This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:
on her No Story Too Small blog.
The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.
My approach: I plan to make this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!
Continuing from the last two weeks… This time, starting with WikiTree entries. A weekly reminder got me off onto this series of three father and son set of George Washington Kinnicks - a fascinating family - and, the largest single groups of KINNICK surnames in the country (counting their descendants). My mother was a KINNICK, of course.
This is the third of the three Georges:
#17 George Washington Kinnick-"Wash"
This George Washington Kinnick is the son of #16 (grandson of #15), and is designated by a nickname, "Wash". In later years, on the census, for example, he was using George W. ;-)
Each of these families was included in the book I wrote about them:
"Wash" was born in Villisca, Iowa, a few miles to the southwest of where I grew up. [When I was in high school, active in Methodist Youth activities, Villisca had a very active group, as well. I served with a young man there on the state level organization (South Half of the State of Iowa) as an officer - he was president, I was vice-president. Small world.]
George Washington Kinnick-"Wash" was born in Jun 1863 and died in Feb 1959, at home, in Lewistown, Montana. His wife was Emma Ida Briggs (b. Aug 1867, Iowa) whom he married in Sep 1884, in Taylor Co, Iowa.
Their children were:
1. Leslie C. (b. May 1886, Taylor Co, Iowa; d. May 1952, Grass Range, Montana)
2. William R. (b. Feb 1888, Iowa; d. Oct 1960, Grass Range, Montana)
3. Letha May (May) (b. Mar 1890, Iowa) married James Dudley
4. Alma M. (b. Jan 1899, Wyoming; d. Jul 1993, Fergus Co, Montana) married Frances Linsley
5. Alice V. (b. Jul 1906, Montana) married Glenn Carr
The 1940 census found George W., 76, Emma, 72, and William R., 51, living to living together in Fergus, Montana.
As shared last week, the descendants of this family have been fascinating to research and write stories about. And, I've only scratched the surface. I am now Facebook Friends with some of the descendants of this family. The 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book, that has been the starting point for much of my KINNICK family history research, was primarily focused on this family - which was a major contribution of all we know about the extended family history. When I compiled, with the aid of nearly 100 other contributors, the 2003 Online KINNICK Genealogy Book, in 2003 (nearly 900 online pages, inter-linked) - the 50th anniversary of the earlier work - we extended the family history to all KINNICK descendants that we could identify. It has become the definitive work on the KINNICK Surname, and is the basis for the One-Name Study currently continuing the work.
What fun! ;-)
Families are Forever! ;-)