Week 22. To say that time is flying would be an understatement. So many things are happening right now. I’m embarrassed that I’ve fallen behind in my own challenge. Please know that even though I haven’t been blogging about my own ancestors, I have certainly enjoyed reading about yours.
Among the many posts I read and enjoyed this week were:
- “Percy Earle Hunter’s 1895 Commencement,” by Elizabeth Handler on From Maine to Kentucky. Elizabeth has a class photo and she found newspaper articles about his graduation.
- “William C. Furlani,” by Eileen Souza on Old Bones Genealogy. Eileen has some wonderful school papers in her collection!
- “Regina Wendel – New Beginning for Her and for Me,” by Mary on Ancestors I Wish I Knew. It’s always interesting to start working on a new line in a new location!
Who did you write about this week? Leave a comment with a link to your post and a little bit about your ancestor. Also be sure to take a look at the posts from Week 21. There are some wonderful Memorial Day tributes.
Upcoming Optional Themes:
- Week 23 (June 4 – 10) – Wedding
- Week 24 (June 11 – 17) – Heirloom
- Week 25 (June 18 – 24) – The Old Homestead
- Week 26 (June 25 – July 1) – Halfway
Hard work and an education…
I wrote about my paternal great grandparents and great grand Aunt who came to America from England.
FEW, Fred and Daisy
I wrote about a new beginning for a family after the Civil War. A commencement of their life after a devastating loss.
BIESCHKE or BIESZK – The answer to the question why this surname has two different spellings. This post is the beginning of my anew research of my Westprussian ancestors.
Following the theme of “Commencement,” I wrote about my Vonder Halben cousins who were teachers in Cincinnati. Eleanor and Matilda even graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1913 and 1915, respectively.
The Vonder Halbens – Education Was the Family Business
Herbert Paul LANGE (1929-2013)
Three Generations of “Coasties”
When my dearly beloved uncle commenced his Coast Guard career in 1948, little did he know he also began a legacy of military service that continues through today and includes some extremely accomplished careers.
A New Beginning – a perfect theme for my Wildinger-Weimann family of Ernzen, Germany.
52 Ancestors: #22 A New Beginning for my German Genealogy Research
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
CRUMLEY OR CRUMLY – Phebe Crumley (1818-1900), True Grit, 52 Ancestors #74
She survived the Civil War and her husband lost his mind – somehow, she didn’t lose hers. An amazing woman.
I wrote about my grandparents who both graduated from college in 1906 and 1907:
Beginnings – Resolved WHITE & his parents, William and Susanna WHITE – Mayflower passengers. New beginnings, indeed! These Mayflower ancestors are in my ex-husband’s family lines, through the RICE family.
Mary Lou Barnhart: no. 38 (week 22) – a collateral cousin graduates
Commencement of a whole new extension to a branch of my family tree in the past couple of weeks. DNA testing broke down a brick wall that led me to Henry Christian Vought, Patriot in the Revolutionary War.
“Commencement”: John Schneider
My great-grandfather’s law school graduation.
WENDEL–Regina Wendel–New Beginning for Her and for Me.
Amy, thanks for mentioning this blog post in your recap.
ANDREW, Hetty Mabel – My maternal great grandmother Mabel graduated from the PEI Hospital School of Nursing, Charlottetown PEI, in 1918 and met her future husband Frederick F MAY.
JANE MOEHLMANN – How the class of 1942 commencement led to a very lasting connection among classmates – 60 years of reunions.
Thanks for the mention of my great-grandfather, Percy Earle Hunter, of Pittsburgh at From Maine to Kentucky.
The commencement of my 4 main lines – Martin, Farley, Dempsey, Dobson – I don’t go that far back…
I posted my own first school photo, one of my mother’s, one of my grandfather’s and some school reunion photos for my great grandfather and grand aunt in New Zealand.
I wrote ab out my Grandmother’s sister, Edna Hudson. She was the first woman in the family to earn a Master’s Degree, and she did at the University of California at Berkeley when she was from Fort Worth , Texas!
I took a different angle on commencement. I wrote about the family history project that some of my students are doing. They are Juniors and a year away from graduation and they are just beginning to learn about their family history. This year was amazing and I will have more stories to share on my blog about their experiences. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/06/embarking-on-journey-of-discovery.html
FURLANI – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #22 William C. Furlani (1912 – 1989) – Commencements by Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
Amy, thank you for mentioning my post this week.
Eldon DUTTON (1920-1992) – Finding his yearbook photo and comparing it with a present day graduate.
Susan KASER KERR (1849-after 1910) and Elsie KERR FRITZ (1883-1962)
This Susan is the oldest sister of my father’s father, and her daughter Elsie is one of the rare Kaser cousins who stayed in touch with my father and his brother. I almost knew her! (Although this was published at the appropriate time, I was on a road trip, and it was difficult to post a comment here.)
MCNEAL, Cora May
SUTHERLAND – Focusing on my 7th Great Grandfather, Alexander Sutherland in particular and the Clan Sutherland in general.
MONTEMAYOR – 10th great-grandfather, Diego de Montemayor, began a new life in New Spain as a Sephardic Jew posing as a Catholic. He was governor of Nuevo Leon and founder of the city of Monterrey. He got another new start after murdering his wife.
POTWIN – Irving A, my great grandfather. Better late than never!! (me, not him – he was a forward thinker …)