Happy New Year!

Whew… I am just coming down from a Christmas whirlwind, a blur of activity, a buzzing hive of family. Crazy.

It was/is The. Best.

But, now we are here on the first day of 2018. The Hubs and I just had a Starbucks coffee date that morphed into an El Pollo lunch that finished up on the back patio to discuss plans for the future. There are some big changes afoot here in my little household, and we wanted to start the year off with a compatible vision.

But, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well, that sounds lovely, but what does this have to do with genealogy, Barbara???”

I’m going to tell you!

I follow Amy Johnson Crow, a professional genealogist. She has a new project for 2018, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. It sounds like fun and, frankly, a bit of a challenge, too.

Sometimes, a family tree and family history can be a bit overwhelming, just like a big, blurry, messy, after-Christmas morning living room, littered with coffee cups, wrapping paper, toy packaging, and sticky candy canes. Where in the world to start???

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In my case, you have several children and grandchildren who all pitch in, and the mess is gone before you get the dishwasher loaded!

Only, that doesn’t work so well in the telling of family stories, does it? We pretty much have to do the work ourselves.

That’s where a little outside guidance and encouragement can come in quite handy. And, in my case, why I’ve decided to participate in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

This week’s prompt is just “Start.” So, that’s what I’m doing, just starting. I am not guaranteeing that I’ll get to all 52 posts; it’s more a sort of a goal, a moving target. But, I will do what I can! I am looking forward to this!


And, from my crazy family to yours, a belated Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!2017-12-25 13.34.32

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