Sunday, January 3, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy

Oops, I did it again.

This year, with the support of we collectively bring you 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy. The first week's challenge is already up.

The goal is to get genealogists to stretch their brains a bit. Beginning researchers will discover some new resources. You are encouraged to push buttons, click links and study all corners of the web sites. Some of you will be familiar with all of the tools used in the challenges. If that's the case, approach them from a different angle. Don't use them to search your ancestors, experiment with other ideas and explore the different ways the tool can be used.

I tried to make this a no-cost challenge. One week's task requires a stamp and most require access to the Internet. Do as many or as few weeks as you like. It's supposed to be fun.

Feedback from this challenge has been positive and that makes me happy. When I was writing it out (on the tray table of an airplane) I wasn't sure how it would be received. I should have known...genealogists are the nicest most supportive folks out there.

P.S. I plan on doing my own challenge. Look for the first post soon.

P.P.S. You know you can still use the blog topics from last year, right? If your ever in a pinch and stuck for a blog idea, just borrow from the list. That's why it's there.


  1. Amy -
    I love this idea! You are so good at creating these lists and they are so fun! I am looking forward to do as many of these as I can.

  2. Amy,
    Wow you are such a busy girl. Thanks for coming up with this great exercise again. But I think that you work entirely too much. You need to waste some time with me. You don't have to become a Vulcan - they will turn you into a Romulian if you like that better!

  3. I'm looking forward to participating via Facebook. The first challenge makes me grateful for my personal library here at home.

    I love this - thank you for it!

  4. Thanks for this great idea Amy! I just posted my first blog about the research available at my public library.


  5. Trying to locate the list for 2010 challenge. I'm obviously getting a late start, but I wanted to add it to my blog. Could someone assist me?