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The Janus god, « looking to the future and to the past » | Download  Scientific Diagram

In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of doors, gates, and transitions. What is unusual about the god Janus is his iconic image. As the god of transitions and dualities, Janus is portrayed with two faces—one facing the past, and one facing the future.* As such, he is the ideal namesake for the first month of the Roman calendar, January.

Looking back on the year 2020 with its enforced lockdowns and quarantines, I have found time to plan my genealogy “do-over” following Thomas MacEntee’s outline of attack. In going through boxes of notes and photos, I’ve discovered several documents and followed several hints to intriguing scenarios.

Looking ahead to 2021, I’m inspired to examine my ancestors more closely and to climb further up my family tree. I’m certain that I’ll be finding duplicates, misinformation, unrelated individuals and maybe even surprises. In addition, I may begin to break through my brick walls and solve a few mysteries.

In any event, I’m excited that 2021 will be a year that I finally commit my time, energy and words to my AncesTrees blog.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
Week 2: Challenge

Because my New Year’s resolution was to keep in touch with my DNA matches, it should not have been a surprise when I went to my Ancestry Message Center and found that notes from my “cousin matches” had been piling up.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019

No more procrastination! First things first!

I’ve just discovered that many of the things I’m setting aside time for now that I’ve retired (on the so-called bucket list) are things that I thought of doing many years ago and put off for one reason or another.

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Looking back at my lack of dedication to this project in 2015, I am almost afraid to try again. But thank you, Amy Johnson Crow, for giving me another chance.

The prompt for the first week in January is Start. A small word for that all important first step forward, or in the case of genealogists, backward as we search for those who have come before us.

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In this brand new year, with every day just waiting to be lived and more ancestors just waiting to be discovered, there is so much potential for writing new stories. So the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge seems like the perfect way to bring these stories to life.

And since I’m encouraged that I was able to follow through on my resolve to reach out each day to someone who shares and/or is researching my ancestors, I’m going to choose one ancestor each week and write a little story. As Amy Johnson Crow says, “No story is too small.”