A Thank You Note to Amy Johnson Crow

Dear Amy,

Thank you for a fantastic journey. I don’t know if I ever would have taken such a big step on my own. Your 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is the reason that I began my blog on 23 January 2014. Although people who drop by may think that I began in 2012 as I’ve included some things I wrote on my Facebook page prior to your challenge.

52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksI shared #1, #2, and #3 on our closed family group on Facebook. It was going so well that I decided to start a blog so that I could also reach the more distant cousins.

I had a plan and followed it! Not only did I write a story for every paternal ancestor from my father to my 4th great-grandparents, I got my family tree cleaned up, added sources, made new discoveries, met other genealogy bloggers, and found new cousins. And a secret dream to write something that someone would enjoy reading came true.

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.

Who could have known when you wrote this on January 3, 2014 that you would start an avalanche of family stories.

52ancestors-2015I plan on continuing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks (2015 Edition) next year. Love your idea of doing optional week themes but I have another idea! I’ll be posting my schedule for 2015 before the end of the year.

Merry Christmas and thank you Amy!!

Best wishes,

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

4 thoughts on “A Thank You Note to Amy Johnson Crow”

  1. Thank you for the kind words, Cathy! Indeed, I had no idea what I was starting — or what I was getting myself into! — back on January 3 when I said, “Hey, let’s do a challenge!” Starting the 52 Ancestors challenge was definitely one of the highlights of my year, in no small part to it leading to meeting people like you.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

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