52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

52 Weeks Personal Genealogy and History

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History.  This the third such series of prompts and challenges presented on a weekly basis here at GeneaBloggers. In 2009, Amy brought us the popular Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog: 52 Ideas. 52 Weeks, and in 2010 she came up with a series of weekly prompts called 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy.

Now It’s Personal

In recent years, interest in genealogy has grown by leaps and bounds. It’s great that so many people are researching their ancestors, but what about our own personal histories? Are we so busy recording the events of others that we forget to preserve our own? Here are 52 topics (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

One Challenge Each Week

GeneaBloggers will announce each challenge for the week in the weekly Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events post every Friday.  At the same time, an event will be created over at the GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook (the first week’s challenge is here).  The challenge period will be Saturday through to the following Friday. And GeneaBloggers will create a “progress post” with a roll-up widget listing those who are participating.

Also don’t forget that you can let your blog readers know about the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History series by displaying this badge in your sidebar.

Have fun with this project. Interpret the topics any way you wish. Imagine if you had this type of information about your own ancestors: what a treasure chest it would be! Take the time to jog your own memory and provide a wonderful wealth of historical information for those who will come after us.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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