52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I started my “Living in the Past” blog on September 5, 2011 with thoughts of posting odds and ends that I found in my genealogy research. I posted fairly regularly at first but over time it dwindled down to next to nothing. In fact, in 2013, I didn’t have a single post. In August 2014, I was almost ready to delete the blog when I discovered Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The challenge peaked my interest so I spent some time thinking about whether I wanted to accept it or not. I don’t consider myself a writer so wasn’t sure how it would go. After a couple of weeks, I decided it would be a worthwhile project to tackle. At the time, my father-in-law was living with us. His health was declining rapidly so we were pretty much homebound with him. The challenge gave me something to do while we sat with him in the evenings. Early on I decided that I would write in a timeline format—beginning with birth and ending with death. For every blogpost, I check to see what information I already have for an ancestor. Then I search www.ancestry.com to see what new information I can find. Along the way, I’ve discovered new information, corrected mistakes previously made in my research, and hopefully not made any new mistakes. It’s a fun project.

Here’s a list of my posts.

2014
1. Charles Homer Murphy
2. James Meriweather Lankford
3. George Durie Athya
4. Alice Beman Lankford
5. Electra Burnette Smith
6. Thomas Terrell Burnette
7. Dessie Church—revisited
8. Leroy Thomas Holland
9. Daniel Jack—a Civil War Veteran
10. Minor Smith Hobbs
11. Benjamin Gordon Smith
12. Andrew Turner Holland
13. Helen Margaret Smith
14. Elijah Jeffers Holland
15. Bertha Edna Smith
16. Caroline B. Hobbs

2015
17. John W. Close Sr.
18. Prince Albert Burnett
19. Drucilla Henson (week 3 - a tough woman)
20. Earl Lloyd Murphy (week 4 - closest to your birthday)
21. Bartow Jones (week 5 - plowing through)
22. Henry Church, Sr. (week 6 - So Far Away)
23. Natalia Alekseevna Beklemisheva (week 7 - Love)
24 Jennie F. Church (week 8)
25. Samuel Pride Burnett (week 9)
26. Cindarilla Darliska Amanda Hall – survivor of historic 1900 Galveston hurricane (week 10)
27. Five generations, twice in one family (week 11)
28. The wedding socks—the start of a new family tradition? (week 12)
29. Eliza Amanda Holland (week 13)
30. Lankford Family Reunions (week 14)
31. Robert Durie Athya Sr. (week 15)
32. Nathan Augustus Hobbs, Sr. (week 16—Live Long): A nonagenarian
33. Samuel Cas Shields (week 17)
34. James Xenophon McIlwain (week 18)
35. Lucinda Murphy (week 19)
36. Daisy Lee Shields (week 20)
37. Roy Holland (week 21)
38. Mary Lou Barnhart (week 22)
39. Coraleta McWhorter (week 23)
40. Anna B. Church (week 24)
41. Julia Lee Lankford (week 25)
42. Amanda Larimer Horne (week 26)
43. Samuel Jackson Holland (week 27)
44. Presley Church (week 28)
45. John William Burnett (week 29)
46. Margaret Athya (week 30)
47. Howard Stanley Smith (week 31)
48. Nellie Holland (week 32)
49. Joseph Dudley Jr. (week 33)
50. Henry Clayborn Jones Sr. (week 34)
51. John Billy Shields (week 35)
52. Jessica Corinne Lankford (week 36)
53. Donald Roy Church (week 37-2015)
54. Clarence Franklin Snipes (week 38 – 2015)
55. Edward Francis Murphy (week 39 – 2015)
56. William Charles Holland (week 40 – 2015)
57. Minor Lankford Braden (week 41 – 2015)
58. Virginia Kimmel Johnston (week 42 – 2015)
59. Otis Elmore Lankford (week 43 – 2015)
60. Elizabeth Jones (week 44 – 2015)
61. Hidden Family Treasure (week 45 – 2015)
62. Walter Thomas McEver (week 46 – 2015)
63. Willie Marion George (week 47 – 2015) 
64. Josephine B. Horne (week 48 – 2015)
65. James Close (week 49 – 2015)
66. Chris' Christmas stocking – a family heirloom (week 50 – 2015)
67. Max B. King Jr. (week 51 – 2015)
68. A special Christmas ornament (week 52 – 2015)

2016
69. Samuel C. Murphy (no. 69-2016)
70. William Dearnald Rhinehart (70-2016)
71. Sarah Malonia Rhinehart (71-2016) 
72. Julia Virginia Burnette (72-2016)
73. James C. Lankford (73-2016)
74. John Thompson Athya (74-2016)
75. Maudie Burnette (75-2016)
76. Erastus C. Smith (76-2016)
77. A family heirloom—a special baby quilt (77-2016)
78. Reuben Hobbs (78-2016)
79. Paul Augustus Hobbs (79-2016)
80. John Thompson Smith (80-2016)
81. NINE ZERO—celebrating a milestone year (81-2016)
82. Cornelia Jane Dove (82-2016)
83. Ina Close – (83-2016)
84. Another possible photo of Henry Clayborn Jones Sr. (84-2016) 
85. Scion Jones (85-2016)
86. News Articles from 1893 and 1900 Corroborate 1964 Aaron Hall Holland Letter (86-2016) 
87. Samantha Jane Holland (87-2016)
88. Myrtle Mary Stewart (88-2016)
89. William Henry Church (89-2016) 
90. Connections to Apollo’s history (90-2016)
91. Tabitha M. Murphy (91-2016) 
92. Millicent Virginia Overton (92-2016)
93. Mary Ann Wilson (93-2016)
94. George Nelson Smith (94-2016)
95. Lawrence Lafayette Holland (95-2016)
96. Samuel William Holland Jr. (96-2016) 
97 Blaine Arthur Shields (97-2016)
98. Carroll Harvey Lankford Sr. (98-2016)
99. William H. Murphy (99-2016)
100. William Ellis Burnett (100-2016)
101. Florrie Lankford (101-2016)
102. Aaron Hall Holland (102-2016)
103. William Harrison Holland (103-2016)
104. Henry T. Burnette (104-2016)
105. Mary Daisy Davison (105-2016)
106. George Alexander Merritt Sr. (106-2016)
107. Mary Opal Stone

2017
108. George Richard Horne, Sr.
109. Robert T. Hobbs
110. Willie Lloyd Burnette
111. Keziah Chambers Horne
112. William Elmer Shields
113. Emma S. Lankford
114. The secret is out and just who was Vernell
115. Hayden Edgar George
116. Julia Saphronia Overton
117. Robert Dawson Callaway
118. Vincent Thomas Langford Sr.
119. Wesley Buford Palmer
120. Ethel Odell Jones
121. James Benton Church
122. Wedding memories
123. Eulilla May Callaway
124. Margaret Shaw
125. My AncestryDNA test didn't disappoint
126. Baby Girl Lankford
127. Ollie Von Brooks
128. Harry Thomas Shepler
129. Noel Willis Grant
130. Memorial Funeral Service for George D. Athya
131. Zania Vernell Tarkenton
132. Grady Ernest Arthur
133. Eliza A. Holland
134. Florence G. Smith
135. Sarah Elizabeth Davison

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