52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 45 results

Rev. Rowland Jones of Williamsburg, VA

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week six is “so far away".  “So far away” conjures many things … the first thing I recalled was a favorite movie with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Remembering how they arrived in America made me wonder about my own ...

Plowing Through Life

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week five is “plowing through".  My 3rd great grandmother, Veronique Voirol, was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 18, 1829. She is my favorite family history brick wall to research … and share. I love sharing every tidbit ...

Charley Jones, Born October 15th

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week four is "closest to your birthday."   Discovering an ancestor who has a birthday close to mine usually causes me to think a bit more about how life would have been for that person. I'm not really sure why, but it becomes ...

Dora Dietz was one tough cookie!

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It's quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week.   The theme for 52 Ancestors for week 3 is “strong women”. It's hard for me to pick just one woman in my family … there are many who survived unfathomable experiences. There are women who trekked half-way around the world to ...

The Great Warrior King of Scotland

The week 2 theme for 52 Ancestors is "King". Gosh ... my mind goes directly to royalty! Imagine that! It's wild to imagine that a family that landed in America before it even was, then migrated from the Carolinas through Tennessee and up to Illinois would be descendant from any King, let alone Robert the Bruce, but mine is. Full disclosure ... I can't prove it beyond a doubt. I can only take the word of researchers before me and trust the DNA test that linked my Grandpa to relatives who ...

Fresh Start for a New Year

Yikes! I just noticed the new 52 Ancestors challenge that Amy Johnson Crow gave us on her blog No Story Too Small ... and I'm behind already! I love how she has added weekly themes. Week 1 was a fresh start ... and that's where I'm starting even though I'm a teeny bit late.  I have to admit, I ran out of steam in 2014 ... partly because my fall semester at school became it's own little monster ... partly because I felt like I didn't have enough to write about some of my older ...

52 Ancestors #31: Dorothy Orr

It always seems odd to refer to grandparents as ancestors. I suppose that’s because I've been raised around them or grown to know them well in my adulthood. They’re people who have helped me become who I am in ways that “dead people” ancestors haven’t. Alas, grandparents are ancestors, so this week I’m writing about MPG’s Gram, Dorothy Orr. The last time I was at my mother-in-law’s house, she handed me Gram’s “The Good Housekeeping Cook Book” to add to my collection. ...

52 Ancestors #30: From Germany to Mud Creek, Illinois

As I continue to answer the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge set forth by Amy Johnson Crow over at “No Story Too Small”, I find myself doing more and more research on ancestors I know very little about. I’m determined to make it to number 52, but I think it’s going to take longer than 52 weeks! *** I’ve been working on my Grandma Raines’ line these last few weeks. Earlier this week, I made a bit of a breakthrough and traced Grandma’s own great grandmother’s (Louisa ...