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List of ancestor surnames could provide clues for genealogists

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In early January, genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow issued a challenge to genealogists for 2014 – to write about one ancestor a week for the entire 2014 year. This can be done by blogging, posting on social media, sending emails to family members, whatever means available to keep the momentum going.

Crow posts recaps of all the blogs and articles each Wednesday. The recap is an A-Z list of surnames that the challenge participants have written about for the week. Each surname acts as a link to the article or blog about that ancestor.

Genealogists now have a new resource to check on surnames that may be important to their research.

Below are links to the recaps for the first three weeks of the ancestry challenge.

Crow announced that 242 participants are taking the challenge, up from 212 the previous week.

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