32 Ancestors Project

Thanks to modern record keeping and DNA testing, it is fairly easy to research parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Things can start get challenging around the 2nd great-grandparents, and by the time we start to learn about our 3rd great-grandparents, there are so many difficulties with finding accurate records that it takes an experienced family historian or genealogist to form the correct conclusions about who our ancestors are.

Everyone has thirty-two biological 3rd great-grandparents. Those from blended families, including remarriages and adoptions, might include even more ancestors in their family tree!

This year, I’m going to dive in to the notes and records that I’ve collected on my own 3rd great-grandparents. I’ll use the information to write a research report and then pick out the most interesting bits about each person to write a blog post.

I was born around 1980, so my 3rd great-grandparents lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction Era of American history. Some were first generation Americans, while others were from families who had been living in North American for hundreds of years by that point.

In the year 2020, we were plagued by a pandemic, political unrest, and more; but we aren’t the first generation to struggle and overcome adversity. Our ancestors have a lot to teach us about appreciating the time period that we live in, and about what it means to be a citizen of the United States and a citizen of the planet Earth.

In 2021, my goal is to record and share the stories of my “32 Ancestors,” in the hopes that we can learn from the past and realize that we aren’t alone in our struggles. Others have persevered through similar challenges and we are the evidence of their successes.

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