Recap and Reflections on “Endwell: My Early Teen Years” #AtoZChallenge

Recap and Reflections on “Endwell: My Early Teen Years” — Including all 26 posts in the April 2021 Blogging from #AtoZChallenge. Thanks for joining me on the journey and commenting along the way!

Now that the April 2021 Blogging from #AtoZChallenge is over, I am happy to be among the winners who completed the online marathon — for the fourth time!

After a frenetic month of blogging six days a week, I’ll be relieved to return to weekly blogging as I continue to explore my ancestors’ lives and the research techniques I used to find them.

Endwell, N.Y., 1965: In our willow tree at age 15 — I had survived my early teens and was headed to High School. Photo by Norm Charboneau

Yet it was fun taking a deep dive into my early teens in Endwell, N.Y, during the early 1960s. Stay tuned — I’m considering a sequel about my late teens next year!


Below are links to my #AtoZChallenge 2021 posts about Endwell: My Early Teen Years, adding my story to the family history mix. Please check out any you may have missed. Comments are still open on the later posts and I love hearing from readers!

Malverne Rd. and Shady Dr. Home base for “Endwell: My Early Teen Years.” Photo: Amy L. Williamson (2020)


Busier than last year. Overall, I found this A to Z was busier than last year — in part because I went all-in on trying to comment regularly. The participant list identified genealogy and family history bloggers to help me focus my visits/comments — but I visited around a bit, too, making it a true blogfest!

Great camaraderie. Overall, I learned so much from the meaningful camaraderie and thoughtful comments I received — and from the blogs I visited. I was gratified by the positive feedback and parallel experiences that visiting bloggers shared. And it was nice to catch up with bloggers from previous A to Z Challenges.

Embracing memoir. My blog focuses on ancestral research — but it’s also important to include ourselves in the mix, leaving an online diary like the ones we wish our ancestors had left. That’s why I followed up earlier A to Z themes on my early childhood (2017) and my  elementary years (2020) with a series this year about my early teens.

Many thanks to everyone who visited, subscribed, followed and commented on Molly’s Canopy. You made my fourth #AtoZChallenge so rewarding. Please join me throughout the year as my genealogy journey continues!

Up next: After a brief break, regular blogging resumes at Molly’s Canopy. Please stop back!

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12 thoughts on “Recap and Reflections on “Endwell: My Early Teen Years” #AtoZChallenge”

  1. I really enjoyed following along with your A to Z posts ! I also felt there was great camaraderie this year and that fellow bloggers took the time to leave thoughtful comments. It was like visiting with old friends.Weekends In Maine

  2. Congrats, Molly. Fun, and interesting story of your teen years. Well deserved!

  3. It was interesting to read about someone else’s teen years, especially in a place so far from my own growing up. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your early teen years were fun, and related to great historical events, very informative. Thank you for the US history courses 😉. Yeah for being a winner 🏆!

  5. I read much more than I commented this year and enjoyed your series and comparing it with my own early teens a few years earlier in Detroit. Looking forward to next years late teens.

    And congrats on completing your 4th challenge.

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