It seems appropriate that the optional theme for Week 39 was “unusual,” considering the unusual weather some parts of the country have had.
Did you write about something “unusual” in your family tree this past week? Leave a comment with a link to your post. We’d love to read it!
Also, the optional weekly themes for October are here. I think you could have some real fun with the themes.
By the way, I recently started a new program “31 Days to Better Genealogy,” a free email series filled with practical tips, tricks, and resources to improve your research. I hope you’ll check it out!
I had an unusual meeting with a man who works in the commune this family came from the morning I planned to post this one.
52 Ancestors: #39 The ZWANK-DAHM Family of Moestroff
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
LYONS – featured a cousin named Curt Lyons – Short and sweet this time, as I am still trying to find out more about his life. My Pinterest Board address here:
I don’t have a blog to list the surnames I researching; however, I’ve got a partial list on my Ancestry profile page. Feel free to check them out and drop me a note there if you see we have any in common:
Amy, if this is not okay for me to put this here, my apologies.
Patti, that takes me to a blank form to fill in rather than your profile
Goodness! Thanks for letting me know, Vera. Amy, feel free to delete all of this if you are able to do that!
How can I call a family who names so many people Adam Bair or Daniel Bair and marries women named Elizabeth and then names daughters Elizabeth–unusual? Here’s the thing–my husband thought he was 100% Swiss. But the Bairs put a hitch in that definition. You fellow researchers will sympathise to learn that as I wrote this one, it kept changing on me until even the lead character turned out to be LIMBACH instead of BAIR–both from Germany rather than Switzerland.
(And if you like the recipes that follow these posts–this weeks’ is a delicious Swiss version of carrot cake.)
George LYSLE, Jr. had an unusual (for the time) request in his 1899 will.
RICHARDSON, Sydney – I wrote about my maternal great-grandfather, who was a cheese maker in Prince Edward Island Canada – an unusual occupation in my tree.
My 11th great grandfather John Prescott brought something very unusual with him when he came to New England in the 1600’s. .
SPENCER, Ammiruhama – Isn’t that an unusual name? (male) I love some of the unusual names I find in my ancestor lines, like my all-time favourite, Zerubbabel Jerome.
Whoops – fingers flying too fast. His first name ends in an ‘h’ : Ammiruhamah. Sorry…
Either way, it’s still an unusual mouthful!
MURPHY, EDWARD FRANCIS – (week 39 – 2015) – didn’t follow the theme — just chipping away at our Murphy ancestors
Was my 2x great grandmother Clara Sweeney a prostitute? That is the occupation listed in the 1880 census. Also, uncertain as to the cause of death. Writing is difficult to decipher.
Just a quick entry for this week, not with the theme (except maybe it’s unusually short). Richard DYE
I have a professional football player in my tree but I consider a professional baseball player an unusual occupation.
Lester Evans Willis (1908-1982)
For the Love of the Game
NAGEL – Week 39 “Unusual”: Mathias Joseph Nagel
My 2nd-great-grandmother’s brother had an article published in the Congressional Record in 1914. It was about his views on the Forestry Service.
Lougee, John – He came from the Isle of Jersey through, it appears, Southampton, England – settled in New England, was captured by Indians…and escaped.
I wrote about Thomas Birdseye, my 7th Great Grandfather, because of his unusual name!
MARSH, Onesiphorus – Unusual name http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/10/onesipherous-marsh-52-ancestors-39.html
SPEAK, FAIRES – A Visitation by Sarah Faires Speak (1786-1865) – my lovely cousin brings Sarah Faires Speak alive….
A bit late, but I’m getting there.
My most unusually named ancestor – Stott Joseph Webster (yes, Stott is his first name) from Yorkshire England
I didn’t follow the prompt but I wrote about my great grand uncle Samuel David Whitney of New Bern, NC. Here’s the link: http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/10/52-ancestors-2015-edition-39-samuel.html
My English ancestors had unusual names like Zilpah (girl) and Jeresiah (boy) and my Spanish ancestors had names like Tiburcio (boy) and Eustaquia (girl).