A to Z Challenge: 2020 Theme Reveal

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Yay! The 2020 #AtoZChallenge is fast approaching and I am so excited to announce my 2020 THEME REVEAL. I have been toying with a dozen ideas and finally decided to try something a bit different and focus on FAMILY HISTORY!

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Family History

When I got sick in 2015, one of the few things I was able to do was research the family history on ancestry.com‘s app on my iPad. It was such a great time killer and also like a treasure hunt for this history fan. So this upcoming month of April I will be sharing tidbits from my family’s history as well as tips on how to seek out your own ancestry on-line.

A Ancestry.com

B Brewster Family

C Census Records

D Dayton Family

E Eberle Family

F Find a Grave

G GenealogyBank

H 1066, The Battle of HASTINGS

I Ipad App Review

J 5 Strong Women in JESUS’ Genealogy (Happy Easter)

K 4 Ancestry Resources for KIDS

L 7 Free Ancestry Research LINKS

M The 1643 Massacre of Richard MAXSON

N 3 Tips for Researching NYS Historic Newspapers

O Virtual Tour of Ogdensburg, New York

P Learning about Your PILGRIM Ancestors

Q 7 Questions about Researching Ancestry

R 5 Tips to RESEARCH and Discover What Your Family Name Means

S A Virtual Tour of SCROOBY in Honor of the 400th Anniversary of The Mayflower

T 5 TV Shows about Genealogy on Amazon Prime Video

U UNION or Confederate?

V My Agonizing VAN VALKENBURG Search

W From WATERBURY to WATERTOWN in search of the WELTON Family

X What is the X in DNA?

Y 6 Tips for How I Came to Research the YOUNG Family in the Newspapers

Z Zee End: 5 Books and Movies About Finding Family

Will you be following along on my adventure through the A to Zs of Ancestry? Let me know in the comments below and let me know how I can follow you too!

The Joyous Living: 2020 #atozchallenge theme reveal - family history

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48 Comments

  1. Kristin

    March 16, 2020 at 8:16 am

    As a family historian myself, I look forward to following your A to Z genealogical journey.
    https://findingeliza.com/

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 16, 2020 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Kristin!!! I am very excited about trying this for the challenge.

  2. Brianne

    March 16, 2020 at 9:02 am

    This is a great challenge. It can be hard to think of new ideas when you’ve been blogging for a long time. I think I should follow along with this.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Hope you do!! A to Z Challenge is such a fun one with so many clever people participating around the world.

  3. Anne

    March 16, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Like Kristin I am another family historian and look forward to following your A to Z genealogy journey. http://ayfamilyhistory.com/2020/03/17/2020-a-to-z-challenge-visiting-london/

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Yay. Thanks Anne. If you’d like to do a guest post this coming April I’d be delighted to chat.

  4. Jennifer Jones

    March 16, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Good luck for the challenge. I’m doing a-z on my book blog https://bestbookishblog.com/
    But I also have a family history/genealogy blog so will be very interested to read your posts https://jonesfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. If you’d like to do a guest post for the challenge i’d be open and interested.

  5. Heather

    March 16, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    What a fun idea! I signed up for ancestry.com years ago and was able to find one of my cousins that didn’t even know we existed!

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      really? how cool is that!!! great story.

  6. knycx journeying

    March 16, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    An interesting challenge and something that I didn’t know before. Thanks for sharing with us ~ – knycx journeying

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      my pleasure! a to z challenge is a fun one i try to do every year.

  7. Gervin Khan

    March 17, 2020 at 2:38 am

    This sounds like a nice challenge and I am so excited to do this with my husband, thank you!

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      My pleasure for inspiring you. I hope you have fun.

  8. Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    March 17, 2020 at 6:22 am

    I will definitely be following you on this journey. I love discovering more about ancestry.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      yay. thanks Ntensibe. i hope you enjoy it.

  9. Emily Fata

    March 17, 2020 at 8:28 am

    This is such a great idea! I love using Ancestry to delve deeper into my family history, as well. It’s super interesting.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      maybe we’ll cross paths one day on the app 😉

  10. Myrah Duque

    March 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

    I like this challenge and am super excited to try it with my husband, thank you!

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      yay. Are you participating in the #atozchallenge or are you going to challenge yourself to do ancestry?

  11. Wendy @ One Exceptional Life

    March 17, 2020 at 9:45 am

    What a fun idea! I haven’t gotten much into ancestry, but it sounds like a great thing to do when you’re homebound for any period of time, like we are at the present.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      it is a great thing to do! it keeps you busy and is productive/useful.

  12. Fatima Torres

    March 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

    What an interesting way to learn more about your family and background information

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Sometimes it is the only way when great-grandparents decide for some reason to stay mum on teh topic of the family history.

  13. Natalie

    March 17, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Sounds like great idea. Such a fun challenge. Would love to learn more about my family background.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      I hope you get a chance, Natalie. How far back have you traced?

  14. yana

    March 17, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    mm it’s so interesing and exciting, I would like to know history of my family too, somedays XD

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      I hope you get a chance, Yana. It’s been such a fun journey.

  15. Kuntala Bhattacharya

    March 17, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Thats quite an interesting challenge. I would love to do these kind of activities related to ancestry. You can know much about your family.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Yes it tells you a great deal and it’s so fun to uncover the family skeletons or to discover there were weren’t any.

  16. Ronnie

    March 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I’m fascinated by genealogy and family history! There is so much to uncover. Do keep sharing in your process – it’s very interesting.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Ronnie. I will!! All of April. How far have you traced back?

  17. littlemisadvencha

    March 17, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    very fun thing to do especially nowadays where we are on a lockdown. i love to try this with my roommate. haha

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Yes, good ol’ lockdown. At least we can do something fun and educational w/ our time right?

  18. Lavern Moore

    March 17, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Yes I will be following you to see what this ancestry thing is about. Seems fun and exciting!

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Lavern. I am hoping it’s an interesting and useful series.

  19. Matt Taylor

    March 17, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    That is awesome! Family history is so cool. I love looking at my family tree and fan chart, and seeing who I am related to back in history.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      ooo Very cool. Are you related to anyone famous?

  20. Stacy

    March 18, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Wow this is such a wonderful thing. Looking forward to it.

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Yay. Thanks Stacy. I hope you enjoy the series.

  21. Anna/At Lifestyle Crossroads

    March 18, 2020 at 3:11 am

    What a great challenge! I look forward to following your A to Z genealogical adventure!

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Anna. I hope you enjoy the series! I’m excited (and nervous) about it.

  22. Stephen

    March 18, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Been thinking about looking into my family tree for a while now and I think the next month will be a perfect time given we will all be stuck inside

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      hehe. Exactly! I think that’s probably why Ancestry.com came up with the discount they had.

  23. Emman Damian

    March 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I really have to try these services! Sounds so fun to know your genealogy! So cool!

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Do Africans research family histories and pass them down from one generation to another?

  24. Sundeep Ananth Dubey (rightpurchasing.com)

    March 21, 2020 at 1:07 am

    It looks very interesting. I’m sure to drop by all through April.
    Do check out if my theme interests you: http://www.rightpurchasing.com/a2zchallenge/
    –rightpurchasing.com

    1. thejoyousliving

      March 27, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Sundeep! I hope you’ll enjoy the series.

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