Tales of a Family 2020

As another year begins, I look forward to uncovering more family mysteries as I continue to delve into the family tree. Since I began this journey just about a decade ago, I have often been amazed at the stories I have discovered, so here’s to a new year, incredible discoveries, and remarkable tales!

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2020 Themes


Week 1 (Jan. 1-7): Fresh Start ~ Twinkies

Week 2 (Jan. 8-14): Favorite Photo ~ Moments with Mama

Week 3 (Jan. 15-21): Long Line ~ Family Lore

Week 4 (Jan. 22-28): Close to Home ~ Close to Home

Week 5 (Jan. 29-Feb. 4): So Far Away ~ Claude Damise: A Fille du Roi in Montreal


Week 6 (Feb. 5-11): Same Name ~ Ann
Week 7 (Feb. 12-18): Favorite Discovery ~ A Glimpse of 2019
Week 8 (Feb. 19-25): Prosperity ~ Family Riches
Week 9 (Feb. 26-Mar. 3): Disaster


Week 10 (Mar. 4-10): Strong Woman ~ All for the King
Week 11 (Mar. 11-17): Luck ~ George Washington and the Battle of Monongahela
Week 12 (Mar. 18-24): Popular ~ E.E. Cummings
Week 13 (Mar. 25-31): Nearly Forgotten ~ Almost Forgotten: The. Marriageable Girls


Week 14 (Apr. 1-7): Water
Week 15 (Apr. 8-14): Fire
Week 16 (Apr. 15-21): Air – Taking Flight: The Wright Brothers
Week 17 (Apr. 22-28): Land


Week 18 (April 29-May 5): Where There’s a Will ~ A Rite of Passage
Week 19 (May 6-12): Service – ML
Week 20 (May 13-19): Travel
Week 21 (May 20-26): Tombstone
Week 22 (May 27-June 2): Uncertain FR


Week 23 (June 3-9): Wedding
Week 24 (June 10-16): Handed Down – clock
Week 25 (June 17-23): Unexpected
Week 26 (June 24-30): Middle


Week 27 (July 1-7): Solo
Week 28 (July 8-14): Multiple
Week 29 (July 15-21): Newsworthy ~ Fright Night, Mom Wisdom, and Family Traditions
Week 30 (July 22-28): The Old Country


Week 31 (July 29-Aug. 4): Large
Week 32 (Aug. 5-11): Small
Week 33 (Aug. 12-18): Black Sheep FR
Week 34 (Aug. 19-25): Chosen Family B
Week 35 (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): Unforgettable


Week 36 (Sept. 2-8): Labor
Week 37 (Sept. 9-15): Back to School
Week 38 (Sept. 16-22): On the Map
Week 39 (Sept. 23-29): Should Be a Movie


Week 40 (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): Oldest
Week 41 (Oct. 7-13): Newest
Week 42 (Oct. 14-20): Proud
Week 43 (Oct. 21-27): Quite the Character
Week 44 (Oct. 28-Nov. 3): Scary Stuff


Week 45 (Nov. 4-10): Bearded
Week 46 (Nov. 11-17): Different Language
Week 47 (Nov. 18-24): Good Deeds st
Week 48 (Nov. 25-Dec. 1): Gratitude


Week 49 (Dec. 2-8): Oops
Week 50 (Dec. 9-15): Witness to History
Week 51 (Dec. 16-22): Winter
Week 52 (Dec. 23-31): Resolution

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash

11 thoughts on “Tales of a Family 2020

  1. Hello Ann Marie.
    I’ve had a distracted start to 2020 so I apologize if this is redundant.

    First, I was not sure I wanted to share this tale because it is so different from my normal work, but then I received some striking feedback, very positive, but with some hints to what was bothering me most about the story which in turn gave me the clarity to fix it. It is still a very different tale for me but at least now I like it.
    I’m also now ready to share it with you for your reaction.


    Hope this finds you fully recovered and ready to take on the year.

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    1. I couldn’t comment on your page; no comment button. But your story is powerful. You know your stuff, and unfortunately, this scenario happens all too often. When I worked for a crisis pregnancy center. I was asked too become an advocate for women that had been raped. One day, the ER called me before I even went through training. When I told them that, they explained they had a 12 year old girl at the ER and she was alone, so I went. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to watch. When I got there, she was clinging to a doll, and she was crying for her mama. When the mother arrived, she pleaded with e to stay and wanted me to go to the police station with them. It was horrible. The cop called me in first, and basically asked if she asked for it, and I went off on him. They could hear me in the waiting room. When I realized that others including the police still blamed the victim, even if she were only a child, I decided that I could not be apart of of the program. It was such an overwhelming and emotional experience, and I knew that I did not have the strength or the courage to deal with people that had no heart for the wounded.


      1. Well nuts. I did forget to click the comments box on this story. Thanks for letting me know.

        Wow – Ann Marie. Your experience is beyond anything I’ve been through. I pulled some anecdotal information from people I know and did some reading to create this story, but if I knew what you’d already been through I might have decided not to remind you of such pain.

        On the other hand, if my daughter had been alone after such a crisis, I would be thankful for someone with your heart just being with her and being her advocate. For something like this, there is o “fixing” things. There is only the system and someone’s willingness to keep a clear head and comfort the victim as is possible. I’ll bet you more than delivered such comfort, but your heart not withstanding, there never was going to be a solution.

        I’m glad you were there to help her even if it must have hurt to be in that position.

        Thanks for giving my story a read and your, always kind feedback.


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