It hardly seems possible that it’s been a year since we started this journey of chronicling 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. In some ways it seems like yesterday, yet it also seems like forever ago! I’m going to share my thoughts later today on what I’ve learned this year, but for now, I want to say
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 52 Ancestors Challenge this year and supported this crazy idea. I also want to say
Whether you did 1 post or all 52, you did something to record, preserve, and share the story of your ancestors. That is worth celebrating!
I played a mean game of “catch up” at the end of the year. My extended absence in June put me behind, and I seemed to get “behind-er” as the year went on. But, I made it through all 52. Here are my posts from this past week:
- Nancy Dillon Kingery: 1842 Was a Rough Year
- Susan Orr Skinner: A Lesson in Family Dynamics
- Stanley Johnson: The Grandfather I Mostly Remember
- Della Starkey Ramsey: The Grandmother I Never Met
As always, leave a comment with a link to your 52 Ancestors post from this past week. Also, while you’re waiting for midnight to strike, take a look at the posts from Week 51. Lots of good reading there!
Ready for some more? We’re doing it all again in 2015!
LINGLE — Jacob Lingle
Congratulations to you too, Amy. And thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year and here’s to better research and more writing in 2015!
TYSON, Edwin Uncle Ned’s Christmas Poem to Chester Tyson’s Family ; describing courtship and each member of his brother’s (very big) family.
SMITH, Bertha Edna #15 http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2014/12/52-ancestors-15-bertha-edna-smith.html
KINNAIRD, William Frances “Frank”. A year long journey to find and tell the story I wanted to learn all along. http://ssimms64.blogspot.ca/2014/12/week-52-william-francis-kinnaird.html
Thanks for making it possible, Amy! You can’t imagine the ripples in the pond your one idea has created for so many. Cheers to 2015!
It was pretty amazing to see this project take off like it did! Have a very happy New Year!
AVERY, William–#41–William Avery–Blacksmith, Physician and Bookseller
Amy–Thanks for setting this up and keeping it going. I did not get to 52 ancestors, but really enjoyed doing this.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
HAIRSTON – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #52 John Lewis Hairston – A Timeline
Thank you for creating this phenomenal challenge!
My last post of the year – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: I Completed the Challenge!!
Congrats on making it all the way through!
MORSE – #50 Benjamin Morse (1809-1890) at Digging Down East
SKILLINGS – #51 Josiah Skilling (1734-1745) at Digging Down East
BUSTIN – Leslie Thomas Bustin (1915-2000) at Digging Down East
You did it!
Amy, thank you so much for the wonderful challenge. Each Saturday or Sunday throughout 2014 I managed to tell the story of at least a part of one ancestor’s life. Sometimes I wrote about the same ancestor more than once, which was my favorite part of the challenge. Examining all the information I had before writing, made me realize the research was incomplete. Often as I worked to fill the gaps, I discovered fascinating things.
For my last post of 2014, I did something a bit different. I didn’t write about an ancestor but rather a disease — tuberculosis. It created havoc and tragedy all over my family tree.
Tuberculosis — Greatest Killer in History
The same thing happened to me, Schalene. As I started writing, I was often found more things I wanted to explore or records to dive into. My to-do list for 2015 definitely got longer! Have a great New Year!
Thank you Amy, it has been a fascinating and challenging year. I’m very glad I partici. I didn’t quite make it but since I took 4 or 5 weeks off in the summer to move and caught up all but one, I still feel good about it. I’m just a beginning family historian and blogger (and have a stressful full time job still) and I accomplished and learned a lot!
BENNETT, Anna Mae (1898-1977) #50 and
HENN, Owen Carl (1906 – 1988) #51
My grandparents – they moved to Dayton Ohio (from Michigan) on the flip of a coin at the start of the Great Depression
That is so cool, Jo — both the story about your grandparents and that you enjoyed the challenge. Keep up the good work!
DOSS – 52 Ancestors: #52 Levina DOSS – Another Unmarried Mother and How She Helped Me Bring This Challenge Finale to an End with a Bang!
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
A Thank You Note to Amy Johnson Crow
My Plans for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition
GOWDY — “Fanny Gowdy and an American Romance in Paris” on Green Family Archives.
My last post of the year is about a distant cousin rather than a direct ancestor, but her story is so interesting that I wanted it to be my grand finale post.
Charles Henry DARDEN, the Lost Son.
Well, somehow, I managed to get all 52 in. I am stunned, but, when I breath I dance! LOL
And, I only had to “redo” one, a duplicate. LOL
Thanks Amy for a challenge supreme. It was great.
MUNCY – Agnes Muncy (1803-after 1880), A Grieved Mother
Woohooo – we made it. All 52. Thanks so much Amy for the inspiration and coordination of this project. I received a wonderful note from someone this past week telling me that a piece of the testimony in the Clarkson court case in one of my articles is the first solid identification he has ever had of his ancestor. Made it all worthwhile. Looking forward to 2015!!!
That is so neat, Roberta! Thanks for letting me know about that comment you received!
HINDMARSH Alexander, Shepherd with two good donkeys, #52Ancestors #52
Thanks so much Amy for doing this – I now have almost 2,000 people in my family tree, and blog posts have brought together new cousins and friends across the world Happy New Year.
That’s great that you made some cousin connections! And congratulations on making it to post #52!
Jamestowne Colony Ancestors–20 Grandparents ! — 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #52
What a change one year can make in a life! This challenge has been eyeopening in more ways than I could ever have imagined! Sixty-five years old, and who would know what an adventure awaited! Thank you Amy Jonson Crow for issuing and maintaining this challenge! I’ll never forget it, and it will continue to lead me to amazing discoveries! I am thrilled by all the new friendships and connections I have made, as well as all the family I have learned about. It has been an adventure! Helen
It certainly has been an adventure! I’m happy that you enjoyed it. Best wishes for a great 2015!
CRESAP, Thomas, Maryland Frontiersman, Pathfinder and Patriot (52 Ancestors #52)
Whew! I did it Amy. Thanks for the challenge and it really was at times along the way. Alas, i won’t be participating in the 2015 challenge but will continue writing and following up on all of the “future research” mentioned in each post. Happy New Year to you and all the participants.
Isn’t it neat how our writing this year made our to-do lists for next year? 😉
Thanks Amy – I am so pleased to have participated and completed the challenge of 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks! I look forward to next year (I think!) – I have some ideas for themes (if you are interested) which I know will help me look more closely at the branches of my tree that have been neglected. I am so grateful for the idea and the motivation – it really helped me to focus on my ancestors’ stories and not just the facts. All the best everyone for 2015!
DAVIDSON, Andrew and EADIE, Catherine – my maternal 4th great-grandparents
52 Ancestors #52! Hooray!
I’d love to hear what themes you’re thinking of! And congrats on making it to #52!
52 Ancestors: #52 Mildred Bianchi (Tombstone Tuesday) by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
I thought I would celebrate the last of my 52 Ancestors posts in 2014 with the only other female veteran of the US Army that I’ve found (the other one being myself). I just discovered this information recently and I am very proud of my 1st cousin 1x removed, Mildred Bianchi.
Amy, thank you so much for this wonderful challenge. Without you, I would never have achieved my goal of one blog post a week in 2014. I plan on accepting your challenge for 2015. Overall, this has been great fun and I’ve discovered many new blogs to read.
Happy New Year, Amy and all my fellow bloggers. Hope you have a glorious 2015.
Thanks for the kind words, Eileen. I’m so glad that you and others found the 52 Ancestors challenge to be worthwhile — and fun! Have a wonderful New Year!
EVERETT, Jack Ross – The man, myth, legend are one and the same
JUVE – Jørgen Gunleksen Juve
Thank you for the inspiration, Amy! After starting the 52 Ancestors challenge, I started writing more about other topics as well, and I now write a blog post almost every day.
That’s great, Beth! Keep up the good work!
I can’t wait to start in 2015…
Thank you +Amy Johnson Crow! It’s been an experience I’ll not soon forget. Here’s mu #52 for Joseph NORMAN, New Years Baby http://rootsbranchesandnuts.blogspot.com/2014/12/new-years-baby-joseph-norman-1955-1987.html
I know I won’t soon forget this experience!
Here is my last post of the challenge! I, too, had to play catch up, but I am glad that I didn’t give up. Having to write out the stories made me more diligent about making sure I had all the facts. It was a year of big surprises, too. The first was that my great-grandmother’s first husband was probably a bigamist; the second was that my grandfather’s grandmother was not his dad’s biological mother; the third is that my maiden name was not Beermann until 1829 – and that is the subject of my final post!
BEERMANN – Johann Christian Beermann – How the Word “Genannt” Shakes up Everything – 52 Ancestors #52 http://wp.me/p4ioO6-8u
I would like to add my name to the list of people offering their thanks, Amy, and I would like to congratulate you and everyone else who completed the challenge! We really have accomplished something, haven’t we?
Thanks, Cheryl. Yes, we have all accomplished something! Whether we did 1 or 52, it was more than what we had when we started
Here is my last post:
Here is also my recap of all the posts I did over the year:
Amy – what an adventure this has been – a wonderful learning experience and it showed where the holes were in my research and what i need to find. I got behind but did manage to catch up and finally completed 52 – thanks for the inspiration.
COXON, HALL, BOLAM, MORRIS, SPAIN, GROUBE, ROBERTS, WRIGHT, MILLS, SHARP, LEA, MOGRIDGE
Wishing you a wonderful 2015!
Epilogue – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Thumbs-up Lists
Well I got one more in before Midnight.
WESTFALL, William a State Represenative in Pennsylvania
I think a lot of us were trying to get in “one more post” before the clock struck midnight
I had to play catch up as well, but I did it! Yay! 11 new posts in December at: http://ourfamilytreetales.blogspot.com/
Happy New Year!
This week, on the topic of Fresh Start, I’m writing about my mama.
Margaret Ellen Wilson – Whence She Came
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Well, after finishing the #52 the previous week, I forgot about copying it here! It’s been a challenging year – all year long!! Thanks Amy.
Reverend Christopher YOUNGS, early immigrant to Southold, L.I., NY.
Margaret Ellen Wilson: Without Her Mother
Made it, just under the wire!
WASHBURN – #52, Nehemiah Washburn, New Year’s Baby
Thanks for the challenge, Amy. Without it, I doubt I would have kept going with my new blog.
MOSES, Kenneth Campbell (1918-1984) – 52 Ancestors # 52
Ulerich, Edward Earl – actually is my husband’s ancestor. http://familyandmemories.blogspot.com/2015/01/timeline-for-edward-earl-ulerich.html
Actually #25. I fell behind as well but like the idea and will continue to post as I work on entries. My son gave me a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com for my birthday and plan to use it as much as I can.
SKJØDT- #39 Kirstine Marie Pedersen Skjødt (1892-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2014/12/52-ancestors-week-39-searching-for-my.html
SKJØDT – #40 Peder Christian Pedersen Skjødt (1894-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-40-searching-for-my.html
SKJØDT – #41 Jens Christian Pedersen Skjødt (1898-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-41-searching-for-my.html
SKJØDT – #42 Niels Pedersen Skjødt (1856-1925) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-42-searching-for-my.html
LASSEN – #43 Anna Nielsen Lassen (1893-1969) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-43-searching-for-my.html
SKJØDT – #44 Ejnar Pedersen Skjødt (1919-1982) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-44-searching-for-my.html
SKJØDT – #45 Alfred Skjødt (1921-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-45-searching-for-my.html
SKJØDT – #46 Emma Nielsine Pedersen Skjødt (1926-2006) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-46-searching-for-my.html
Amy did I miss it or is there a 52 Week 52 Ancestore 2014 clip? I see you added one for 2015, if you have time I’d love to see one to add to our 2014 stories. Thanks for the great year of stories and I hopefully look forward to tackling again.
Week 52: Reflections on my Year 2014 Stories
WEBSTER, Abraham (Abram) Augustine ~ 52 Ancestors: #52 ~ Abraham (Abram) Augustine Webster
OLESDATTER – #47 Mariane Olesdatter (1832-1879) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-47-searching-for-my.html
OLESDATTER – #48 Ane Kjerstine Olesdatter (1817-1876) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-48-searching-for-my.html
OLESDATTER – #49 Mette Kirstine Olesdatter (1824-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-49-searching-for-my.html
** I will finish my last three later today.
Here there are…my final three!
OLESDATTER – #50 Christiane Olesdatter (1828-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-50-searching-for-my.html
OLESDATTER- #51 Johanne Christiane Katrine Olesdatter (1820-1850) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-51-searching-for-my.html
OLESDATTER – #52 Ane Cathrine Olesdatter (1826-?) http://thestoriesfoundamongtheleaves.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-week-52-searching-for-my.html
Thank you so much for this opportunity. I really enjoyed writing the blog each week, even though my schedule changed mid-challenge and I missed many weekly writings. I hope, though my schedule will remain the same, that I will be able to continue the blog this year and look forward to working with the weekly themes.
Thank you again for all of your work on the challenge!
On 6th January 2014 I wrote about the first of my 52 ancestors in 52 weeks and, amazingly, this is ancestor number 52, exactly 52 weeks later. This week I am sharing a couple of censored letters my grandfather, Bill Anderson, sent home during WW2 prior to his death as a POW in 1944, together with a poem his daughter wrote which I find very moving.