Jan 072019

For the last year I had been following Amy Johnson Crow’s series of prompts for blogging about your ancestors and genealogy research – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – but never quite managed to get started, and almost before I knew it the prompt for Week 52 was upon us, and I hadn’t yet done Week 1. So here we are almost at the end of Week 1 of 2019, and this is my start. This is what Amy sent out for January:

The January Prompts
Week 1 (January 1-7): First
Week 2 (January 8-14): Challenge
Week 3 (January 15-21): Unusual Name
Week 4 (January 22-28): I’d Like to Meet
Week 5 (January 29-February 4): At the Library

Week 1: First
Who was the first ancestor you found who you didn’t personally know? Who was the first ancestor to arrive in the country? Who was the first child in one of your ancestral families? First to go to college? First husband out of a string of many?

I decided not to answer any of those questions, but rather just get my first post completed and published before Week 1 had ended.

I have been researching genealogy ever since I went to a “Descendants of the first Moffat to emigrate to New Zealand in 1862” family reunion, that was held over Easter 1989, organised by Uncle Peter Moffat. I’ll write about that another time, but in the meantime here are another couple of “firsts” for this “first” post – probably the first pictures of me that I have, with 3 of the 4 first ancestors I ever met. I guess my Mum and Dad were the first ancestors I met, and at least as far as I know, Dad’s parents – Grandma and Grandad were the next. These pictures were perhaps taken at Christmas 1955 when I was 11 months old. They were definitely taken at the Glenavon farm at Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand – Grandad’s farm where Dad grew up as a boy.

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