Wow, this challenge took on a life of its own! Exciting to see so many people who have taken the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge!
This is strong showing to start off our 52 weeks. We have stories of heat waves, mean ancestors, and one ancestor who makes you want to repeat a tongue twister. One story (or at least its title) is likely to put songs from “The Sound of Music” in your head.
At least two participants just set up their very first blogs! Congratulations to Shannon of Our Family Tree Tales and Judi Carroll-Thompson of Journey of a Family Historian. May your blogs bring you happiness and new-found cousins!
One of the most common comments I saw about the challenge was “I’m having a hard time choosing which ancestor to start with.” It’s understandable — so many ancestors, so many things to share. But I knew exactly who I wanted to start with: my paternal grandmother Adah Young Johnson. (Read the entry and you’ll know why I wanted to start with her.)
Being a librarian, I had to organize the links So I’ve listed them by the surname of the ancestor being highlighted. Females are listed under their maiden name when I could tell what it was.
Didn’t blog this week? No problem — start next week! Leave a link to your blog in the comments below and be sure to include “52 Ancestors” in the title of the posts for the challenge. (And if you’re on Twitter, use the #52ancestors hashtag.)
Here are the entries for Week 1:
- ACKLEY – “#1 Nancy Ackley Frederick” by Sally Knudsen on SallySearches
- ACQUARD – “#1 Florian Dana Acquard” by Amanda E. Perrine on Amanda’s Athenaeum
- ADAMS – “Week one… (Johnston Adams)” by Cherie Atkinson Clark on Still Digging for Roots
- ALBEY – “Martha Madora Albey” by Terri Buster on Genealogy Junkie – All Roads Lead to Arkansas
- ALLEN – “Addie Little” by Kay Bauman on Relative Storyboards
- ANDERSON – “Finding Josephine… in Calvert” (Josephine Anderson Cross) by Nia Jai on Railroads and Cotton
- ARREDONDO – “Taking the Challenge of Writing About 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” (Elena Arredondo) by Judy Everett Ramos on Fort Worth Genealogy Examiner
- ATKINSON – “#1 Roy Campbell Atkinson” by Kale Liam Hobbes on Your Roots Are Showing, Dearie
- AUSTIN – “#1 Emma Austin’s Story” by Judi Carroll-Thompson on Journey of a Family Historian
- BABURS – “#1 Ādams Baburs” by Antra on Discovering Latvian Roots
- BALLENGER – “#1 Lloyd Ballenger and Reeb’s Restaurant” by Shelley Ballenger Bishop on A Sense of Family
- BELIEL – “Week 1 My Grandmother’s Grandmother” (Nyda Denese Beliel Peck) by cosmokids on Our Family Tree Tales
- BEVERIDGE – “#1 Sarah Elizabeth Beveridge” by Sam Gaberseck on Family Unforgotten
- BLAZER – “#1 Franklin Blazer” by Wendy Littrell on All My Branches Genealogy
- BLISS – “A Second Look at the Life of Susan Bliss” by Karen Seeman on Ancestor Soup
- BOARDMAN – “Alice Bethina Boardman” by Brian Cain on The Impassioned Genealogist
- BOHANON – “Rebecca Ann Bohanon” by Patricia Hobbs on Quotidian Genealogy
- BOWMAN – “#1 Martha Ann Bowman Beasecker” by William M. Wheeler on Wheeler Genealogy
- BRACKLEY – “#1 William Brackley, Jr. (1788-1873)” by Pam Schaffner on Digging Down East
- BRODERICK – “#1 Sarah ‘Daisy’ Broderick” by Cindi Moynahan-Foreman on MoynahanGenealogy
- BULMER – “Mary of Rothwell – life around the pit” on StarryBlackness. (Sorry — I couldn’t find your name! Let me know who you are and I’ll edit the list!)
- BUSBY – “#1 Violet Noreen Busby and the Heat Wave” by Helen V. Smith on From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard
- CARDILLION – “The King’s Daughters Marguerite Cardillion” by Caroll Budny on Trace Your Genealogy
- CARGO – “#1 Albert Cargo of Blount, Alabama” by Beverly McGowan Norman on Roots, Branches, and a Few Nuts
- CHURCH – “Permilia, wife of Benjamin Church” by Barbara Petura on Relative Musings
- CLEMENS – “The Meanest Man Who Ever Lived” (Ambrose Clemens) by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen on Always Anxiously Engaged
- CLIFFORD – “Margaret Ann Clifford Alford” by Jennifer Alford on Jenealogy
- COLBOURNE – “#1 Edward Colbourne” by Bill West on West in New England
- CONWAY – “Catherine Conway Sawyer” by Susan Clark on Nolichucky Roots
- COON – “Roxana D. Coon (25 Jan 1832 – 1 Feb 1873)” by Janelle Dvorak on Flyover
- COX – “Benjamin Kennedy Cox” by Kristie Hancock on Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generations
- DAVIS – “Five Years is a Long Time” (Eulalah Toinette Davis) by Dianne on Finding Family History
- DeLAVALLADE – “The Recording (Mildred DeLavallade Armstrong” by Patricia “Pat” Armstrong Watkins on Afrigeneans Talking
- DENIS – “Rosa Tourville née Denis (1887-1973)” – by Diane Tourville on Genealogy on My Mind (in English)
- DENIS – “Rosa Tourville née Denis (1887-1973)” – by Diane Tourville on Généalogie en tête (in French)
- DERKS – “#1 Peter Derks” by Nikki Miller on A Couple of Whiles
- DONALD – “#1 Laura Cecile Donald” by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on Finding Forgotten Stories
- DONOGHUE – “#1 Johanna Donoghue” by Dave Lucey on The eLucydator
- EICKELBERG – “The ‘Pretty Miss Eickelberg’” (Nelle Eickelberg Nissen Quick Hefin) by Diana Ritchie on Random Relatives
- ENGLISH – “My Grandmother Alice English” by Susan Donaldson on Family History Fun
- ERWIN – “#1 Crawford Erwin, 1818 – 1910” by Jo Allison Henn on Climbing My Family Tree
- FARKAS – “Ida Farkas Weiss” by Marian Burk Wood on Climbing My Family Tree
- FOLLETT – “#1 Mae Hazel Follett” by Joanne Clyde on Do You Know the Muffin Man?
- FORD – “The Courtship Letters of Clayton Ford & Harriet Hagerman” by Heather on Not Heather’s Genealogy
- FRUEH – “He Unexpectedly Showed Up in My Inbox!” (Camillus [Cameron] ‘Cam’ Valentine Frueh) by Cindy Freed on Cindy Freed’s Genealogy Circle
- GERTH – “Katherina Ruthig Gerth” by Carol A. Bowen Stevens on Reflections from the Fence
- GLOVER – “Week One: 52 Ancestors” (Alan Fisken Glover) by Jillian Glover on My Ain Folk
- GRADWELL – “#1 Roy William Gradwell” by Lynda on Deal With Your Past
- HAIRSTON – “Johnie Myrtlene ‘Myrtie’ Hairston” by Diana Quinn on Moments in Time
- HANLON – “John Hanlon (1831-1895) a Happy 183rd Birthday!” by Joan Hanlon on Musings of MidwestAncesTree
- HAWKINS – “Russell Hawkins” by Tim Graham on Photo Restorations by Tim G.
- HERRING – “#1 Anthony Herring” by Celia Lewis on Twigs and Trees
- HILL – “Julius Hill” by Martha Spivey on Fascinated by the Dead
- HOLLEY/HOLLY – “#1 Sarah M Graves” by Kathleen on Ancestry Search
- JACOBS – “Week #1 Ancestor Frederick Richard Jacobs” by Jennifer Bradshaw on Peterson, Jacob, Weber, Folche, Stone, Newberg Family Tree
- JOHANSSON – “Johan August Johansson” by Yvonne on Swedish Thoughts
- JOHNSON – “#1 – My Grandpa” (Carl Johnson) by Linda O’Donnell on One Crazy Branch at a Time
- JOLLETT – “Morris Jollett” by Wendy Matthias on Jollett Etc.
- KEETELAAR – “#1 Dolf Keetelaar” by Sanne van Zijl on Het leven van een DrakenVliegje (in Dutch)
- KEITHLEY – “#1 Eva Keithley” by Donna Brown on DonnaB’s Weblog
- KLARMAN – “#1 Jacob Klarman” by Sue on Bayern Roots
- KLEIN – “No. 1: Morris Klein” by Carin Ruff on Ruff Notes
- KRANZ – “Claus Hinrich Kranz” by Barbara Schmidt on Barbara Schmidt Genealogy – Family History
- KRING – “Week 1 – Simon Tobias Kring” by Paul on Ups and Downs of Family History
- LaMERE – “What Do You With a Problem Like Salome?” (Salome LaMere Landry) by Melanie Tafaro on Your Roots Are Showing, Dearie
- LÉVEILLÉ – “#1 Clémentine Léveillé” by Yvonne Demoskoff on Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog
- LEWIS – “#1 Jennie Belle Lewis” by Janet Brooks on Brooks/Norton Beginnings
- LIMING – “#1 William Liming” by Catherine Pendleton on The Pendleton Genealogy Post
- LINDSEY – “#1 Margaret Ellen Lindsey” by Niki Davis on Rooted in Foods
- LOVE – “John Thomas Love” by Janet Iles on Janet the Researcher
- MAGEE – “The Birthday Book” (Mary Ann Magee) by Connie Yen on Voices From the Past
- MARTIN – “#1 Ben Martin” by Susie Reynolds on Our Families and Their Untold Stories
- MASON – “#1 – Doreen Mason Judge, My Mother” by Kathy Nemaric on KJN Genealogy – Dead Reckoning
- MAURER – “Week 1, Margaret Maurer” (Margaret Maurer Zerkel) by Jenn Merry on Descendants of the Shaffer and Zirkle Family
- McELREA – “#1 Cunningham McElrea” by Kathleen on McElrea Genealogy Blog
- McFADDEN – “#1 Charles McFadden” by Daniel Sample on My Genealogical Quest
- McFARLANE – “#1 Margaret Elizabeth McFarlane” by Elizabeth Richards on Scrapping My Family History
- MILES – “Week 1, Elizabeth Miles” by Kim Robinson on Laney’s Past
- MURPHY – “#1 William George Murphy” by The Down East Genealogist on Pine Trees and Pedigrees
- NAHODIL – “#1 George Rudolph Nahodil” by Lisa on Finding My Dead
- NIKKARI – “Accepting the Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Starting with Frank Nikkari” by Wally Huskonen on Collecting Ancestors
- NOBLE – “Edward Noble” by Eileen A. Souza on Old Bones Genealogy
- NORTON – “Ida Norton Layton” by Jeannie Wood on Woodie’s Web
- NORTON – “Jeremiah Norton” by Patricia Dever on I Remember You…
- O’CONNELL – “Ambrose Lawrence O’Connell” by Terri O’Connell on Finding Our Ancestors
- PARKER – “Myrick Thomas Parker” by Martha Spivey on Fascinated by the Dead
- POTTER – “Peter Potter” by Elyse Doerflinger on Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
- POTTER – “Ruth Potter Sayers” by Lacey Frazier on Potter Family Branches and Twigs
- PRATT – “#1 Austin Wellington Pratt – AKA Hobo Kelly” by Leah Smith on Genealogy in West Brookfield, MA
- PREISS – “#1 Anna Margaretha ‘Margaret’ Preiss” by Colleen Greene on Colleen and Jeff’s Roots
- ROBERTS – “#1 Hazel Pearl Roberts Reynolds” by Kessa Eldridge on Of Loons and Lady Slippers
- ROBLING – “Week 1: Adam Robling (1829-1894)” on the Looking Through the Lens of a Millennial Genealogist’s page on Facebook
- ROESSLER – “#1 Christ. Roessler” by Jodi Spade Roessler on Braiding Trees
- SAMUEL – “Aaron L. Samuel” by Deborah Holman on Who We Are and How We Got This Way
- SCHAFFUSER – “#1 André Schaffuser” by Marine on Dans les branches [NOTE: in French]
- SCHOONOVER – “#1 Lewis John Schoonover, Sr.” by Tina Marie Chase on Random
- SEAVER – “Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)” by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings
- SENECAL – “#1 Sharyn Senecal Coughlin” by Denise Coughlin on Denise’s Genealogy Journey
- SHIELDS – “George Charles Shields (Sr.)” by Beth at A Buckeye Tree
- SILLIFANT – “A Challenge for 2014 (Humphrey Sillifant)” by Kirsty Gray on Family Wise, Ltd.
- SIMPSON – “Week #1 (Harold L. Simpson)” by Laura Johnston on Getting Started in Genealogy
- SKIBBE – “#1 William Adolph Emil Skibbe” by Amy Urman on The Genealogy Search
- SMITH – “#1 Michael Smith” by Dr. Bill Smith on Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
- SNELL – “Sara Snell Stafford” by Gale Wall on Piney Woods & Prairie Winds
- ST. JOHN – “Arthur Newton St. John” by Jen Smart on Jen’s Genealogy Pages
- STEFFENS – “Minnie Steffens” by Fran Jensen on Heart of Story
- STEVENS – “Thomas K. Stevens” by Michael Dyer on Ancestry Addict
- STEWART – “#1 Perry Stewart” by Kathi O’Neill on Scoop’s Scoop
- STROUD – “William Hampton Stroud, Jr.” by Pam on Our Own History
- SWAYZE – “#1 Elizabeth Jane Swayze Wiseman Darling” by D. Taylor on D. Taylor’s Genealogy
- TAYLOR – “#1 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins” by Linda McCauley on Documenting the Details
- TENNANT – “52 Weeks 52 Ancestors” (Sylvia Marie Tennant Stevens Wolf Cruff) by Rene Baron on Wandering Through My Roots
- TILLIN – “#1 Richard Tillin (1825-1884)” by Jo at Full Circle Family History
- THOMSON – “#1 William Thomson” by Cathy Miller on Elusive Ancestor Hunter
- TOULSON – “Grandfather Toulson” by Susan Toulson on Genea-addict
- TUCKER – “#1 Nathaniel Tucker, Poet” by Schalene Dagutis on Tangled Roots and Trees
- VANCE – “Sentimental Sunday and and 52 Ancestors Week 1” (Mildred Vance Reynolds) by Fran Ellsworth on Branching Out Through the Years
- VASQUES – “#1 Mathias Rodrigues Vasques” by Jana Last on Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog
- VOLLICK – “Isaac Vollick the Loyalist” by Lorine Massey on Olive Tree Genealogy
- WAGMAN – “#1 Claudia (Wagman) Rempp” by genohio on genohio
- WESTERHEIDE – “Raymond Bernard Westerheide (1894-1981)” by Miles Meyer on Our Ancestories
- YEAKLEY – “Ernest Marvin Yeakley and Nancy Ellen Jones, my grandparents” by Ann Hinds on Yeakley/Jones Family History
- YOUNG – “#1 Adah Young Johnson (1904-1979)” by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small
Did I miss your 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post from Week 1? If so, add a link in the comments. I’ll try to do better next week
I love that you’re doing these recaps! It’s great to read everyone’s stories. Who knows … we might find some long lost cousins! Kudos.
Already did week 2 – and thanks for the recap! I’ve got some reading ahead of me…. :rubs hands together with glee!:
thanks for the recap!! This challenge is great. It is so nice to see how more and more people come on board.
Amy, this is wonderful!!! Just look what you’ve started.
It’s been a wild few days, that’s for sure! I’m grateful to everyone who has accepted this challenge. Can’t wait to see what develops!
Hey Amy, great list !! This is gonna be fun. My OCD is kicking in tho; can you correct the spelling of my last name? Thanks!
I am SO sorry! I’ve fixed it.
Here is my week 1, surname PREISS: http://www.cjroots.com/2014/01/52ancestors-anna-margaretha-margaret.html
I am *so* sorry, Colleen! I don’t know how I missed it! I’ve added it to the list above and double-checked that you’re in my Feedly list so hopefully I won’t omit your next post!
The list is fantastic! Imagine the connections being made…love it!
What an impressive showing. Thanks for getting so many of us engaged and organizing all the participants. I look forward to reading the posts!
Wow, not only do you start something to benefit us all, but then organize the results!
I’m having so much fun looking at the different blogs and am impressed with the design and content of all. Hopefully, the practice of meeting the challenge will improve my own writing and put the habit firmly in place.
Thanks, Kathleen. Getting the writing habit firmly in place was the main reason I started the challenge! I hope it works for all of us (myself included)!
Thank you for organizing them in this amazing way. I immediately looked for the names in our tree! Such cool information. You are a wonder to me and an incredible asset to the genealogy community!
Thank you, Janet. That’s very kind of you to say.
What a great way to organize the links – by surname!! I’m sure that took extra time on your part and I really appreciate it.
I’m a librarian, what can I say?!
Amy’s challenge netted a new connection in the very first week. It turns out my post on Nathaniel Tucker was “cousin bait.” 😉 Alphabetizing the recap by surnames was Amy’s second stroke of genius so far on 2914.
You can read all about it tomorrow on my blog: http://tangledrootsandtrees.blogspot.com
Two strokes of genius already this year and it’s only January 8?! Wow, I hope I haven’t exhausted my supply, which is normally 1 per year. I might need one later… like sometime this fall when I’m trying to narrow down which ancestors I still really want to highlight!
My #1 is at http://denisedigsroots.blogspot.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-1-john-ernest.html
Great! I have it ready for next week’s recap. Thanks!
I’m enjoying the week #1 recap but am disappointed not to see my
write-up on Sarah Jane Hunt (Baldwin). I sent it as an e-mail to relatives
and resent it to you this morning at your e-address. I think I should probably
learn how to set up a blog.
Hi Chris, I really can’t post the text of everyone’s entries. The only thing I can do is post links to what’s online. If you start a blog, I’ll be happy to post a link. But even if you don’t start a blog, I encourage you to keep writing and sending those bios, stories, etc, to your relatives. It’s the writing and sharing that’s important, no matter where you do it.
Since my blog takes a break for two weeks over the holidays, I’m running a little late, but my first challenge post is up: http://ancestorsinaprons.com/2014/01/52-ancestors-1-rhema-anderson-fair/
And, incidentally (or not so incidentally) this story is totally the result of some cousins biting on the bait!
This is a great idea and it helped kickstart me after a whole year of not adding any posts to my family history blog! I posted last week but didn’t leave a message for you. My first post can be found at: http://larrysgroup.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/i-accept-the-challenge/
Great! I’ve added you to my list. Just remember to put “52 Ancestors” in the title so I can find what posts you’re doing for the challenge. Thanks!
I also started a 52 Ancestors board on Pinterest where I will add a picture of the ancestor whose story I am telling each week. Just thought someone else might want to use that idea.
That is a great idea!
What a great idea! Now, of course, I need to run off an do that as well!!
that is a great idea! Sad, I am really running low on pictures, but documents should do, too.
Documents will do quite nicely
I like this idea!
I just started a blog so that I could do this…
#52 Ancestors: My 1st Post is live as well, Im behind but working on adding the second post this evening!
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I created my first ever blog just for this challenge Here is me and I just published my week 1:
Week 1 for OATES: http://michellesfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/01/week-1-of-52-weeks-ancestor-challenge.html
Looking forward to getting to know my family more in depth.
Welcome to blogging and to the 52 Ancestors challenge! I hope you’ll enjoy both!
Looking for information on my third great paternal grandfather Carl Eric Gullens: http://carlsonandcarricofamilyhistory.blogspot.com/ Family last name was changed to Carlson upon arrival in US.
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I may have posted too late to make the original list. My first ancestor write-up is at https://wheels847.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/martha-beasecker-52-ancestors-1-martha-ann-bowman-beasecker/. You can also get to my blog by going to http://www.wheelergenealogy.com.
I’ve just created my first blog – not only the challenge of committing to write, the challenge of blog management.
Please let me know if you don’t receive or can’t view so I can fix.
Thanks for joining the challenge — and blogging! I see the blog. I look forward to reading your posts.
Hi, I have decided to join in the challenge.
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – # 2 -Mary Stow Polstead Suffolk
(shortlink to post – http://wp.me/pVZrr-d8)
I just found your post and accept your challenge with my first blog post.
Great! Just a quick reminder — if you want your posts to be part of the weekly recap, please put “52 Ancestors” somewhere in the title of the posts so I can find them in my blog reader. (Otherwise, I’ll have no idea which posts are part of the challenge.) Thanks!
I also accepted the 52 Ancestors Challenge, here’s my link to my second entry!
I love this idea! I have gobs of research to funnel into a weekly writing exercise.
I’m using a different platform, a TiddlyWiki, rather than a blog. However, the Wiki is completely devoted to genealogy, and I’m tagging the 52Ancestors posts accordingly.
While customizing my site appearance, I broke some Wiki functionality such as the ability to close individual “tiddlers” — think of them as stories or nodes. I will work on restoring those buttons by week 2.
I will be publishing permaview URLs through tinyURL which bring a given week’s installment to the forefront, and may be easily returned to later in the year:
That’s a neat way to do it!
Like others here, I just discovered 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks this weekend. Funny – I had already started a series about my ancestors at my blog, Extreme Ancestry, but it’s far more fun to be part of a group challenge with some serious accountability to keep writing.
Here’s the link to my first post about Great Aunt Frances:
And I’ll have two more posts up and be on target by the Tuesday deadline. Thanks for pulling us all together:)
Hi Karen! I just read your post. What a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Here’s my Week2 post:
Hope I got this right this time.
I never been very happy with how my posts read, so it takes me a longer time to be satisfied and click the publish button. But I’m going to give this a shot in hopes of finding some new cousins, but at the very least I figure I will improve my writing skills with practice over time. I’ve managed to get two up so far, now working on the third one.
Any writer will tell you that the best way (some say the only way) to get better at writing is to write!
Here is a link to my first ancestor in the 52 Ancestor challenge. It may have been posted too late to have been picked up.
love this idea!
Love this challenge, however the biggest challenge is learning how to blog and then to send you the link to my first 2 posts!
Thank you so much for inspiring me.
I have managed to do four blog posts so far this year as a result of your challenge. That’s the same amount I did for the whole of 2012 and 2013 put together!
As you will see I am doing a slightly amended version – 52 ancestors in 52 weeks in 52 words (or thereabouts) to make sure I post on a regular basis and don’t get hung up on writing a long narrative. I think it is also going to serve as a very useful way for me to keep track of the people that are interesting and that still need some investigation.
Accepted the challenge a bit late, but I’m working on catching up. Thanks for creating this opportunity to share stories as well as network with others interested in family history.
Welcome! Just be sure to include “52 Ancestors” in the title of your posts so that I can find them for the weekly recap.
I want to start participating in your 52 Ancestors Challenge. I will start at week 4. Thank you so very much about doing this. I have a great deal a information to find on my ancestors.
I decided that Australia Day – 26 January – was a good day to begin this challenge. I have been collecting notes for many years and occasionally writing a story about someone in the family tree but this challenge will encourage me to concentrate on writing stories about family members from the information I have collected so far. Have completed two so far with a third almost finished.
That’s great, Vicki! One of the goals of this challenge is to take those notes, photos, and other “stuff” that we’ve all collected over the years and do something with it! If you’re going to blog, let me know where your blog is and I’ll be happy to include your “52 Ancestors” posts in the weekly recaps.
Hi, Amy. I’m new to the challenge this year, but think it’s going to be great fun! Here’s my Week 1 entry. It’s all about taking a fresh start on Hiram Harris White, my hubby’s gg grandfather.
Wonderful! If I might suggest — you might want to post this link on the Week 1 recap post that I’ll do on Thursday. This is the recap from Week 1 of 2014. (I thought I had comments turned off!) Sorry for the confusion!