52 Ancestors : Week # 52 – Resolution

2020 Year End Review of Finding My Ancestors Blog

I’m participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge and we are now in the final week of the challenge!! I decided to start this family history blog back in December of 2018. So it has been two years already! How can that be possible?!

This week the theme is RESOLUTION, so I suppose my RESOLUTION is just to continue on learning and sharing on this blog. I’m really enjoying the process.

To me, winter signifies the end of the year, and since 2020 is finally coming to a close, I thought it only fitting that I put together a final post re-capping my year of blogging. In 2019 there were 1,197 views on this blog. 2020 has brought 4,715 views !! (Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment or hit that like button on my postsit’s much appreciated.)

This year, 2020, was also the first year that I participated in the 52 Ancestors Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow and I am happy to say that I completed it! All 52 weeks are present and accounted for! Phew! Some weeks were definitely more challenging to complete than others, but I am beyond happy that I participated and feel that it really pushed me to dig a little deeper in my research of my family’s history. I look forward to participating in another challenge next year, Je suis Prest! (shameless Outlander reference)

Below are my top 3 blog posts.

Most Popular Post on Instagram in 2020

My most popular post on my Instagram page was from Week # 28 – Multiple. I posted about a box of multiple letters that was able to look through while visiting with family on Gabriola Island. The letters were all from and to my Grandmother, Margaret Hope Newitt Apps during the period of 1939-1945. One day I hope, or rather RESOLVE to go back for another visit and hopefully scan all the letters so that they are digitized, preserved and easily shared with the entire family.

Most Popular Month on the Blog in 2020

My most popular month on my blog was this past August due to the fact that Amy Johnson Crow featured one of my posts in her weekly newsletter! This post was titled Week # 32 – Small / ATS. This post was also about my Grandmother, Margaret, and about how I was able to find a very small mention of her name in a record book about her role in the ATS during World War 2. Sometimes finding information about women’s roles proves to be a little more difficult, so this was very exciting to me! My resolution would be to learn more about her role in the ATS.

Most Popluar Post on the Blog in 2020

The most popular post that I wrote was about (you guessed it) my Grandmother, Margaret! Perhaps I should just blog about her life exclusively!! She was a pretty amazing woman… Anyhow, this particular post is called Shakespeare & Company. It was during Week # 25 – Unexpected. This was about how I found an unexpected surprise while reviewing an old interview with my Great Aunt Hilary (another amazing woman). The unexpected surprise was finding out that Margaret Newitt worked for a time at the famous English language bookshop and lending library in Paris, Shakespeare and Company in the 1930’s. This discovery has triggered endless fascinating research for me. I have found out much more even since this original post back in June 2020. I have lots more to share and I am currently working on a follow up post, including letters written by my Grandmother to Miss Sylvia Beach, so stay tuned!

Thanks again for taking the time to read, like or comment on this blog post. See you in 2021. xoxo Carrie

  4 comments for “52 Ancestors : Week # 52 – Resolution

  1. December 23, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Congratulations on completing the challenge and two years of blogging! I remember the bookshop post – very good one. Have a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. December 23, 2020 at 5:57 am

    When I first came across your blog, I remember thinking that you might do interesting things with it, and you have!! Keep up the great work, Carrie! Brad x

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