Genealogy is full of delightful rabbit holes of discovery, but it’s really easy to get sidetracked and miss out on key ancestral information. One of the unexpected side effects of using a Family History Record Book is that you quickly discover the gaps in your research. This challenge was my answer to smoothing out my own uneven research patterns. It aims to devote 62 weeks to investigating each of the #62Ancestors in your six generation Twiggli family tree. You are encouraged to collect basic facts, genealogical proofs, images, news reports, documents, and memories, for each ancestor in turn. Your final task is to record your own story.
You may tackle your ancestors in any order you wish, but once you’ve decided on your focus person for the week, you must not divert from them.
There are no start and end dates for this project. If you need to take a break, that’s fine. You will be looking for the following information, together with dates and locations. If possible each item should be supported by a relevant image of the person, event, or location.
- Census records
- Criminal records
- Poor law records
- Newspaper reports
- Addresses from birth to death
- Wills and probate records
As you work, bear in mind the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard:
- reasonably exhaustive research;
- complete and accurate source citations;
- analysis and correlation of the collected information;
- resolution of any conflicting evidence;
- a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.
If you’d like to share your resulting pages in a blog or report your progress on social media, please use the hashtag #62Ancestors. Oh, and don’t forget to create a Twiggli Tree to summarise all that fantastic information!
You will find my #62Ancestors challenge posts in the ‘My Family‘ category of this website. Will you join me?