This is my 6th year participating in the A to Z blogging challenge. You can find the other 5 years at this link A to Z posts. And this link will take you to other Theme Reveals.
During this A to Z Challenge I will, as usual, be focusing on family history. I want to do two things. First, I want to show that finding one document can lead you to other information in ways you never expected. Second, I want to follow some of those leads to bring more humanity to the formerly enslaved Cleages of Athens, McMinn County Tennessee, and their community.
During the past year I have completed two long running investigations where I posted daily, for 42 days each. In the first I used letters written by my grandmother, Pearl Reed Cleage, to her friend, Homer, from 1903 to 1905. In the second I used testimony from Katie Cleage’s Widow’s Pension File to tell her story in the words of those involved.
While doing them I learned the value of a good title. I hope that this knowledge will stand me in good stead during this year’s challenge and give me a little more leeway in presenting the posts in both alphabetical and time order.
32 thoughts on “One Thing Leads to Another”
Love the idea of “one thing leads to another,” Kristin. That has been one of the delights in following your investigations this past year–all the unexpected discoveries along the way. It also gives me an idea of using the end of one post to lead into the next, so that what might otherwise be a mere list gains some coherence and momentum as the each day follows the last.
I like the idea of tying them together. I also want to put my posts in order, like I did with those I did when it wasn’t A-Z and I’m hoping I can use creative titles to do it, if they don’t naturally just spring to mind.
Welcome back to the challenge! I like the new design 🙂 Looking forward to your posts, as always! 🙂
The Multicolored Diary
Thanks! I started feeling crowded with the side bar. Looking forward to following you too.
Great to see you’re back here. As always, I know I will enjoy your posts and learn massively from them. Looking forward to April.
Looking forward to following you again this year too. Hope I can get posts written in the next two weeks.
I love reading your work here so much! I wasn’t great at keeping up with new posts, but then I saw I could subscribe and get an email whenever they were up. I’m not missing anything now!
I love learning about other people’s family history, and seeing how they conducted genealogical research. So many things truly lead into important discoveries when finding information about ancestors.
Your theme looks interesting! All those photos of silent movies.
I like the idea of your theme. Looking forward to reading!
Looking forward to following your family news items.
Ohhhhh, this looks amazing to follow the next month. I love family history.
Meditation is something I always say I am going to do, but rarely do it. Maybe following your A-Z posts will push me to actually meditate on a regular basis.
Fantastic theme as usual. It is fascinating how research can bring us in unexpected places.
And let me tell you, I love your blog’s new look!
It is and this year it has really done that for me. Glad you like the new look.
Six years of A to Zedding! (or should that be Zee-ing?!). I have really enjoyed following your posts each year and gaining a different perspective.
I look forward to learning more about the Cleage family and the information you didn’t expect. Following down rabbit holes is great fun.
Your new layout looks great.
Either way works – zee or zed 🙂
The only thing that’s put me off delving into my family’s past is the fear that I might come across something I’d rather not know! Looking forward to seeing where your journey takes you.
Keith’s A-Z Ramblings!
I haven’t found anything like that yet.
Great title! Not only very true, but a fun lens on historical research. I look forward to it.
I am enjoying snatches of your beastiary but am trying so hard to get some sort of order to my A-Z that it’ll probably be April before I can comment regularly
I wasn’t sure if I could take on the A to Z this year since I’m working on the 52 Ancestors. It is calling to me though and I’m thinking I’d do A to Z of vintage family photos. I can analyze each one and provide documents and news clippings perhaps to supplement the picture of each day.
That sounds very interesting. I hope you do it.
I look forward to reading your posts, Kristin. I am intrigued by your theme, and also am keen to discover what you have learned about creating an effective title for blog posts.
Thanks Scotsue. Are you doing A-Z this year?
Sounds fascinating! Will come back in April to check out your posts, Kristin. Wish you the best with the A2Z Challenge
Your theme sounds interesting too and I will be following you through the A-Z
Genealogy research has kept me intrigued for decades. I look forward to reading your A to Z posts.
Looking forward to reading your blog posts during the challenge.
I will check in on your hometown tourist series.
Loving the idea that one thing leads to another. Looking forward to your posts.
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