#52 Ancestors Meets Up With #Crafting Genealogy

I’m back with Crafting Genealogy and this week it collides with 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. 52 Ancestors is a fun challenge by Amy Johnson Crow to:

“. . . 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.”

I’ve taken on this challenge and blog weekly about one of my ancestors. So far they’ve been short bios but the higher I climb my family tree I know I’ll be discussing research problems!!

Crafting Genealogy is all about using our love for our family history in a creative way. Using copies of old family pics I craft with them and display them at home in the hopes of generating some interest by other family members in our genealogy. (I also get my creativity fix too!)



So this week Crafting Genealogy comes face to face with 52 Ancestors. The result is a project I’ve had in the back of my mind for some time. I’ve seen this done before and think it works well with 52 Ancestors. I call it Ancestor-o-dex!

My hubby is a great bargain hunter and haunts garage sales in season. He happened to stop by Goodwill and bought me this great rolodex for $1.99. I love that it’s compact and will easily fit on my desk.

Cam Frueh and Basil Lowery

Cam Frueh and Basil Lowery

As I write each week about my 52 Ancestors I’m also going to dedicate a rolodex card to them. Each card will have a copy of a pic, a memory or whatever strikes me at the time. I’ll use decorative paper and whatever bits of ribbon, twine, buttons, etc. I find. Working with such a small canvas ensures I’ll get it done every week.

Not only does this little bit of creativity compliment my blog post, I’ll have an artfully close reminder of my ancestors on my desk and I like that. Don’t have a rolodex? Take a deck of cards (older is better in my opinion) and create a deck of ancestors. Or whatever works for you.

Other side of ancestor cards

Other side of ancestor cards

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks gives me the chance to take another look at the info I have on my ancestor that week. I’ll see the 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. Then crafting a small rolodex card for my weekly ancestor helps me get them out of my computer and into my family surroundings. Who knows I just may be planting the seeds for a future genealogist in my family!

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

If you make an Ancestor-o-dex or a variation send me a pic or two. I’ll share them in a future post for ideas and inspiration.

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

Ancestor-o-dex second completed card

In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!


  1. Betsy Potts says:

    Did you expect to say anything but that I simply love it. Looking forward to seeing it at Christmastime.

    • Thank you! The challenge will be with the ancestors we don’t have pics for! I’ll need some real creativity then!! 🙂

  2. What a fun and truly creative idea!

  3. Cindy,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/01/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-january-17.html

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you Jana! I appreciate your compliment. I’ve really had a lot of fun with this project. Thanks too for including me in this week’s Fab Finds post! It’s always so much fun to be a part of it and reading all the great posts!

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