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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.”

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I was so happy to find my blog featured among the new genealogy blogs by GeneaBloggers.com on April 27. What an honor.

I enjoy reading the blogs in this group because they are so varied, so colorful, so full of what makes history come alive: real people! I don’t need reality shows to catch my attention when there are so many spellbinding true stories that I can find in their family trees as well as my own.

They set the bar high and I hope I can continue to offer observations and comments on genealogical research and family histories that will be of interest to my fellow genealogy bloggers.

I’ve got a lot to learn and am thankful for this group and any advice I receive from its members. I’d like to know: have you found genealogy blogging groups or organizations that are encouraging to your efforts?

… 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.

… Our bridge to the future.

Sometimes I find it’s easy to get mired down looking for ancestors and solving brick-wall mysteries. But as valuable as this research is, it can also become tiresome and repetitive.

I’m finding that leafing out our family tree with information about living individuals gives me a welcome break. I love the opportunity to connect and reconnect with relatives. We renew friendships and share stories that give a glimpse into the ties that bind families together, whether by blood, by surname or by kinship of the heart.

And when I return to census files, birth and death certificates, wills and such, I feel refreshed and ready to look back into the past because I’ve had so much fun looking into our family’s future.

Genealogy experts say you should begin with what you know. I’d like to know: have you recorded your own life story yet?

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