Friday, January 10, 2014

Further Explanation - No Worries!

I've answered a few questions in emails, so I thought that I should address the general subjects here as well, in case anyone else  has been curious too.

The first is in regard to the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge I'm participating in. The "premise of the challenge is to write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor. The next week, write about a different ancestor."
  I see it as a way to give you all something to look forward to each week. I will try to make most of them like my previous Ancestor Highlights, as complete as currently possible, but depending on whatever else is going on in my life there will likely be times that I will take advantage of the flexibility of the challenge, and do a shorter story about a person.

For those concerned that I intend to move on to research my father's side of the family before telling all the stories for all the people I've found on Mom's side of the family, just because I'm moving on to the other side doesn't mean I'll stop dipping into Mom's side for stories for the blog -- particularly when I don't have time enough to complete enough research on a Henn side person to do a decent story that week! I'll be popping back to Mom's side for stories off and on through out the year, likely.

For those concerned that I'm going to run out of people to tell stories about, as of today reports that I have 572 people in the tree. They are not all sufficiently developed right at the moment to write a story about, true; but, even without writing about living people, I have material to fill this blog for a decade! Moreover, the tree is going to keep growing! And the stories should only get better as I uncover more information throughout the years. I may even be able to discover more stories simply by blogging about the ones I do have.

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small posted a blog recap post covering all the blogs participating in the challenge by the name of the Ancestor they wrote about and giving links to all so that we could read each other's work (she intends to do this each Wednesday). Amy Johnson Crow reports that within hours of the publication of the 1st recap post, two participants in the challenge discovered a connection with each other, and another's post netted him a new 8th cousin, and Crow herself made two connections, helping her smash through a long time brick wall (dead end) in her research! Exciting stuff! Perhaps I will find new connections (with pictures and/or new information in the course of this challenge, too!   


  1. Good luck with the challenge! Here's to you finding new connections, and maybe even a picture or two (or more!).

    1. Thank you for that! I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. Somehow I didn't see the comment before. Pictures would be great. My family doesn't have many pictures of prior generations.


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