Oops. Last week I had scheduled the recap post.. or, rather, I thought I had scheduled the recap post. I saved it, set the day and time, but apparently didn’t click the “schedule” button. Sorry about that
The optional theme for Week 35 was “School Days.” Week 36 brought us “Working for a Living.” Who did you write about (whether or not you used the themes)? Please leave a comment with a link to your post. Also take a look at the posts from Week 34 (“Non-Population”) — there were some really cool finds in there!
Upcoming Optional Themes
- Week 37 (September 10-16) – Large Family
- Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place
- Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual
Yearbooks for Personality
How I use Ancestry.com’s US School Yearbook collection and what I like and don’t like about them.
Occupations in a Coal Mine
So many of my ancestors were coal miners in Canada, Scotland, and the U.S. I’ve summarized what I’ve learned about the various occupations employed to support mining. These are mostly from the early 1800s to prior to WWII.
None of these posts are about specific ancestors.
Week 35 I wrote a little about my maternal grandfather, my mother and my own school days http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/school-days-52-ancestors-week-35.html
Week 36 I wrote about my paternal grandfather’s work http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/working-for-living-52-ancestors-week-36.html
Did girls and boys have the same rights to go to school back in the days the MERKES-HASTERT children grew up?
52 Ancestors: #35 MERKES-HASTERT Family – Back to School or Back to Work?
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
America had cowboys while in Luxembourg they were known as cow herders.
52 Ancestors: #36 The GRISIUS-SCHAEFFER Family – Working for a Living
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
I wrote about my Great Aunt Loretta who went to Nursing school and became a school nurse
For week 36, I wrote about my Great Grandmother whose husband died in an accident leaving her with 3 children under the age of 6 to raise.
Charles Townsend COPELAND (1860-1952) was a 2nd great uncle of mine who was such a prominent Harvard Professor, he was on the cover of Time Magazine: Copey of Harvard, My Second Great Uncle – 52 Ancestors #35
John ALSTON (1806-1882) spent his life as a carpenter, first in Scotland, then in Allegheny City, PA: John Alston, Carpenter – 52 Ancestors #36
Week 35 – School Days- Since my mother was a teacher I decided to recap her School Days as a teacher. Mrs. Putnam.
PUTNAM (nee. DOUGHERTY), Dorothy Ada
The themes for these two weeks were just too perfect for my mother and my father. So I abandoned temporarily my tracing of my husband’s family and went back to mine.
Harriette ANDERSON (KASER) A teacher’s school photos. I talk about the beginnings of my mother’s teaching career in the 1920s and 30s and show some of her collection of pictures from school. If you are interested in the nitty gritty, the post that shows up just above this one, talks about what home economics education was like when she started teaching.
Paul KASER: Work for a living or for a career?
He was a hard worker and had an amazing career as a hydrologist that utilized his scientific interests as well as his creative writing skills, despite a lack of formal higher education. Lots of photos and newspaper articles with this one.
Week 35 – School Days: I selected my Uncle Bob Anderson this week to highlight the challenges of getting an education on the Canadian prairies in the years spanning the Great Depression and the Second World War.
Week 36 – Working for a Living: I selected my 9th great grandfather Edward Winslow who made his living in the salt business. He is best known as the father of several of Plymouth Colony’s early Winslow settlers.
For weeks 35 and 36, I wrote about two brothers, both my mother’s first cousins and both dedicated to public service in their own ways:
#35 – Geoffrey Clement ANDREW was Professor of English as well as Dean and Deputy President at the University of Vancouver until 1962. He was a champion of improved access to higher education across Canada.
#36 – Arthur Julian ANDREW served in Canada’s Foreign Service in postwar Europe between 1953 and 1978 in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Cyprus, Israel, Sweden and Greece. Arthur was also an author and an educator.
Week 35 “School Days”: Florence Kathleen Boe
I wrote about my maternal grandfather’s sister’s high school days and included pictures from her yearbook.
Week 36 “Working for a Living”: John Boe
I wrote about my great-grandfather’s occupations over the course of his life. He worked for automobile companies and became president of one. He also had a farm machinery business.
Week 35 School Days: Clara Augusta “Gussie” GRAVES my great-grandmother & her report card from an interesting Finishing School/College in New York. Fascinating. Smart cookie!
Week 36 Working For A Living: Thomas Hepard ATHERTON, my son-in-law’s 2nd great-grandfather, and his only time listed on Censuses with an occupation listed as “Coachman”… then he went back to farming!
John Billy Shields – no. 51 (week 35). He lost his life in the Battle of Anzio.
Jessica Corinne Lankford – no. 52 (week 36). Number 52 in my first year of blogging 52 Ancestors!
EITELBACH–Henrich and Christina Eitelbach–Visiting the Past This is about my visit to my 4th great grandparents home town in Germany.
School Days – I have pictures (and a story) of my great-grandmother’s school and pictures of my grandmother and parents during their school days:
Occupations: I wrote about what I know about fourteen different ancestor’s occupations.
Both of these posts are about my grandfathers. I’m lucky to have the old school pictures.
School Days – The One Room School House
Farmers and Coal Miners in southern Indiana
School days I did my Great Aunt Mabel who was a schoolteacher in Ft. Worth, TX, she also was very big on family history!
Working, I did Johan Forman who was a “careth makeren” in Kristianstad, Sweden in 1725, I found him and what that meant on line!
Week 35 BRODERICK: Still Searching for WW II PoW Stories:
My first cousin (2x removed) – RCAF Warrant Officer (Bomb Aimer) Leo Joseph Martin Broderick was born December 22, 1919 and died in WW II on 06 September 1943 at the young age of 24.
I wondered what the newly released PoW records said and would they help me understand what happened that night?
PoW: HEWITSON, BRIGGS and THOMSON
Week 35 was about Eva Heiser Royer who was a rebellious teen that eventually settled down. http://nancyhvest.com/52-ancestors-week-35-eva-heiser-runaway-wife-mother/
Week 36 was about Thornwell Grant who died in France during World War 1. http://nancyhvest.com/52-ancestors-week-36-thornwell-grant-war-casualty/
for both weeks 35 and 36 I wrote about my 2 grandfathers! For School Days I wrote about my paternal grandfather, Arthur Logan Adamson:
And for Working for a Living, I wrote about my maternal grandfather, Edward Francis Murphy:
Week 35 – my family had no school photos. This week I write about one a cousin found online http://martinewsancestors.blogspot.com/2015/08/52ancestors-week-35-school-days.html
Week 36 For this week’s theme “Working For A Living”, I thought that I would do a review of various occupations in my family tree. http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/09/52-ancestors-no-36-working-for-living.html
Week 35 – I wrote about my great grandfather.
Week 36 – I wrote about my third great grandfather, who had a rather descriptive obituary.
SEEWER, Johann Jakob
Week 36 – I wrote about my Dad and his work as a Marine Cook
Week 36 – DUTCH, Grace (___) was a midwife and was accused of witchcraft. I was amused by her testimony about the minister, describing him as “fitter to be a ladies chambermaid, than a preacher.” http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/09/fitter-to-be-chambermaid-than-preacher.html
Week 35 – MORTON, Nathaniel – He was a historian and I’m a history teacher so it seemed to fit the back to school theme for me. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/08/historian-nathaniel-morton-52-ancestors.html
I wrote about my Quaker CRUMLEY ancestors, James and his son, William, but they weren’t your “normal” Quakers it seems – or maybe they were….
I fell behind while we were traveling in Montreal and Quebec City. I am trying to get caught up now. Here is #35 for “School Days.” This was a tough one to research. It isn’t easy to find information about 18th century education in the Pfalz – not in English, anyway. On a bright note, I found quite a bit of new information on my ancestor!
Johan Jacob Elsässer – “Die Schulmeister” http://wp.me/p4ioO6-h8
Here’s # 35 for me. Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond was my 2nd cousin 2x removed. Here’s a post featuring her high school yearbook picture. http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/09/52-ancestors-2015-edition-35-dorothy.html
Week 36 for me was my Paternal 2x great grandfather
BATSON, John R. a Potter by trade.
A little late on adding mine. I wrote about my grandfather’s work at Westinghouse Electric and how Westinghouse was a prominent employer in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/09/52-ancestors-week-37-my-grandpa-worked-for-westinghouse-electric/
Week 35 – HANSON, Franklyn, the school days of my dad with a 1936 class pictures and reunion picture
Week 36 – THOMPSON, Wilma & Alice, the orphan sisters
Week 36, I wrote about my 2nd great grand uncle William Henry Jones of Morehead City, NC. He was the postmaster for the town. Here’s the link: http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/09/52-ancestors-2015-edition-36-william.html
Week 35 – Joanna Catherina Casteleyn b. 1817 in Belgium http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/09/52-ancestors-week-35-catherina-casteleyn.html
Week 36 – Fritz Schmidt (1839-1919) http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/09/52-ancestors-week-36-fritz-schmidt.html
BYRD – William David Byrd (1835-1903), my 2nd Great Grandfather. My choice for week 35 would far better fit the theme for week 36, due to his many occupations, however, because one of those occupations listed was “teacher” – I’m using him for the “School Days” theme. And it’s really a scant connection to it as I know NOTHING about his time as a teacher, NOTHING! But every other ancestor that would fit this theme really well has been featured already, sigh! My Pinterest board address here:
PARKER – week 36 – Third Great Grandfather, Thomas S. Parker (1818-1868). Lived in Mississippi his whole life, mostly in Clarke Co. My Pinterest Board address here:
School days – This is the story of how my ancestor cousins, Frank Armstrong Crawford (a female) and Amelia Townsend, and Amelia’s husband Holland McTyiere, convinced my other cousin, Cornelius Vanderbilt, to donate the money to establish Vanderbilt University. Frank, Amelia, and Cornelius were all cousins and they’re my cousins, too. Without them, Vanderbilt University would not exist.
My ancestors were farmers, cowboys, Spanish Conquistadors, explorers, merchants, Texas Rangers, soldiers, and laborers. The women were usually listed as “keeping house.”
Running so late on this: Caleb Mott 1793-??, Long Island, NY, Boatman http://wp.me/p5z5tj-6Y