52 Ancestors in 2020 – Week 1 – Fresh Start

It is a brand new year and a new decade. As the new year dawns it is full of amazing possibilities and opportunities, a new beginning and a fresh start, which brings us to our topic for week one of the edition of 52 Ancestors.

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My Fresh Start is not chucking everything and starting over, my idea for a Fresh Start is to move beyond the low lying fruit of databases and heading into the catalogs and being more delibrerate with my research, including contacting historical societies, libraries and research trips, even if it is only a day trip by doing this I am hoping to breakdown some brick walls and open up the tree a bit.

My other goal is to branch the tree out and work more on the outliers and not necessarily my direct ancestors as by shrubbing the tree I think I will get more use out of my DNA matches and further breakdown some brick walls.

I hope you will follow along again on this journey with me.

3 thoughts on “52 Ancestors in 2020 – Week 1 – Fresh Start

  1. I have had very good luck contacting historical societies – from one, I received a full transcription they had of my 2x great-grandmother’s baptism, along with those of her sisters 🙂 Best of luck with your research in the coming year!


  2. G’day Chiara,
    Sounds like a great way to make a fresh start. I also have been ‘shrubbing’ out my tree to help with those unknown DNA matches. Love the travelling to visit graves or archives or local libraries and luckily most of my ancestors stayed in Tasmania, Australia and didn’t travel very far afield.


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