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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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Mom and me sharing a laugh.

This is one of my favorite photos of my mother, Otha Beauchamp Reed, born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her family was not enumerated in the 1930 United States census when she was just a girl herself, and I hope to find out where they were living that year to tie up some loose ends in our family history.

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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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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What a wonderful way to get past square one on my genealogy “to do” list! Amy Johnson Crow has issued a challenge: “The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

Time and energy ran out last year as I had so much requiring my attention and still only 24 hours in a day. And even though I didn’t want to give up something that had helped to jump-start my love for writing again, my little blog went by the wayside.

Ironically, as I was sorting out my New Year’s Resolutions recently, I had decided to dust it off and start having fun with genealogy once again. And so, it is with that optimistic outlook in mind, that I pledge to take better care of my family tree in 2014.

Do you have genealogy resolutions you’d like to share? Perhaps you’d like to take the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge as well?