52 Ancestors Week 52: You

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Time for the last 52 Ancestors challenge!

Please 52 Ancestors and 52 Photos sharing challenge badgesshare with us a profile of an ancestor or relative who matches this week's theme:


From Amy Johnson Crow:

Coming soon!

Share below!

Participants who share every week can earn badges. If this is your first time participating and you don't have the participation badge, or if you pass a milestone (13 in 13, 26 in 26, 52 in 52) let us know hereClick here for more about the challenge. 

in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Congrats to all of our 52 for 52 participants!  Don't forget to post that you made it here:

Eowyn, thanks for posting our starting point every week

SJ, you've been a great cheering squad. Thank you also.
Are we gonna keep going in 2020?

33 Answers

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I can't believe that this is week 52 and I completed the challenge!  Thanks to all who organized this years challenge.  I enjoyed participating.  Caryl

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
Amazing profile!
Congratulations cousin!  Way to go!
Congratulation great photo Caryl thank You for sharing
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This is me with my youngest granddaughter and my sister-in-law on the right. She lost her husband this year, Roi Nelson, my husband’s brother. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nelson-13370 We wish each of you a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you on WiKiTree. 

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (137k points)
You're so beautiful Alexis and your family too!  You have been one of my favorite reads in these challenges this year!
Thank you SJ for your nice complement.This year with the 52 Photos and Ancestors has been a very good experience. It has made me really look at my ancestors in a way I never had before. Your insightful comments, especially about my father, have shown me that you are wise beyond your years.
Alexis what a beautiful photo of you and your family,sorry for your sister inlaw lost her husband, that is so sad
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I just link to my MeetOurMembers-interview from the beginning of this year, as I don't know how to make the pic of me visible here. 

Have a Merry Christmas all around! 

And: YAY I made it. I didn't believe I will make it through this challenge. 

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (343k points)
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Awesome, the wonderful assortment of stories and approaches to the weekly questions has kept me smiling. Judith

I can't believe I did it all. 

by Judith Chidlow G2G6 Mach 3 (39k points)
Congrats Judith!
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you = the second person

U = a letter of the alphabet

ewe = a female sheep

What else to say but thank YOU ALL for being here!
by C Ryder G2G6 Mach 5 (56.2k points)

And thank you, C.  You gave me a smile!

LOLs!  thanks to you too!
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This has been quite a year for me starting with a major move and ending with peace and tranquility in our new home.  I've made new friends in both my communities -- physical and WikiTree.  I've learned a lot about genealogy and collaboration as well as adjusting to a completely different climate -- 70 inches of rain compared to 7 inches for starters.  And I actually completed 52 in 52 in both the Ancestor and Photo challenges.  Looking forward to the future...  Also I want to thank all of you for your friendship and help along the way.
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (599k points)
Congrats Robin!  It has been fun participating with you.  Don't forget to post for your badge (see above)!
Thanks, SJ, for the reminder.
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I am very thankful to be a parto of this community at WikiTree and to be a participant in this 52 week challenge.  I had serious doubts that I would be able to keep up but I did it.  So proud of all that stuck with it whether for 52, 26, 13, or just a few weeks!

Enjoying some caramel popcorn, cider, Christmas tunes, and WikiTree!  Kids are tucked into bed, the lights blinking on the tree and ballcony.  What a way to end the challenge!

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (766k points)
SJ, Best Wishes for you and your lovely wife and children for a wonderful Christmas!
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by Azure Robinson G2G6 Mach 9 (93.6k points)
Congratulations, Azure.
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I started this challenge mid-year so I still have a row or two to hoe! What I will say though, that I thoroughly enjoyed everyone's sharing! I am working my way backward through my relatives’ profiles, family group a time, and improving each person as I go! Maybe next year I will get to some ancestors added by others and work on those messy GEDcom ones!!  Here's a sample of one of my improved ones!  Nathaniel Rogers The hardest part is, as I go, my skills get better and the first ones done don’t look so wonderful anymore! :)

by Lyn Sara Gulbransen G2G6 Mach 2 (21.6k points)
edited by Lyn Sara Gulbransen
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I have enjoyed this forum each week since I started in May.  For me, it is both a genealogical and writing project, as I try to highlight an ancestor or a genealogy challenge.  I think it is good discipline.  I also enjoy reading the other responses.  I hope to continue doing so next year, and to continue learning more about my own ancestry, and hopefully assisting others in doing the same.  Wikitree is an incredible resource with some very talented people who dedicate themselves to improving our one world tree.  Thanks to everyone for their contributions!
by Carolyn Adams G2G6 Mach 2 (26.9k points)
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I still can't believe what a wonderful and exciting year, 2019,  has been for me on WikiTree, finding my way around, learning so much, finding out so much about my family tree and every wonderful WikiTree member who has been on this journey with me, teaching me, guiding me and learning with me. Thank You to all of You awesome people for being here with me.
by David Urquhart G2G6 Pilot (129k points)
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My interest in genealogy has gone far beyond answering the question "who do you think you are?" 

While I have made good progress researching most of my lines, I spend more time researching people who are not my blood relations, whether it is a name study, place study or researching the people buried in a cemetery.

I just get a kick out of the research process, improving previous research and connecting families together, and also learning about different places and social history.

I do still make occasional breakthroughs in my own family and recently I was able to take one line back a couple of generations using Hertfordshire parish records on Findmypast. I researched the descendants of this line and one person who I found was my second cousin four times removed Sarah Youren who was born in Cornwall, married and emigrated to Australia (following in the footsteps of several of her uncles' families) but returned to England after her husband died.

by Ray Hawkes G2G6 Mach 3 (38.7k points)
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Well, since I actually followed through and posted every week for this challenge, I guess I deserve to be the 52nd 'ancestor' of the week.  smiley  I'm looking forward to trying to see if a DNA-shaped sledgehammer can break some of my brick walls in the coming year.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 9 (92k points)
Congratulations on making all 52 K. anonymous.
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52 Ancestors, 52 Different Surnames--

"You!" "Who, Me?"

I was going to highlight Jacob Fuchs https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Fuchs-1072

with the last and foxiest surname of them all.  But then I'm pretty foxy myself. End of strained attempt to tie the last surname to the question.

Wikitree has forced me to pursue surnames I'm NOT related to, and that's a good thing.  I enjoy making connections for others.

I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two fine grown children who live with us.  I have stories and photos and files galore to share in the coming year.  If the challenge continues I will take a whole new direction!
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)
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Me? Completed the last 26 weeks of 2019 on the Ancestor challenge. Did my first clean-a-thon and source-a-thon this year. Completed the Orphan Trail and dig working with the Sandringham Strollers. Completed a Boston University genealogical principles course and am enrolled in our local genealogical society's DNA course. Spent time at the NEHGS with a genealogist seeking sourcing on problem ancestors. Added Notables and Veterans.

I'll start my year with my first scan-a-thon and attend a DNA training with Blaine Bettinger...and, of course, bio and source!

Wiki New Year!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (161k points)
edited by Carol Baldwin
You've been busy!!!!! :)
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YOU: You are all an amazing bunch of people. Congrats to everyone that participated especially to those who managed to in all 52 weeks.

Me: I made it too. Yea!

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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I made it!!  52 for 52 ... I am an old and unemployed guy (retired about 24 years ago) ... so likely I have too much time on my hands??   likely the reason I made the 52 weeks!

The challenge was fun ... it also provided a lot of interesting facts or stories about others ... and gave me something to look forward to each week.

Thanks for offering this challenge.

Here I am ... this was 24 years ago at my retirement party ... wish I looked that young again ... guess it is all relative??

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 5 (51.6k points)
Bill, did you post a picture of yourself?  If you did, I can't see it.

It is a nice photo of you, Bill, but rather small as it is privacy protected.

Cheryl, here's the link to the thumbnail:


I don't really intend to have any privacy issues ... seems that the main goal of a collaboration tree with one person one time is to share all ...

Can someone explain how do I get rid of the privacy issue?
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52 Ancestors Week 52: You

2019 was an amazing year for me on WikiTree. I joined the Greeter's Group - what an amazing gang. The Integrators, Cemetery Project, Angels, and I am working hard in all of them. Although it seems like I spend the most time with the Greeters. I am expanding our One Family Tree every day, so if you see me making changes on one of your family members, it could be because I am also a member of the Data Doctor's project.

I joined WikiTree in May of 2018, and have only missed a handful of days from working on WikiTree. My proudest moment was the day I became an astronaut.

The best gift I have received from WikiTree is all of the wonderful friends I have met. I am amazed at how close you can become to people you haven't seen, but they soon become a part of your family. For that I am truly blessed.

I love this challenge and it is the second year in a row that I have completed it.

Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy New Year! May God bless you and keep you safe over the holidays.

Cheryl . . . heart

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
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I can't believe we've made it to the end! It feels like only yesterday I would spend hours figuring out whether I was posting to the ancestors thread or the photos thread...

In all seriousness, this past year on WikiTree has been a whirlwind for me. I was given the incredible opportunity to write the biography of Henry VIII for WikiTree's booth at Rootstech in February, I cracked some brick walls and further developed my family lines, worked hard to create decent biographies, started working on my place study for Lydney, Gloucestershire, and I was honoured to contribute to the growth and development of the England and European Aristocrats projects as a leader as well as the improvement of Vermont's presence on WikiTree under the United States project.

I took a DNA test, and connected with a cousin in the United States whom I never knew existed, I attended a family reunion, and I tracked down the immigration of a couple more of my ancestors from the British Isles to New Zealand (and I've been recording them on my profile).

This year has truly been spectacular, and I cannot wait to experience the next one!

by Amy Utting G2G6 Pilot (164k points)
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My great-grandfather moved from Pennsylvania to Florida, family lore is that he didn’t like the cold. Anyway, to keep connections with his siblings and cousins up in Pennsylvania he would make occasional trips back up to Pennsylvania, which in time morphed into an annual family reunion. 114 years latter, it is still being held every year. It looked like it would end a couple of years ago, but someone in the extended (very extended by this point) family decided to keep it going. Looking forward to 115 next year.
by Richard Rosenberger G2G6 (6.5k points)

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