Monday, 21 March 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016: Theme Reveal


2016 is here! (Well, of course, it was 'here' on 1st January, but let's not quibble).  Perhaps I should have said that the 2016 A-Z Challenge is nearly here.  It's the seventh Challenge, and the fifth time I have participated.  So it's also going to be the fifth time of my Genealogy Trivia theme.  Often, I surprise myself, as all the posts seem to follow a theme-within-a-theme i.e. they're all about genealogy, but one year they were about beginning genealogy, last year there were rather a lot of posts about death (C is for Corpse Way, I is for Infant Mortality, and so on).

This year, when you signed up for the Challenge and needed to put a code after your name on the list to show what sort of blog it was (Animals, Books, Craft, Gaming etc), the code I usually use (HI for History) had been changed to HM for History/Mythology.  At first, I was a little hurt, because my family tree is most definitely not mythology, but then I remembered the phrase famous among genealogists:

"Genealogy without sources is mythology"

So this year, although the main theme remains the same (genealogy), there may be quite a few posts about sources and where to find them. (And yes, my own family tree is positively bristling with sources.)


© 2016 Ros Haywood. All Rights Reserved

41 comments:

  1. Hi Ros - good to see you are doing genealogy again .. see you around - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary; looking forward to it. Just popped over to your blog and it looks fascinating. Love those animals!

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  2. Hmm... That's sounds interesting Ros. All the best

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  3. Nice to see you back online, Ros, and I look forward to reading your A-Z entries. Your theme sounds very intriguing!

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    1. Always a pleasure to see you. I have popped over to your blog - I must say, your theme looks fantastic! I agree: too often we look back at our ancestors, when we need to be leaving personal memories ourselves.

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  4. This sounds interesting! Looking forward to your posts :)

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    1. Looking forward to writing them! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Very neat! I have a cousin who is super-into genealogy so this should be interesting! Good luck!

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    1. Yes, genealogy can be a fascinating subject. Looking forward to April!

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  6. Great! My little, old English teacher soul applauds you! Citing sources is essential, but not always easy. Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. I wish I had realised how important citing sources was right from Day One! Good to see you.

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  7. Hi! Understand completely about the mix of history and mythology. It's tantamount to saying history is myth and hopefully that wasn't the intent. Scary thought. Great quote and will have to share it with my son. Look forward to seeing what you dig up. :)

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    1. Glad you liked the quote. I don't suppose for a moment that they meant any harm by grouping history and mythology together. It just gave me a bit of a shock at first. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Sounds like a fun theme! I look forward to seeing what all you create! See you in 10 days! ~Lori~

    Lori @ As the Fates Would Have It
    Lori @ Promptly Written

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    1. See you in 10 days as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Ah, yes, the elusive fabric of "sources" in a genealogy search. I know the difficulty and the amazing enjoyment of discovery. Look forward to your posts in April.

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  10. I thought that was a strange combination too. I wish they had a History/genealogy or something like that in the future.

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    1. Maybe we need to suggest it to them...

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  11. This will be exciting and I look forward to your posts

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    1. Good to see you again - thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Wow! I know so little about genealogy, I can't imagine having enough to post for a months. And this will be your 5th year.

    Brett at Transformed Nonconformist

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    1. I must confess, it's been a definite challenge (small c) for some of the letters - like X - but other posts (like Time Immemorial, Englishry, Secretary Hand, and Farthing) got several hundred views each. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I don't know much about genealogy, but I'm crazy about history, so I'm looking forward to reading your posts!

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    1. We historians need to stick together...Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. That quote is terrific! My brother is the family genealogist. Fortunately, he has given me access to his Ancestry.com page. I look forward to reading your posts!

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    1. Glad you love that quote. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I've often wondered about my family history, but haven't taken any steps other than to ask other family members. Still, I love the idea of learning about the past. Thanks for stopping by Parallels - appreciate your interest. I'll be following you during the A to Z. I'm honestly posting A to Z on 2 other blogs plus my part at Parallels - at this point I think I'm crazy!

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    1. Aren't we all? *grin* Sorry it's taken so long to reply; my router decided to die and bring the internet down with it, and I've only just got back online. All the best for the A-Z!

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  16. That sounds like an interesting theme. I know my family history going back a couple generations, but most of the oral histories are now lost sadly, as the people have passed on. I'll be dropping by in April. All the best for a great challenge.

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Sorry to have taken so long to reply (hope you didn't cry yourself to sleep ha ha). I have only just got back online after my router died (just before A-Z - I was terrified it wouldn't be back up before April 1). Thanks for the good wishes. If your oral histories are lost - start your own! :o)

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  17. Good luck with the Challenge. Although, fifth time? You must have it pretty down pat now.

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    1. That's why I have entered two other blogs into the Challenge. They're keeping me on my toes already - and we haven't started yet!

      All the best for the Challenge

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  18. Now that is a theme I do not know much about, Ros. Well, there are actually a lot of things I don't know anything about, but your theme will get my attention in April! Good luck and I'll be back! :-)

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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    1. Good to see you - and it will be good to see you back, as well! Hope you continue to enjoy my posts. All the best for the Challenge!

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  19. Hi Ros, great to see you back - I always learn lots of new stuff from your A to Z posts and this year your theme sounds really useful :) I'm joining in as part of Heather Gardner's team this year - Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace a Stormy’s Sidekick minion

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    1. It always amuses me to see your name. the Cat Herder. Thanks for the compliment about learning things from my posts - really appreciated! All the best for your new minionship.

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  20. Love the theme! Looking forward to hanging out in you space in the blogosphere

    Thanks for stopping by MY NOOK in the Blogosphere. You're welcomed anytime

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    1. Thanks - I will certainly be stopping by!

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  21. Hi Ros,
    All the best for the Challenge:) Looking forward to read your posts during April.
    Stopping by today as part of the #AtoZChallenge Minion Activity :)
    @sneha_sasi from
    Life As a Potpourri
    Am a Minion for Holton's Heroes

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