Theme Reveal A-Z Challenge 2022

I Was There! The 1950 US Census.

Me in front of the parsonage. October 1950 Springfield, Massachusetts.

I have gone through a couple of possible themes for this year’s A to Z Challenge… my grandfather Poppy’s migration from Alabama to Detroit in 1917, and revisiting favorite posts from the past 12 years of blogging.

Cick for more info on the AtoZ Challenge

Then I realized that the 1950 U. S. census would be released on April 1 and I decided that was what I wanted to be doing all of April and beyond, looking at the 1950 Cenus because I WAS THERE!

So, that is going to be my theme. I’ve written a few hypothetical posts about what I expect to find, now I can fact check and see what was really going on. Or what my family told the census taker anyway. Also included will be various facts about what was going on in my four year old life – what books was I being read, visits to and from Detroit, what toys was I playing with, milk delivery by horse and wagon and what was the news of the day (which most likely passed me by at the time).

I am going to try and get some posts written between now and then, after all there are three weeks and if I do one post a day, it’ll be almost as stressful as doing one post a day during the challenge. Not quite though. I can do all of them except those that I actually need to see the 1950 Census for. I think.

This will be my ninth A to Z Challenge. My first was in 2012 and I missed last year, only doing two before dropping out. I’m looking forward to reliving life as a four year old, with good knees and my life before me.

28 thoughts on “Theme Reveal A-Z Challenge 2022

  1. I’m really looking forward to reading what you find out, what you focus on. And seeing more pictures of cute little Kristin is always a bonus. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your writing, friend.

  2. I was born in Detroit in 1950 and my sisters were born in 1947 and 1948. I can’t wait to finally see my name on a census after looking at thousands over the past 30 plus years! My sister Vicki graduated with Pearl and they were named two of the prettiest seniors at Northwestern High! The photo of four year old Kristin is too cute. You’re still beautiful.

  3. What a fun thing to do…I was also around in the 50s…and a senior in high school in 59. Can’t wait to see those census reports! I have learned so much about my ancestors from those old records. I haven’t even done the A-Z challenge, because I do most of my photos around town these days. So I tend to be only into the research aspect of my life a small percent of the time. I love reading about your family, so even if I don’t comment, I’ll be here enjoying what you write!

    1. You can do the A to Z about anything, even using your photos around town if you wanted to. Let’s see, in 1959 I turned 13. I graduated in 1964. I hope you’ll comment sometimes but good to know you will be here reading!

    1. If you decide to work on it, start with yourself and work backwards. Talk to all the living family members, especially those older than you. Their memories and thoughts about the past and your family will give you material to work with.

    1. That would have fit so well with your theme! I still have all the information sitting here and need to write them up. But not this challenge. When I realized that the 1950 Census was going to be released next month, I couldn’t resist.

  4. What an excellent way to spend the month of April 2022! I’m looking forward to what you learn and what I’ll learn about my parents and aunts and uncles and other missing bits on my tree.

  5. This is an exciting topic! Last year, while I saw grandpa starting to write his memoirs,
    he showed me some notes with his genealogic tree on them, and so a new passion began. Reading the census and how did our ancestors live sounds so thrilling. I wish you lots of fun and success! 😀

  6. That will be a fun theme Kristin. I admire your commitment, doing so many over the years. I have a theme in mind, but not sure whether I’ll make it.

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