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Week 2 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

52ancestorsIf you thought there were a lot of great blogs to read from the first week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, wait until you see Week 2! Even more bloggers took the challenge – this week, there were a whopping 194 posts!

It would be impossible for me to recap all of the articles that I enjoyed this week. Here are a few that stood out to me for various reasons:

  • Nancy Hurley, author of “Indiana Ties,” put city directories to good use in researching her great-grandfather Charles H. Albers, 1865-1915. Nancy found him in Indianapolis city directories beginning from the time he was a single man, newly-arrived from Germany, living as a boarder in different houses. She followed him through his marriage, through the time they moved to a house of their own — the house that Charles eventually died in. (If you haven’t looked at city directories for your ancestors, you really should put it on your to-do list.)
  • Karen Batchelor of “Extreme Genealogy” combined oral history, vital records, census records, and a report from the New England Journal of Medicine to tell us about her great-aunt Frances Elizabeth Weaver. In “Someone No One Remembers Anymore,” Karen tells how Frances died and how her death fit the norm of that era. It’s not only a moving tribute, but also a look at how non-traditional sources can help tell the story.
  • Linda at “Passage to the Past” tells a neat story about her “first best friend,” her grandfather Dr. Charles G. Hall. Not only are the stories wonderful, but it is fantastic example of others sharing what they have. As Linda puts it, it’s not stranger danger; it’s “Stranger Exchanger!”

You can find links to all 194 articles from Week 2 on my blog No Story Too Small. Want to take the challenge? It’s not too late. You can find information about that here.

 

About Amy Johnson Crow
Amy Johnson Crow is a Community Manager for Ancestry.com. She's a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and No Story Too Small.

4 comments

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1 Karen BatchelorJanuary 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Amy –

Thanks for the shout-out and feedback on my story of Great Aunt Frances. Before your blog challenge, she was just a few photos in an album. You inspired me to discover more about her sadly short life. Love 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks!

2 Amy Johnson CrowJanuary 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Karen, but you are the one to be commended. Your post was both beautiful and instructional — not an easy thing to do!

3 Janna felixJanuary 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

My blog with week one and two.
http://treedetective.weebly.com/blog.html

4 laVerne suttonJanuary 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I would like to find out more about my dad Johnnie Lee Boddie who was born August 31, 1925 born in Edgecomb NC , who married my mother Mary LeJune Anderson, who was born in Washington DC. all I know about my mom is that her Birthday is April 6 i don’t know the year. my dad died of a seziure in 1985. I don’t know if he was in New York, or his hometown. Edgecomb NC.
Thank You so much for your help.

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