52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 2 Recap

52ancestors-2015-02Bloggers are a creative bunch of people. Not only does writing about our ancestors open us up to new possibilities with our research, even playing with words gets us to think about who to research. I had a feeling that the optional weekly themes would do that, and it was certainly evident with the Week 2 theme: King.

Several people went with the “royalty” route. Niki Davis on Rooted in Foods gave a brief history of one of her possible ancestors, Robert the Bruce. Valerie Hughes on Genealogy With Valerie used “king” as a location and wrote about Francis Thornton Strother because he was born in King County, Virginia. Penny Bicknell on A Branch Too Far went through the origins of the word “king,” which lead her to highlight her grandfather. Similarly, Yvonne Demoskoff of Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog wrote about her ancestor Louise Roy, because “Roy” means “king” in French.

I, too, went with the surname. I wrote about my third-great-grandmother Mary Ann King, daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Payne) King and wife of John Murnahan.

Who did you write about this week? Leave a note with a link in the comments below. (Be sure to include the person’s name and a little bit about them. It makes it easier for others to scan through and spot names that they’re researching!)

week2-twitterUpcoming Optional Themes:

  • Week 3 (Jan 15-21) – Tough woman
  • Week 4 (Jan 22 – 28) – Closest to your birthday
  • Week 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 4) – Plowing through

104 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 2 Recap

  1. Penny Bicknell

    As the reference was made to ‘Kings’ being born in January, I had to think this one through. I really wasnt sure who to write about.

    The origin of the word ‘King’ is germanic for kin and kin, is of course family. Additionally, the reference to ‘Kings’ gives by Amy relates to birthdays during the month of January.

    Next Tuesday would have been my Grandads 95th birthday. As such, my 2nd post of 2015 is in his memory, a big big part of my ‘kin’ and as such, a King in my eyes.

    Please have a read!


    1. labwriter

      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 good ideas. Fascinating reading!

    1. labwriter

      It’s clear that Thursday is going to be blog reading day–ha. I really enjoy reading everyone’s entries. I also like to post comments on some of them, however I think I’m going to post my comments on this page under the link to the blog. The way some of these blogs are set up (and it is no fault of the blog poster), they ask for more information to sign up to make a post than I’m comfortable giving out. Or else they’re sometimes just a PIA to work with–heh. Anyway, that’s why my replies will be here. –labwriter

      1. onlyarethusa

        I have had tried to leave so many comments on other people’s blogs and most often am thwarted by their requirements as well. On the other hand, having had my own blogs for several years now, I was (and still am, but figured out how to stop it) getting so much spam that it almost defeated the purpose of having a blog. If only there was simple solution to this aggravating problem. As a writer, I really enjoy comments on what I write. As a reader, I want to be able to leave comments on the blogs I read, so I like your solution, Labwriter.

  2. pen4hire

    SMITH (Ann Marie/ Anna Mariah Smith Butts)
    This article has no connection to King that I can see at all. But I am starting a series on the four civil war letters written home by my great-grandfather Henry Allen Butts to his wife Annie. The letters help decode these two people, as well as give me a chance to talk about some of the most exciting moments of the Civil War.


  3. Cheryl Biermann Hartley

    Martin Luther had a connection to King Henry VIII, but since I wrote about him in week 13 last year, I thought maybe his son, Paul, had a connection to a king. He was the court physician for a number of German Prince Electors, but that was as close as I could get!

    Paul Luther – A Doctor and an Alchemist – 52 Ancestors 2015 #2


  4. approachingthehill

    I wrote about my Aunt Sarah because she shares a birthdate with Elvis. She was my Dad’s oldest sister and she died tragically young during an operation.

    It is incredibly difficult to create a family tree full of Italians because they go by many different names in their life times. For example, my aunt was born Rosaria Cuba but the family surname was eventually changed to Cubba (and not at Ellis Island). I try to include as many aliases as I can for each person.


    1. Amy Johnson Crow Post author

      Hi! You don’t need to “provide” me the post. Just leaving a link in the comments is fine. Each Thursday, I post that week’s recap. You’re welcome to leave your link there. BTW, you might want to consider including your ancestor’s name so that others will be able to spot it easier. You never know when a cousin is going to be looking!


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