Last year, for the 2012 A-Z challenge, I did a thriller serial with a new 100-word episode each day. I did contemplate another for this year, but time has escaped me so I've fallen back on my second idea - genealogy.
I've been tracing my family history for a few years now and one of these days I will go through and properly organise the jigsaw-puzzle-like elements of births, marriages and deaths along with census returns and facsimiles of parish registers that I have accumulated digitally, as hard-copies or even scrawled on scraps of paper! (Well, I can dream, anyway! ;-p)
So, to start off this year's challenge, I decided on:
'A' for ANCESTORS
I have to say they are a motley crew - 'ag/labs' (agricultural labourers), stonemasons, coalminers, military, naval - even a 'tea-dealer'! The 'tree' spreads upwards and outwards; so far I'm back to 1651 (confirmed) but I have a few 'branches' that hint even further back, still awaiting documentation proof.
Digging deep, these people become more than just names and statistics; slowly I'm finding out about their lives, realising that even a couple of hundred years ago how mobile they were (settling in Canada, Australia, India - even one born in an Army barracks in Bermuda!). There are connections to Queen Victoria and Bonnie Prince Charlie and even the Russian Royal House of Romanov!
Alas, I have yet to find any millionaires - but equally, no axe-murderers, thank goodness!
I wonder what these people would have made of their descendents and the very different world we live in?