How I write my 52 Ancestors posts in 4 easy lessons (1)

Schalene Jennings Dagutis of Tangled Roots and Trees and I made a deal. I would write about how I keep everyone straight while writing my 52 Ancestors posts and she would tell me how to find a book on the minutes of the annual conferences of the Methodist church. I found the book on my own but I’m sticking to the deal.

Part 1 – Preparation

When I started the Amy Johnson Crow’s Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks I had a plan. I decided to do only my paternal line; working my way back – starting with my father, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. They are all scheduled – to the end of the year.


#1 Fred Roosevelt DEMPSEY


The first thing I did was to start a post for each ancestor. Title [#, name, years born and died], the blurb about the challenge, and the image I use:


Blurb about the challenge and my image

When I begin writing about the ancestor who is next in line, the draft is ready and waiting.

Part 1 – Preparation
Part 2 – Gathering my eggs
Part 3 – It’s time to write
Part 4 – Pulling it together

© 2014 Cathy Meder-Dempsey




Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

12 thoughts on “How I write my 52 Ancestors posts in 4 easy lessons (1)”

  1. Sorry, Cathy. I’ve been a bit busy planning a memorial service. I found them on Google Play and Internet Archive. Glad you didn’t wait on me. I’m very impressed with organization. I, too, started with a plan, but it fell to the way the wayside as I met new ancestors.

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    1. No problem Schalene! I love the Internet Archive. I¨ve been finding so many old county histories that I thought I’d never be able to access.
      I understand about the memorial service. Sending good thoughts your way.


  2. I like this idea. I’ve been using the “wing it” method, I’m frequently behind so I wouldn’t recommend it 😉
    One thing that I started doing was going through old pictures and documents again occasionally finding inspiration for a post but also refreshing my mind and seeing those new connections we always hope to find. It’s been a very rewarding experience on many levels.

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  3. The only thing I knew when I decided to join the 52 ancestors challenge was to post about the emigrants in my family. Unfortunately I’m not organized at all. It helped me a lot to learn from other bloggers – and still does! Am looking forward to your next posts about how you are preparing your posts about your ancestors. Thanks Cathy!

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    1. Good morning Karen. So you did have a plan about which ancestors to do. Doing the emigrants makes it more interesting for the readers in the USA. Thank you for checking out my posts. I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of the rest of the little series.


  4. I really like your organization. I have written maybe a third of the 52 ancestors, and not all of them have been direct line ancestors. Usually if I find a neat document, then I’ll write about that ancestor and plug it into my list. Wished I’d had a plan like this at the beginning!


    1. Thank you Lisa. When I finish up this year I’d like to also do some shorter, more spontateous posts. The length of most of mine probably puts off the reader who is not related but cousins are really happy to see all the information in one place.

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