Category Archives: A to Z Challenge 2016

Ancestors: Legacy and lessons

Letter A: The first of twenty-six posts in the April 2016 Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Wish me luck and please join me on the journey!

Aug. 2014: Union encampment on Governors Island, N.Y.
Aug. 2014: Union encampment on Governors Island, N.Y. Ancestors like my gg grandfather, a Union Army soldier during the U.S. Civil War, connect us to great events. Photo: Molly Charboneau

Ancestors have lessons to teach us. Although they may have lived generations, decades or even centuries ago, their path through history leads down to us.

They connect us to great events; to past economic and political developments; and to the life of the areas, towns, cities and countries where they lived.

My great, great grandfather Arthur Bull is one example. He served in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War and probably voted at the front in 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln was re-elected — connecting his descendants to these great events.

Arthur was also hospitalized several times for war-related illness, but he played his part in a historic conflict that changed the country forever, leaving a legacy for future generations. He also survived to become the father of many children — among them my great grandmother Eva, who was born the year after he returned from the war.

Do you have ancestors who inspire you? Have you thought about researching their history?  What about writing their stories?

Follow along and see if you feel inspired to tell your ancestors’ stories as we learn about my blacksmith ancestor from Ireland in tomorrow’s post.

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April 2016 Blog Challenge: Ancestors From A to Z

Molly’s Canopy will feature daily posts on Ancestors From A to Z, one letter per day, during the April 2016 Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Wish me luck and please join me on the journey!

Later this month marks the Second Blogiversary of Molly’s Canopy, the family history blog where I have shared my ancestors’ stories, beginning with my Union Army ancestor Arthur Bull.A2Z-BADGE [2016]

To celebrate two years as a genealogy blogger, I decided to shake things up and accept the Blogging From A to Z Challenge to see if I can write daily about my ancestors throughout the month of April 2016 — one letter of the alphabet per day with Sundays off.

Because this is my first Blogging From A to Z Challenge, I missed the the earlier deadline for the Theme Reveal. But I still plan to write short, daily blog posts on the theme Ancestors From A to Z.

New format, new inspiration

Typically, blog posts on Molly’s Canopy unfold in a serial format that tells interconnected stories about a particular ancestor or family and historic events, geographical locations or occupations that influenced their lives — as revealed by my family history research.

The Blogging From A to Z Challenge will let me try a new approach — shorter, less connected posts and a chance to highlight ancestors and side-line relatives who don’t fit into the longer, serial format.

More than 1,700 bloggers are signed up so far! So visiting and commenting on other A to Z Challenge blogs during the month will also help me connect with fellow bloggers and get inspired by fresh ideas for the future.

At midnight tonight the fun begins! Wish me luck and please join me on the journey.

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