52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 18 Recap

52ancestors-2015-18The optional theme for Week 18 was “Where There’s a Will.” Many people followed the theme. Others didn’t. And that’s perfectly alright :)

Among the wonderful posts that I’ve read this week were these gems:

My post this week was about Robert Darling, the brother of my ancestor Mary (Darling) Young. Robert was unmarried, but his will could prove key to researching that branch of my family tree.

Your Turn

Who did you write about this past week? Leave a comment below with the link to your post and a little bit about your ancestor. You never know what cousins are reading this! Also, be sure to take a look at the Week 17 recap. There could be a cousin waiting for you there!

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Upcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 19 (May 7-13) – There’s a Way
  • Week 20 (May 14-20) – Black Sheep
  • Week 21 (May 21-27) – Military
  • Week 22 (May 28 – June 3) – Commencement

43 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 18 Recap

  1. Amy W. Kelly

    Yandell WOOD (1826-1906), my paternal 3rd great-grandfather – Through his will, I learned that he co-owned a mill in Tennessee with his brother and that he filed a Civil War compensation claim – i.e., “war claim” – against the United States government for damages done to his business by soldiers.

  2. nancyhvest

    Want to hear something funny? I have just been writing about ancestors and not using the optional themes. Coincidentally, the optional theme this week and my post matched perfectly!

  3. Cheryl Biermann Hartley

    I have had trouble sorting out the hundreds of Hartleys from the Bradford area of Yorkshire, England, but his week’s theme inspired me to look for a will in Melbourne, Australia. That’s what I love about this challenge! It often inspires me in a direction that is outside my current focus of research.

    Hannah Hartley Ingham – Where There’s a Will, There Might Be a Clue


  4. Melody

    I only have one ancestor’s will in my collection. This is about the challenges trying to locate my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly’s probate file in San Francisco.


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