Genealogy is a creative pursuit. You have to take bits and pieces from different things and try to see how they all fit. It’s also creative in expression. Some people blog, others record videos, some write journals to share with family members.
So it is with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Patti Elliott Di Loreto doesn’t blog, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking the challenge. She’s doing it via a Pinterest board. The Vernon & District Family History Society in Canada is having a different member of the society write a profile each week. What a neat project!
Here are some of the posts that struck me this past week (just some — there’s no way to list them all!) Lynda at Timelines and Stories told about her cousin who was a nurse in World War I and traveled across the country to get married. Cara Jensen at Sherlock Homes tried to see if there was any truth to the family legend about an ancestor’s photo with Joseph Smith. (Yes, that Joseph Smith!) Beth Gatlin of So Many Ancestors explained the good deeds of some helpful genealogists — and the good deeds that yielded results!
My 52 Ancestors post this week was “Mary and Rebecca Ramsey and the Good Deed of Their Father.” It’s a short lesson in how an ancestor’s poor planning can actually work to our benefit.
Who did you write about this week? Leave a comment with a link to your post. Also, be sure to go back and read some of the posts from Week 7. There are some wonderful stories just waiting to be read!
- Week 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4) – Close to Home
- March themes
My ancestor JAN POLACEK (1759-1812) for the week had his name on the contract to buy a town (Zelów, Poland) and is one of the “founding fathers”
IDA MARIE LICHTISNN 1891-1975
A nurse during World War I who found love while serving as an Army nurse.
Thanks Amy for the mention today!
Oxley, McDowell, and Ricketts: DNA and Genealogy; A cousin says we’re not related, DNA says we are.
Matthew Brawley 1876-1937. A good man
HULL, Betsey / Elizabeth (1780-1858), daughter of a Connecticut Loyalist, spent her life in rural Nova Scotia where her father had obtained a land grant. http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2015/02/elizabeth-betsey-hull-52-ancestors-8.html
BIESCHKE, Willi (1922-1942)
I wouldn’t have known him if my aunt hadn’t mentioned him, but I learned more about him by accident. A tribute to Willi and a big Thank You to two married couples for their good deeds! Thank you for reading:
Capt. John CHAMBERS (1742-1802) – My paternal 6th great-grandfather, Revolutionary War soldier and POW, and the patriot upon which my acceptance into DAR was based. He certainly did a good deed. And, because of him, I experienced the good deeds of others, including the distant kindness of my great-great grandmother and the generosity and helpfulness of two DAR members who were complete strangers. – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/02/captain-john-chambers-52-ancestors-in.html
A good deed doesn’t always have a happy ending.
GOWDY — “Gowdy’s Good Deed” on Green Family Archives
RUSSELL – Sobrina Russell
I found my 4th-great-grandmother through two deeds from 1858 and 1888, and the generosity of the researcher who sent them to me.
Thanks for mentioning my post, Amy!
Adam Close & his wife, Catharine, had to depend on their only son during the last 5 years of Adam’s life as he suffered from consumption or tuberculosis. During the last 3 years of his life, he was confined to his bed. And, his son went off to fight in the Civil War.
Good Deeds…I focused on the good deeds that other genealogists and family members have done for me through-out my searching…
Trefethen, Henry – The ultimate good deed of duty cost him his life.
James T Serviss of Montgomery county New York-http://wp.me/p5z5tj-23
Oops my link didn’t work, hopefully it will now:
Rev. David Rice was a Presbyterian minister in Virginia, who was forced out to the state for his anti-slavery views. He became revered by many in Kentucky.
Rev. David Rice (1733-1816)
Apostle of Kentucky
My 8th great grandmother Ellen (or Eleanor) Newton was among the earliest of my ancestors to have land in America.
I chose to write about the good deeds of a researcher from Germany who helped me in an extraordinary way with my paternal 3x great-grandmother. This shows how fruitful it can be to use specialized Facebook groups for your research.
Maria Elisabeth Hemesath – 52 Ancestors 2015 #8
I’m on my paternal side of the tree for this week. MOORE, Franklin Wheeler (1852 – 1919), my 2nd great grandfather that moved from Alabama to Lavaca Co, TX to Bexar Co, TX. He’s hiding in the Lavaca County Deeds…I just know it! http://bit.ly/1JNku8r
A newbie to property research, I followed the life of the house built by my 2nd great grandmother’s brother: August Sendzikowski in my entry “The House that August Built” – http://bit.ly/1DuKVtf
Very interesting blog entry – you’ve inspired me to do some house research on a couple of houses in my family!
Thank you! Good luck!
Thanks for the mention and for reading!
BYRD, LONGINO, YOUNG, ELLIOTT (Hopkins Co, TX) For the “Good Deeds” theme on my Pinterest version of “52 Ancestors” – I highlighted my Great Grand Uncle & Aunt, Stephen B. and Mary Edna (YOUNG) LONGINO. When my Great Grandmother, Emma Elizabeth (YOUNG) BYRD passed away from TB in 1907, they took in my paternal grandmother (Edna Earl [BYRD] ELLIOTT), then 9 years old, to help out her grieving father.
P.S. And thank you for the mention Amy!
COMPTON, Harry Childeroy – my 4G grandfather was the “proprietor” of a large amount of land in Prince Edward Island in the early 1800s. He also tried to ensure that his Acadian tenants had continued access to their burying ground on his property. But where was that cemetery located exactly?
Catherine Pillard/Pillat – Filles du Roi ou Amerindienne?
You might be interested in this article:)
Hannah Stone Campbell, my 3x great grandmother, c.1800-c.1870. I’m hoping that land records will be the key to finding out what happened to Hannah.
George Baxter Everitt, 1803-1874
My subject for week 8 is the good deeds of my late mum, Joan Oster
My subject for Good Deed was an ancestor who gave up a part of her life to raise her siblings.
Sunday was National Day of the Resistance (Nationalen Dag vun der Resistenz) in Luxembourg, as a tribute I featured a granddaughter of Nicolas and Maria PEFFER-MERTES in the introduction to this week’s ancestral couple blogpost. What good deeds did she perform?
52 Ancestors: #8 The PEFFER-MERTES Family (1866-1995) by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
George HARGREAVES, one of many, but which?
One of my goals this year is to learn more about my 5x great grandmother Margaret Still. This week I researched some deeds pertaining to her!
52 Ancestors: Tracing Margaret Still through her deeds http://www.genealogybyjeanne.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-tracing-margaret-still.html
CHURCH, Jennie F. – no. 24 (week 8). Unfortunately, good deeds didn’t come her way. She probably died alone in an insane asylum, put there by her husband.
Thomas WHITEHOUSE from Dudley area in Worcester, 1829-1909
My grandmother, who bought coats for her elementary school students.
MEISBERGER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #8 – Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900), Good Deeds or Just Deeds? by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy.
I’ve written before about my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger but I have not yet written about this aspect of his life. He has the distinction of being my earliest ancestor to own property. Did he do good deeds or did he just own deeds? Well, maybe both.
BRODERICK: 52 Ancestors No. 8: Christian Brother: Bernard Broderick joined the Christian Brothers at 13 years of age and served in Africa for twenty years (1954-1974) http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/02/52-ancestors-no-8-christian-brother.html
WEBER: Jacob Weber (or Weaver) of Lehigh County, PA. How his good deed was rewarded through generations.
This is the beginning of a write up of how I used deeds as evidence to confirm the children of my ancestors Coonrod and Barbara (RADABAUGH) COON.
The Children of Coonrod S. and Barbara (RADABAUGH) COON or How Deeds Made Me Party Like It’s 1999
I wrote about an ancestor who uprooted his family and left his home in Orange County, North Carolina to help his friends, who were freed slaves, get to safety in Indiana.
I did my ancestor, Carolyn Avery, because she’s one of the few I found a deed for and she led me into several important and even royal lines.
For week 8, I wrote about Charles PHILLIS, a man who could have used a good deed: https://hollieannhenke.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/52-ancestors-8-charles-phillis-three-brothers/
The deed of my Great-Grandfather August C.Bough goes in two headings: He was the holder of deeds and he did great deeds.
DEMPSEY, William Howie – Glasgow Scotland. 5 x Military Enlistments + same home for over 40 years
Interesting to read so many pieces about research using deeds. I am just beginning to look at my older Kaser relatives, and have not got beyond census and church records for 2x great grandfather George…but those scant records tell me about his values–church, culture, family.
“What’s Deeds Got To Do With It” —
This week I wrote a very brief post about one of my toughest brick walls Anna MERRIMAN Busby. There are many people researching her – she is very elusive!
This week’s ancestor is George Carl Focht, the husband of my great aunt Anna Arnold. I wish I had more detail to offer about him, but he’s another one who didn’t leave much of a paper trail. I hope there are others, probably his direct descendants, who know and celebrate the details of his life.
I’ve written about my grandmother who did good deeds. Though they had very little money of their own, my grandma always fed the homeless who showed up on her doorstep.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/26/scott-walker-cpac_n_6756724.html
EVERITT, John Fagan – Used his position in society to enact good deeds in the name of justice.
CARRICO, Josiah (1803-1871) – http://carlsonandcarricofamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-2015-week-8-josiah-carrico.html
PUTNAM, Joseph Fletcher
This week I deviated from my the subject to do the story on my greatgrandfather that made the trip to California in the late 1850’s from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Louisa Cooper — I highlighted a cemetery lot deed.
BAILEY, John & the wreck of the Angel Gabriel in the Hurricane of 1635 http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/02/stormy-weather-52-ancestors-10.html
VANNOY ESTES – Elizabeth Vannoy Estes (1847-1918), Cherokee?
Was she, or wasn’t she?
Totally forgot to link this.
SEABORNE, Mabel (1889-1976) — Freemont, Ohio to Greenwich, Connecticut. Photographic Artist.
ANDREWS & The Texas Revolution – Brothers: Richard, Micah & Reddin – My 3rd Great Grand Uncles. Pictures, videos and info relating to the Texas Revolution in general and more specifically, the battles in which Richard and Micah fought. Several of which were “Close to Home.”
Oops! Put this on the wrong weekly recap! Sorry! I’ve now put it on the correct one.
Maria Mott- Hempstead, New York ~1840-1874, my GrGrGrandmother: http://wp.me/p5z5tj-2v
Here is my post for Week 8 about an elusive person whose life can be captured through a notary act:
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=816
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=607
Here is my post about Thomas Edwards, died in a coal mining accident in Utah.