Happy New Year Genealogy Friends and Foes!

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Actually I don’t have genealogy foes but I liked the way that title sounded! Anyway I hope you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed bringing in the new year! I have concluded my self-imposed media fast and am ready to hit the new year running – genealogy wise that is!

So as I was bouncing around my various social media haunts reading Facebook posts and my Twitter feed I can’t help but come across Amy Johnson Crow’s blog challenge – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks! Everyone is talking about it. If by chance you haven’t seen it you can read that post here.

To sum it up in Amy’s own words – “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.”

Is this not the best idea for all of us family historians as we ring in a new year? You bet it is and I’m taking Amy up on this challenge! This opportunity will enable me to take another look at the info I have on my challenge ancestor each week. I’ll see what facts, pics and general info I have for this particular person. I’ll be able to see which ancestor deserves a little more research time and be sure to note that. I’m even hoping to find a cousin or two over the year through my blog posts.

I figure as I write weekly about my ancestors and read what other genealogists write about theirs I may learn a thing or two as well. It’s a win-win situation all the way around.

I encourage you to jump on this genealogy band wagon and document 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. You’ll find me along with a slew of others “signed-up” for this challenge in the comments section of Amy’s blog for this particular post. You’ll also get the links of the other bloggers involved. Or mention it in the comments of this blog post! Then we’ll all know to be on the lookout for your ancestors!

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a great way to kick off 2014, to honor the lives of our family members who came before us and quite possibly learn a thing or two! I’ll post my first ancestor tomorrow. So I’ll see you back here then and to all I wish a happy, bountiful genealogy New Year!!


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