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Taking the challenge of writing about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks

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Genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow has 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.

Here is ancestor one for week one of the challenge, Elena Arredondo, one of this genealogist’s brick walls. She is a maternal great-grandmother. Very little is known about her. She was born in Mexico sometime between July 1869 and 1872. The U.S. Census for 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 indicate this date range. Nobody knows who her parents were and documents have not been found to illustrate anything about her early life.

Her arrival in Texas varies according to the census as well and occurred between 1878 and 1884. She married Severo Alanis Feb. 8, 1889 in Duval County, Texas. They were married by Father J. P. Bard, a Roman Catholic priest. For some unknown reason her last name is written as Flores on the marriage certificate. This may be some indication of another surname in her family, but no proof of that has been found.

Arredondo and her husband had 10 children between 1890 and 1911. Her husband died in 1938 and was buried at the Alanis family ranch in Trevino, Texas, in Duval County.

Elena Arredondo died Jan. 30, 1948 in San Diego, Texas, in Duval County. She is also buried at the family ranch.

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