It’s been a long while between posts. During that time I have continued my search into my bloodlines and have even recently returned from the adventure of travelling to Iceland, to reconnect with the land and my people and to delve deeper into the history and lives of my ancestors.
Now, though is the time to put pen to paper or fingertip to keyboard to write about the people that came before me, in a way to honour their lives and also so to ensure that my children have something in English to read about their ancestors, if it happens to interest them one day.
Alphabet Ancestors was an idea of mine, inspired by Amy Crow Johnson’s “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge with the goal to blog about one ancestor per post in the hopes of getting into the habit of writing regularly.
However, I’ve spun a twist to this. I feel very lucky to have the benefit of Íslendingabók, an online national genealogical database listing all of my known ancestors from now back to the viking ages, but because I have hundreds of ancestors to choose from it frequently leaves me baffled as to where to start and who to start with so I’ve decided to select my ancestors using the letters of the Icelandic alphabet. Each post will be a letter of the alphabet and I must chose an ancestor from my tree, whose name begins with that letter.
The challenge will run for 32 weeks from A to Ö, as the Icelandic alphabet consists of 32 letters, some of which are not found in the English alphabet and only the Icelanders use. Icelandic also does not contain the letters C, Q W and Z. Added letters are Á, É, Ð, Í, Ó, Ú, Ý, Þ, Æ and Ö.
Let the challege begin……