 Fresh Start, Finding Leright Houchin’s
I started with my great-grandmother, Anna Devecka, who had to “start over” several times in her life. But let me honest – I really just wanted to tell her story.
Anna Devecka – A Stranger in Her Own Land: https://fromeuropetoamerica.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/52-ancestors-anna-devecka/
I would be honored of you would read the following story of my mother, who made a lifetime of fresh starts, and touched everyone around her.
Margaret Ellen Wilson
Whence She Came – http://wp.me/p4fybm-9X
I am new to this challenge. I saw the blog posts of others during last year and I look forward to taking part during 2015. My fresh start was to write about the immigration of my 3*great grandfather to Australia when he was only 20 http://ayfamilyhistory.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/52-ancestors-1839-arrival-in-australia.html
A little late to the party. No theme for me… Selecting ancestors as I work through my genealogy do-over.
Born on the 1st of January!
Margaret Alice KELLY a fresh start
I also wrote about a collateral relative. Relevant family names for any long lost cousins out there are McCleery and Richards. http://hoosierfamilylineage.blogspot.com/2015/01/1-melissa-mccleery-richards.html
Mine was a little bit of both. I wrote about my great great grandfather, who lost contact with the family for a period of time. I can’t seem to find anything on him for that period either. Frank Springer: The Wanderer.
I did my father, I meant to do him last year but got confused and found I’d run out of numbers! So he is first this year. His birthday is 6 Jan so it was appropriate anyway.
Hi Amy! I’m new to the Challenge – long time follower, first time contributor. Looking forward to a fun year!
SMOLIK – Great grandma (“Babcha”) made the trip to Canada alone. What a journey that would have been!
This is the life of Walter Noteboom, a Dutch man who immigrated to the United States in 1870, and became quite successful as a saloon and hotel owner in Manhattan. Born in Winschoten, Netherlands in 1844, Walter made his way to the United States, eventually marrying three times and fathering eight children.
BIESCHKE, Johann (1880-1951)
I join the GDO and do a fresh start on my great-grandfather’s and his ancestors’ story.
My week 1 post is “Kitty (Catherine) ASHTON (#1 of 52 ancestors)” – http://judy-webster.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/kitty-catherine-ashton-1-of-52-ancestors.html. Kitty married Peter MATTHEW and they lived in Yorkshire, England.
My first post for the 2015 52 Ancestors challenge is about my paternal grandfather, Peter Ernest Arnold — http://tidbitsandtreasures2011.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/52-ancestors-1-peter-ernest-arnold/
In addition to linking here, I will be posting a link to each week’s post on the Arnold family Facebook page so family members there can read about some of our family history. I’ve already been encouraged by a fairly hearty response to the first profile, and I’m hoping they will offer comments, suggestions, questions, and criticism as well–all in the interest of making these profiles more interesting, accurate, and complete.
I’m excited to participate in this challenge! I missed the memo on ‘fresh starts’, so I just started with my maternal grandfather, Joseph A. Williams, Jr. Writing about him did give me a fresh perspective, though, and introduced my almost-3 year old to his great-grandfather. http://alyssafindsherroots.tumblr.com/post/107486511621/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1-joseph-alexander
Welcome! Always good to introduce the little ones to their ancestors
The concept behind this challenge is great! With that said…better late than never, I hope! Here’s the link to my Week 1/”Fresh Start” write-up: http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/01/andrea-andrew-pampas-sr-52-ancestors-in.html. I wrote about my maternal great-grandfather, Andrew Pampas, Sr.
I’m new to ancestry blogging and wasn’t sure how to go about deciding what to post and when. I’m so glad I came across this challenge!
My post is about my great-grandfather, Uziah Jones, who was forced to move to a different state, change his name, and start fresh.
What an incredible story. Thank you for sharing that with everyone.
LAMIRAULT – #1 Marguerite Lamirault
This is my first time participating in a challenge and I am excited. I am a day late on getting this posted.
Week #1 My Great Grandmother: Sarah Jane Page http://tinyurl.com/kjmr6dr
Welcome, Valerie! Glad you decided to join!
Gloria Beth Gwyn Davis –Fresh start because she is someone who I have never blogged about before on my family tree. http://howdidigetheremygenealogyjourney.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2015-edition-1-gloria-beth.html
I’m getting a fresh start by blogging. My first time. I will get better, I promise. Hope this is the right link: https://momagcline.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/more-than-just-a-farmer/
Welcome! Yes, you sent the right link. And what a wonderful post! You’re off to a great start
My family convicts – fresh start in a new country
I feel like I’ve missed a recap post so am posting my last two blogs so I’ll be in synch:
HOBBS, Caroline B. – #16 (she was my last post of 2014)
CLOSE Sr., John W. – #17 (he was my first post of 2015 and he was a fresh start!)
I started late last year so am now working on #18. Maybe I should say #18-2
First time blogging and I found it really rewarding. I wrote about my ancestor Jane Taylor in week 1. https://digginupdeadpeople.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/week-1-a-fresh-start-jane-taylor/
That’s wonderful, Karen!
This is my first entry. I would like a fresh start on Harry Jackson, please. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-give-me-a-fresh-start-on-harry-jackson/
Hi Amy – Would you please share the best way to go about possibly getting one’s post “highlighted” your weekly recaps, as those by Ms. Genealogy, Cheri Hudson Passey, and Julia Dumas’ were in the Week 1 “Fresh Start” Recap? I know we can post our links in the comments under a Weekly Recap; however, how do we let you know about them in time for them to possibly be mentioned the recap itself? (I hope that makes sense!) Thank you, in advance, for your guidance.
I see various posts throughout the week (people posting links on Facebook, Twitter, and what I see in Feedly). I don’t have time to read all of them — unfortunately! I highlight a few that stuck with me for some reason.
Okay, thank you for the quick response!
Here’s my post for the first week of the year. Thanks for continuing the 52 Ancestor Challenge.
Ooops, my mistake.
Here it is.
FLORES, Antonia – Gets a fresh start as a young widow
Can’t remember if I left this link or not. Fresh start for me is to analyze all data and now include my husband’s family.
ULERICH – http://familyandmemories.blogspot.com/2015/01/timeline-for-edward-earl-ulerich.html
this is mine for the first week: http://schmidtbarbara.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/52-ancestors-2015-no-1-the-fresh-start/
Frank Kowalski – Starting Over, Coming Home http://wp.me/p43WgZ-61
Correct link to Frank Kowalski – Starting Over, Coming Home http://wp.me/p43WgZ-93
Sorry, this is where my week 1 post should go? I’ll get this all straight eventually.
Hi, Teresa! Yes, the links to your posts should be on the weekly recap post like this one. Each week’s recap will be published on Thursdays; you can add your link for Week 2 then. I hope this helps!
A Fresh Start for Immigrant Great Grandfather Jose Robledo (1875-1937)
Although Joe died — according to family — never recovering from losing everything in revolution-torn Mexico and having to juggle poor sporadic work, he provided his family with a successful fresh start. Joe just didn’t live long enough to witness most of these successes.
Feel free to just delete my two posts on the earlier thread then. I’d do it myself, but I don’t see a way to edit.
This is my week #2 post. You said King so I did King Duncan I of Scotland.
Week 1: Nellie Marie Cole Sawdon.
Here’s my Week 1 – Great Grandfather William Gow!
I’ve never done blogging before but this sounds like a great deal of fun. Where do you feel is a great place to blog genealogically speaking.
Blogger and WordPress are both good options. Both are free and pretty easy to get set up.
Thomas Belknap – made a fresh start in Ohio in the 1840s – http://wilsongenealogy.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/1-thomas-belknap/
I made a literal fresh start in my home office so I could keep up with research and blogging! http://rootedinfoods.com/fresh-start-for-a-new-year/
Sorry if you see this twice – was sure I posted the URL but can’t see it! http://anglersrest.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/52-ancestors-1-george-butcher-1908-1974.html
Here are my weeks #1 & #2 for 2015
MANLEY – week #1, Olive Manley (1820-1855) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2015-week-1-fresh-start.html
MASTIN – week #2, Isaac Mastin (1811-1893) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2015-week-2-king-isaac.html
Amy – last year you asked us to post the surname in caps and the name of the person following- it makes it a lot easier to see the relevant names when skimming to see if one’s lines are represented. Maybe you could cover that again this year. Great thing is we have a lot of new people participating!
A bit late on my week 1 link but here it is. http://thelucidcenter.com/thewebtreesgenealogist/?p=444
This is my post for the 1st week, a little late. I wrote about my paternal Grandfather.
This is a Civil War story about my great grandfather. It’s not exactly a “Fresh Start”, but it is part one of a story about events that led up to his making a fresh start in Texas. Part two, which includes his first wife, will be during the week we write about “Plowing Through”
YOUNG, William Pink – Week #1
I’m new to your 52 ancestor challenge this year – great idea! My first post was on time, but I’m slow on the uptake as to your process (link first posted elsewhere) as well as below ….
ANDREW, Charles S
My great great grandfather made a fresh start in 1842 when he married in Stratton Cornwall and emigrated to PEI Canada with a new bride and child.
FAULKNER, Jennie Whitford – Michigan, Minnesota – from unknown beginnings, a woman who could take care of herself.
This is my first try and I know I have a lot of catching up to do. I chose to write about an ancestor who I need a fresh start on. LEYH, Charles –Scraton, Pennsylvania– really do not know much about him. https://dawnsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2015/01/
LEYH, Edward–Scranton, Pennsylvanian, a fresh start desperately needed. I know I’m a little late. I hope I can still join in.
Find Edward Leyh’s story here:
In 2014 I saw recurring themes of the early settlers: geography, farms & religion. They were very intertwined. In 2015 I will post only once a month but about a family (or families) within a particular geographical area. Research will be the same, but the writing up will be shorter!
TYSON, Reiner / Reyneir – Arrived 1683 on the Concord. With the help of German professional resources, I untangle the Mennonite/Quaker affiliation.
Izaak de Visser — A Fresh Start.