2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Week 5 (Jan. 29- Feb. 4) At the Library

2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Week 5 (Jan. 29- Feb. 4) At the Library

“first” joined Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on its “first” year in 2014… and what a whirlwind year that was… writing, editing and researching daily for 365 days! As much as I wanted to continue the following year, I found that I didn’t have the time to continue another year with that type of research… although I did continue blogging and writing stories at my own pace, which allowed me to write on other topics as well as family stories when ideas came my way… but I’ve often missed it. The first year were no specific weekly prompts like today… but I’m taking a different spin on them. There will be some posts on a specific ancestor, but most will be memories that spring from those prompts. Head over to 2014 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to read about my ancestors in the first years challenge.

If you’re new to genealogy, make your “first” stop to Amy’s website for genealogy ideas or even join in on this 52 Week challenge… you learn by doing… not procrastinating! There is no right or wrong… anything you do is a start!

Week 5 (Jan. 29- Feb 4) At the Library

“At the Library”… this weeks prompt has me stumped. I could write about my first genealogy class at a library… but I did on Week 1, or I could write about my first discovery at the LDS library, but I also covered that on Week 1… so what’s left for me?

On many of my trips to visit my mother in Georgia, I always managed to wangled to spend a day trip at the University of Georgia’s “Georgia room” in their library. As no one else was interested in coming with me… I went alone. My mom and son would drop me off early in the morning and return to pick me up later in the afternoon. I enjoyed those days alone… wandering up and down the aisles… making lots of copies. I never seemed to have a plan there… it was usually hit or miss in what I discovered! I always left with finds!


Another library I spent a brief amount of time at was the library in Dahlonega… they had a genealogy section with many family genealogies. After discovering their genealogy department, I returned home to put together a Bryan binder to leave there on a return trip… there always was one! There hadn’t been anything on “Bryan” when I first went, so I wanted to ensure the next researcher would be rewarded. A few people have contacted me after leaving info there… quite excited at the new discoveries they found in my binder.

Going to libraries was never on my mother’s list of “things to do” when I’m home… so I often had to somehow bribe her in letting me spend small amounts of time there!


perry library in courthouse

Perry Library

As a young girl, I always enjoyed going to my local library in Perry, Georgia. Our city library was located in the basement of the county courthouse; I spent many Saturday mornings there… and always during the summer. By the time I entered high school  I had outgrown those summer reading clubs at the library… other things were on my mind… like driving a car and boys!

From an early age, I enjoyed reading. While many remember going to the library to check out their Nancy Drew books, I was lucky enough to have a bookcase filled with them… my personal collection. I wish I could remember if there were Nancy Drew books on those library shelves I perused do oftrn… but I really wish I knew what actually happened to my books!

I do vividly remember those summer reading clubs… for every book read, I received a star to fill up my certificate. I read all summer… reading biographies of every president and inventor. My mother reminds me that whatever I brought home, she also read before I returned it.

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I don’t remember reading as much in high school, even though I worked in the school library as an assistant. My most hated part was returning books to their specific location using the Dewey Decimal numbers on the book spine. I was always fascinated with those large catalog drawers full of cards, but it was never fun searching them out on the shelf… today those cards are all gone… everything is now digital.

jeanne in library perry hsfix

Library Club photo in Yearbook… probably the last time I ever had short hair!


I keep asking my husband to build me a “Little Free Library”…. I’m hoping but not sure if that will ever happen. I’d keep it filled with Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Happy Hollisters, The Bobbsey Twins and The Hardy Boys books… hoping to encourage young boys and girls to read the early children classics.

Stay tuned for Week 6… ” Surprise”

week 1

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