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52ancestors-2015

In this brand new year, with every day just waiting to be lived and more ancestors just waiting to be discovered, there is so much potential for writing new stories. So the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge seems like the perfect way to bring these stories to life.

And since I’m encouraged that I was able to follow through on my resolve to reach out each day to someone who shares and/or is researching my ancestors, I’m going to choose one ancestor each week and write a little story. As Amy Johnson Crow says, “No story is too small.”

What a wonderful way to get past square one on my genealogy “to do” list! Amy Johnson Crow has issued a challenge: “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.”

Time and energy ran out last year as I had so much requiring my attention and still only 24 hours in a day. And even though I didn’t want to give up something that had helped to jump-start my love for writing again, my little blog went by the wayside.

Ironically, as I was sorting out my New Year’s Resolutions recently, I had decided to dust it off and start having fun with genealogy once again. And so, it is with that optimistic outlook in mind, that I pledge to take better care of my family tree in 2014.

Do you have genealogy resolutions you’d like to share? Perhaps you’d like to take the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge as well?

… I have so many questions I would ask my parents.

Family History Writing Challenge – Write about someone you regret not asking more questions of when they were still living. 

I’d ask my Mom and Dad all about their parents, childhood and family life. About how they met, fell in love and married. About the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. About their hopes and dreams.

I’d ask about their travels and adventures. We’d go through the hundreds of photos with no information on them and they could tell me the stories about their friends and family I never met.

I’d show them the family tree I’ve made and they could help me fill in the blanks and tear down the brick walls.

We’d have such fun, if I could turn back time.

I’d like to know: what are some unanswered questions you have about your ancestors? Who else might be able to provide answers.

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