52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

On 3 January 2014 Amy Crow (@amycrow), author of the blog No Story Too Small issued a challenge to the family history and genealogy blogosphere: "have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem -- anything that focuses on one ancestor."


I decided to accept the challenge.

In late 2015 Amy announced the discontinuation of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. I published two books of my posts:


2015

This year Amy is providing optional themes each week. I am determined to follow them.
  1. Fresh Start: And They Called It Ireland -- Peter Charles Dagutis
  2. King: Fleeing a Tsar -- William Schalin
  3. Tough Woman: Tough Life, Tough Lady -- Lela Ann (Harbert) Amsberry
  4. Closest to Your Birthday: Man Crazy -- Theodora (Morack) Knapp VanDusen Barr
  5. Plowing Through: Plowing Through (Literally!) -- Homer Bradley Bailey*
  6. So Far Away: Flung to the Far Corners of the World -- Albert Wolfe Brisk
  7. Love: What Went Wrong? -- Hazel Elizabeth (Wendell) Criger Reed
  8. Good Deeds: Apostle of Kentucky -- Rev. David Rice
  9. Close to Home: Grandma's Genealogy Notebook -- Alice (Muir) Jennings
  10. Stormy Weather: Last of the Covered Wagon: Duck and Cover -- Clarence Mern Beard
  11. Luck of the Irish: Indentured Servant to Landed Gentry -- Teague Riggin
  12. Same: Genealogist and Inspirational Author -- Jessie Beard
  13. Different: From Tragedy to Tragedy -- Elizabeth Muir (Brodie) Lively
  14. Favorite Photo: Photographs of My Great Great Grandmother -- Clementine (Wells) Riggin Collins
  15. How Do You Spell That?: A Farmer's Wife -- Alfaretta Pocahontas (Bradley) Ramey
  16. Live Long: 106th Birthday "Girls" -- Minnie Hazel (Gordon) Greenlee, Ruth Marion (Schultz) Falkenberg, and Susana Bertha Amelia (Talmon) Amsberry
  17. Prosper: First Owners of Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro -- Don Luis Peralta
  18. Where There's a Will: Professor Frederick Speece's Will -- Frederick Conrad Speece
  19. There's a Way: 1949 Road Trip -- Gustav Lange, Wilhelmina (Schalin) Lange, Dorothy Ailein (Lange) Jennings
  20. Black Sheep: The Moonshiner -- Lacy F. Hathcock
  21. Military: Died at Elmira POW Camp -- Peterson Stanfield Key
  22. Commencement: Three Generations of "Coasties" -- Herbert Paul Lange
  23. Wedding: My Wedding -- Schalene (Jennings) Dagutis
  24. Heirloom: Memories are My Favorite Heirlooms -- Charles Theodore Jennings and Dorothy Ailein (Lange) Jennings
  25. The Old Homestead: Working Land Patents and Plat Maps -- Herbert Bartist and Jane (Muir) Beck
  26. Halfway: Writing a Family History -- Robert and Henrietta (Brown) Muir
  27. Independent: Kidnapped by Indians -- Sarah Shipley (Mitchell) Thompson
  28. Road Trip: Last of the Covered Wagons: The Black Canyon Rim -- Clarence Mern Beard
  29. Musical: Grandpa's Bands -- Gustav Lange
  30. Challenging: Proving James Harvey Beard's Father -- James Harvey Beard
  31. Easy: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy -- William Raiford Tucker
  32. 32: The Great Great Greats -- about my known 3X Great Grandparents
  33. Defective, Dependent & Delinquent: Blind Since Birth -- Abner Beard
  34. Non-Population: John Wesley Riggin's Farm -- John Wesley Riggin
  35. School Days: Yearbooks for Personality -- Various ancestors
  36. Working for a Living: Occupations in a Coal Mine -- All my coal mining ancestors
  37. Large Family: Three Brothers Married Three Sisters -- Leroy P Jennings, John Arias Jennings, William T. Jennings
  38. Favorite Place: Describing War -- John Edward Jennings
  39. Unusual:  For the Love of the Game -- Lester Evans Willis
  40. October Birthday or Anniversary: Gone to Texas -- Leroy P Jennings (1841-1919)
  41. Colorful:  Did an Affair Lead to Murder? -- Virginia Lee (Foster) Vaden (1901-unknown)
  42. Proud: Mayor of Downey, California -- Richard Marchand Jennings, Sr.
  43. Oops: The Wife Confusion -- Walter Richard Jennings (1873-1919)  and Laura Bessie (Ogden) Jennings (c1877-between 1907 and 1910)
  44. Frightening: New Nipper Killed in the Mine -- Ethel Marie (Hakert) Austin Taylor Key (1916-1988)
  45. Pick Your Own: First KIA of the Civil War -- John Quincy Marr
  46.  Changes: Discovering My Local Family History Center -- Powhatan Perrow Jennings
  47. Sporting: Congratulations New Zealand!  -- William Archibald Strang
  48. Thankful: Almost All Together for Thanksgiving -- My family
  49. Holidays: Holiday Memories -- Schalene (Jennings) Dagutis
  50. Naughty: How Many Betties Does One Man Need? -- Benjamin Leonard Jennings
  51. Nice: Mom's Spritz Cookies -- Dorothy Ailein (Lange) Jennings 
  52. Resolution: Genealogy Resolutions -- Schalene (Jennings) Dagutis

 2014

  1. Nathaniel Tucker, Poet -- Nathaniel Tucker
  2. Verses at the Drop of a Hat -- Edith Mary Madeline (Ternes) Reynolds
  3. The "Tucker Maneuver" -- Robert Dennard Tucker
  4. Was Grandma's Grandma a Hussy? -- Margaret (Semple) Muir
  5. My Grandfather and the Orphanage -- Marvin Edward Jennings, Sr.*
  6. The Humorous William Bull -- William Bull
  7. A Lover, Not a Fighter -- Charles Edward Jennings
  8. Immigration Redux -- Robert Orr Muir Airlie
  9. Riddell Conundrum -- Robert Riddell or Oswald Dykes Riddell
  10. She Seemed Rather Extravagant and Fantastic -- Martha Lizola (Mills) Bellows Stevenson Bates
  11. A Tale of Murder -- Andrew Vernon Connett*
  12. Historic WWII Assault Rhine Crossing -- Peter Charles Dagutis
  13. How Much Tragedy Can a Woman Endure? -- Lefa Marie (Amsberry) Connett Zeller Hall
  14. I'm Sorry Great Great Grandma! -- Margaret (Semple) Muir
  15. Secret Wife of John Wilkes Booth? -- Martha Lizola (Mills) Bellows Stevenson
  16. A Wanderer Returns -- John Andrew Riggin
  17. The Mysterious "Alice B" Revealed -- Alice Barbara (Hatherly) Riggin*
  18. Biking Across Western Canada in 1930 -- William Warm
  19. Celebrating Mother's Day -- Dorothy Ailein (Lange) Jennings
  20. Streatorland -- Alexander Muir
  21. Wonder Woman -- Wilhelmina (Schalin) Lange
  22. George Washington Spoke to Him -- Samuel Beard
  23. Margaret McGhee and the Saunton Lunatic Asylum -- Margaret (Rice) McGhee
  24. A Tribute to my Father -- Charles Theodore Jennings
  25. Marriage Happy! -- Elizabeth (Morack) Semple Robertson Furlong Vann Pierce...and counting?*
  26. "Not Likely to Become an Efficient Soldier" -- James Muir
  27. Revolutionary War Soldier -- Benjamin Jennings
  28. Henry Tucker and the Georgia Secession Convention -- Henry Crawford Tucker, Jr.
  29. He Died on a Flanders Field -- Oswald Dykes Riddell Dick
  30. Disabled in World War I -- James Whyte
  31. A Savior of the USS Indianapolis Survivors -- William Graham Claytor, Jr.
  32. The Too Brief Life of Ida Mae (Riggin) Muir -- Ida Mae (Riggin) Muir
  33. An Early Feminist of the Best Kind -- May Hairston
  34. James Muir, Scoundrel -- James Muir
  35. Crossing the Line Ceremony -- Albert Paul Dagutis
  36. A Soldier Boy's Creed (Updated) -- Julius Franklin Collins
  37. Life Aboard the Alcor and Harry Lee -- Albert Paul Dagutis
  38. Uncle Joe Was Married Before! -- Joseph Genevich
  39. 1946 Pittsburgh Steelers -- Earl Loren Klapstein
  40. Sinking of the HMS Otranto -- Charles S Railey
  41. The Mother Nobody Knew -- Effie Davis (Beard) Jennings
  42. Doctor or Gold Digger? -- William Reid Rice
  43. Questions, Questions, Questions -- Robert Muir
  44. Second Bloodiest Day of the Civil War -- William Stephen Shepherd
  45. Veteran of the Spanish-American War -- Edmund Lenwood Womack
  46. Lost an Election to Abraham Lincoln -- Harry Riggin
  47. Killed During the Spring Offensive -- William Lively
  48. He Died a Long Way from Home -- Joseph Barr
  49. Killed in Vietnam -- James Lawrence Taylor
  50. Absent without Leave -- John McDermott
  51. The Irish Wife -- Kathleen (O'Gorman) Jennings
  52. Tuberculosis: Greatest Killer in History
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