2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 52 (Dec.23 – Dec. 31 ): YOU

2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 52 (Dec.23 – Dec. 31 ): YOU

I “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!

Jeanne Easter

Even then… I closed my eyes, but I did have a slight smile!


I have written several posts on myself through the years…. Here,  and over Here and even Here. But if you are reading this post in my printed blog books…. I’ve pasted  some of my writing below! This will be an easy… and my last blog post in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  It’s been fun and I hope everyone who’s taken the time to stop in has enjoyed the reads… but I’m pooped! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I’m wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Getting to Know You:
Who Am I? Well if I don’t describe my outer looks, then I guess I’ll have to come up with other descriptions, so here goes. Happy and Thankful, for the most part, happy for my health, my husband, my children and my beautiful five granddaughters; I’m a genealogist; writer, at least I think so… I do have a published article that I wrote years ago. After two rejections in offering to Women’s World and Family Circle, (it wasn’t a fit for them they wrote), I sent it to Georgia Backroads magazine. They published and paid me; it’s titled Heirloom Recipes.

Mama always told me I should have been a lawyer as I tend to ask a thousand questions. I seriously looked into going to school for paralegal, but as I didn’t like driving in high traffic areas at that time, I scared myself into not attempting it. I should have pursued it…. maybe it would have helped me in becoming more self-assured. I can be nosey, well at times… bored easily with things… lazy at times… and often obsessive… especially when I have a writing project in mind, like my  A to Z in April on Nancy Drew… it quickly became all I wanted to work on at the moment. I’m actually shy, but also outgoing… how can that be? I really do feel I’m a somewhat shy person… when asked to do an interview on my photographing of war memorials, it sent me in a tailspin! I’m more a begin-the-scenes type, not someone who likes the center of attention! Crafty… I inherited those genes from my grandmother and mother, but my granddaddy McKinley was pretty crafty himself, especially when he crafted a sewing needle he needed to sew his cotton bags; I have enough craft supplies stocked to open my own store… that’s why I can never find anything when needed, and you know what that means… you go buy it again! What crafts have I ventured to learn and accomplish… well let’s see – knit, crochet, paint (wood items and paint by number), embroidery, wood burning, writing (is that a craft?), needlepoint, junk journaling, and rug hooking… and I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few.

What do “you” look like?… Brown hair (long as a teenager and still below my shoulders today); I’ve never been one to fuss and fix my hair. I remember that whenever I tried to use rollers as a teenager… I’d become very frustrated… often having a hissy fit throwing them at the back of my bedroom door. Even now when using the curling iron, there will be a slight curl at the end… but once I brush it lightly… no curl left! So I basically will always have straight hair.  I was always considered tall, 5ft. 6″ abt… but by today’s standards, I’m now average! As a child, I remember my grandmother Bryan telling me I had big bones… I hated that! Unfortunately, she never had anything nice to say about anyone, very negative! I always thought I was slightly heavy as a child and even teenager, but when I look back at those photos now, I like my look… and didn’t look fat! Funny how you perceive yourself at different times in your life. Even when my children were young, I thought I was heavy, but the pictures and home movies show me slim with long hair down past my backside! Sure, now I’m overweight and since retiring, it’s really going to be a struggle to keep the weight off… I’m not walking like I did at work. I used to look daily at my steps at work… they would be between 4 and 5 thousand steps a day; that sometimes meant almost 2 or more miles just walking around at work and climbing the stairs. I think I became slightly sidetracked here… maybe I accumulated some walking steps! So do you know what I look like? LOL

What do you enjoy?… Besides spending time with hubby watching Netflix, which has become our daily winter activity, I’d say my love is writing. Often the laptop can easily spend all day in my lap! As cold as it’s been lately, who wants to go outside! My loves are researching the family history, writing stories for my blog, joining blog writing challenges, knitting for my granddaughters, and spending time with them when possible. This past winter has had me knitting more than I have in a long time… the granddaughters have more hats and mittens than they can wear. Unfortunately my girls in Florida no longer need these type items… maybe I can knit them fingerless gloves for their cold mornings of 55 degrees!

Who inspires you?… My husband foremost inspires me as he’s so organized, never says “no” to anything asked of him, and is always there for me! He spoils me every day and I’d be terribly lost without him! I can’t name any other specific person, but there are many that inspire me to learn new things and visit different places. Granddaughter McKinley is always inspiring me (LOL) to knit her a new pair of mittens she has seen somewhere, or hinting that she can’t find hers; I always get a different story from her mother who says she’s become a good conniver in asking for what she wants! Granddaughter Ella might just be following in my footsteps in writing as she enjoys writing stories and has recently shared her story, “Sofia the First” with me in asking for editing help. Great job Ella!

What do you want to be doing that you are currently not?… I’d like to be losing weight, but I don’t see that drastically happening, especially during the winter… so I’ll settle for a few pounds off! I hope to travel more in the upcoming year and visit Maine, and I think Florida will be on my new places to visit soon also.


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2 Responses to 2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 52 (Dec.23 – Dec. 31 ): YOU

  1. Sheryl says:

    You were adorable when you were a child.

    Liked by 1 person

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