Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Who Is Your Current Favorite Ancestor to Research and Why

   It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1) Who is your current favorite ancestor to research and why? [Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting topics!]

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note.

Here's mine:

I have so many ancestors and it is hard to pick!  I will us my 52 Ancestors theme as a guide.

This week, my favorite ancestor is my 7th great-grandmother #711 (lucky, eh?) Hannah Mott (1663-1730), the second wife of Abraham Tucker (1653-1725) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

For my 52 Ancestors posts, I use the book and periodical family history information I have, and then try to find as many records for the person and the family as possible on Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast, American Ancestors, WikiTree and Geni.  In addition, I usually Google the person's name and parents or spouse.  When I find records, I download them and put them in the surname/family file on my computer.

Once I've collected all of the records I can find, I update the person's profile in my RootsMagic family tree, adding events, dates, places, source citations and notes.  

To write the weekly blog post, I create an Individual Summary report in RootsMagic, save it as a text file, and copy/paste the information into the template for the 52 Ancestors series (usually I copy the last one, and edit it).  

After writing the blog post, I try to update the profiles in my Ancestry tree, the FamilySearch Family Tree, and sometimes on WikiTree and Geni.  

This process usually takes 4 to 8 hours each week, so it is manageable and not onerous, and leaves me time for other genealogy related activities.

Here's the last 52 Ancestors blog post I did for #710 Abraham Tucker --

The Hannah Mott profile will be #441 in the 52 Ancestors series.  I started this series in early 2014 using my Ahnentafel as a guide from great-grandparents on down the list.  I have missed a few weeks due to attending conferences and my recent health problems, but I'm back on track and working through the 7th great-grandparents.  My list of past 52 Ancestors blog posts is in  I need to add the posts from the last two months.  

Why?  Because I want to do this in an organized and consistent fashion and leave it online and in family trees so it benefits my family and other researchers.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I didn't think I had an ancestor with an ahnentafel number that high, but I do! Actually no. 1 are my daughters. My highest number is 998. Lots of numbers missing though! I enjoyed reading how you do your 52 Ancestor posts. If only I had done that since 2014!

My current favorite ancestor to research is my great-grandfather's brother, Albert M. Hork, who was a Roman Catholic priest serving in Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oregon.

ByAPearl said...

Well I don't have many direct line ancestors (33 is my highest ahnentafel number), so choosing a fav was fairly easy. Here is my post:

Tricia said...

My great-great grandma, Polly Salyer Watkins, is my current favorite. She had a hard life as a pioneer in Breathitt County, KY. But her daughter, Emiline, would have a tremendous impact on my life even though I only knew for a short while. She was a hard worker and gave that value to her children and in turn to her grandchildren.

Currently the Eastern Kentucky is flooding. Please help with clean supplies if you can. :-(

Here's her story:
Lost Daughter of an Entertaining KY Politician