52 Ancestors 2018

This page compiles my blog posts for the Amy Johnson Crow project 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks for 2018. I borrowed this table idea from fellow blogger Leanne Cooper. I have other genealogy-related posts that are not listed here, so be sure to check out the categories at the bottom of any page for other articles that may interest you!

*H=Halse, G=Gusso, S=Smith, D=Davis

Week Prompt/Theme Blog post

Feature person


H, G, S, D*

Relationship to me
1 Start Disputing the “Facts”

Elias Davidson Pierce

D Husband of 1st cousin 4x removed
2 Favorite Photo Finding Family Treasure

Clara Ransom Davis

D Great- grandmother
3 Longevity Longevity In My Genes

Nancy Ary Self

H 4th great grandmother
4 Invitation to Dinner Invitation to Heidelsheim

Charles Springer

G 3rd great grandfather
5 Census A Case of Mistaken Identity

Ellis/Allison Rackleff

D 3rd cousins 1x removed
6 Favorite Name What’s In A Name

William Savery Bedford

D 4th great uncle
7 Valentine Letting Love Go

Clara Pear Ransom Davis

D Great Grandmother
8 Heirloom Down the Rabbit Hole


S Mother
9 Where There’s a Will Probate Gold Mine

Asa Harvey Hunt

Not related
10 Strong Woman A Resilient Woman

Abigail Bedford Jenkins

D 3rd great grandmother
11 Luck Research Miracles

Robert Ransom

D 2nd great grandfather
12 Misfortune How It All Went Wrong

Emma Jenkins Ransom

D 2nd great grandmother
13 The Old Homestead Four Generations of Halse Homesteads

Robert Halse and descendants

H 3rd great grandfather
14 Maiden Aunt Unmarried, Childless, and Long-lived

Catharine “Kate” Rowley

H  4th great-aunt
15 Taxes  Pay Your Taxes!

Elias D. Pierce

D Husband of 1st cousin 4x removed
16 Storms Stella Braves the Storm

Stella Crandall Gusso

G Great-grandmother
17 Cemetery Dexter Cemetery H, G  n/a
18  Close Up  Reatha Gusso, 1932

Reatha Mary Gusso Halse

 H, G  Grandmother
19  Mother’s Day  A Beloved Mother Passes Too Soon

Mary Lila Reams

 S  Great-grandmother
20  Another Language  A Cold Day In Milwaukee

Charles J. Gusso/Carl and Dorethea Gasow

 G  2nd great-grandfather, 3rd great-grandparents
21  Military  He Dreamed of Being a Marine

Nathan Everett Halse

 H  Uncle
22  So Far Away  The Agony of Not Knowing

Ann W. Zane & Henry Z. Jenkins

 D  3rd and 4th great-grandparents
23  Going to the Chapel  Celestial Blackmail?

Clara and Clare Davis

 D  great-grandmother and grandmother
24  Father’s Day Stepping Up To Fatherhood

Thomas Alexander Reams

 S  great-great-grandfather
25  Same Name  Is He or Isn’t He?

Moses Orme

 S  5th great-grandfather
26  Black Sheep  A Lovable Louse

William Clark Ransom

 D  2nd great-grand-uncle
27 Independence Where It Ends: Independence

Robert Ransom

D 2nd great-grandfather
28 Travel Our Trip to Oregon

Reatha Gusso/Everett Halse

G, H Grandparents
29 Music Let’s Dance

Walter Gusso, Clifford Smith

G, S Great-grandfather


30 Colorful Fabric of Our Lives

My immediate family

31 Oldest Murder in New Netherland

Richard Maxson

G 10th great-grandfather
32 Youngest Youngest Son Goes to Sea

Robert H. Halse

H 3rd great-grandfather
33 Family Legend Famous Family

Zane Grey and Betty Zane

D Distant cousins
34 Non-Population The Ag Schedule Mysteries

Henry Jenkins, James Ransom

D 3rd great-grandfathers
35 Back to School The Schoolma’am

Clara Pearl Ransom

D Great-grandmother
36 Work The Halse Work Ethic

Everett Halse & Reatha Gusso

H, G Grandparents
37 Closest to your birthday Tale of Two Adas

Ada Bodtker and Ada Coffey

H, G 1st cousin 3x removed, 2nd cousin 2x removed
38 Unusual Source The 15-lb Nugget

Elias D. Pierce

D Husband of 1st cousin 4x removed
39 On the Farm I Remember the Farm

Clare Ransom Davis

D Grandmother
40 Ten A Family Legacy

Sarah Rebecca Livengood

D 2nd great-grandmother
41 Sports Play Ball! (or Not)

Reatha Gusso, Everett Halse

G, H Grandparents
42 Conflict Meanwhile, On the Homefront

Robert Ransom

D 2nd great-grandfather
43 Cause of Death Like Father, Like Son

Charles J. Gusso

G 2nd great-grandfather
44 Frightening Hallowe’en

Laurence M. Smith

S Grandfather
45 Bearded Slave-owner to Socialist

Melville Cox Davis

D 2nd great-grandfather
46 Random Fact A Sad Situation

Benjamin H. Jones

D 1st cousin 4x removed
47 Thankful Genea-liday all
48 Next to Last No Pocahontas

John Smith

S 3rd great-grandfather
49 Winter Horse Power S, H Various
50 Naughty A Secret Mission

Laurence M. Smith

S Grandfather
51 Nice Phrenologically Kind

William Walter Painter

H 3rd great-grandfather
52 Resolution A Photographic Mystery 

Henry Z. Jenkins

D 3rd great-grandfathe

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