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This is an archive for reference on the 2019 and 2020 52 Ancestors challenges. For the 2021 challenge, see 52 Weeks of Accuracy.

You can join us any week of the year. Anyone who participates gets the 2020 "52 ANCESTORS" badge. There are special achievement badges for those who meet challenge milestones.

To participate simply reply to this week's 52_ancestors G2G post. Below are more details. You might also be interested in the 52 Photos sister challenge.

52 Ancestors and 52 Photos sharing challenge badges.


Reply to this Week's G2G Post

Every week we post a theme in G2G (Genealogist-to-Genealogist) forum, such as "First". The themes are usually open-ended prompts that can be interpreted in different ways. For example, "First" could be a first-born child, an immigrant ancestor, the first to go to college, etc.

Click here to see this week's post and previous posts. To see future posts, follow the tag 52_ancestors.

To reply to a post, click the "answer" link below it.

In your reply, tell us about your ancestor. What you write is entirely up to you, but please do include a link to their profile so that we can easily click over to see it.

How do you link to the profile in your reply?

To create a link:

  1. Find the URL for the profile. It will take the form where "Example-2" is the profile's WikiTree ID. You can copy this by going to profile and highlighting the URL in the address bar in your browser and then right-clicking to select "copy".
  2. In the G2G editing toolbar of your reply click the icon that looks like a chain link. Paste the URL in the URL field.

If you want to illustrate your post, see the instructions for including a photo in a G2G message on the 52 Photos page.

Is this your first week participating? Or your 52nd?

In your G2G reply you may want to mention how long you have been participating.

If it's your first week and you plan to keep participating, say so and we will award you the participation badge. If it's your 13th, 26th, or 52nd consecutive week, let us know and we will award you the achievement badge.

More Ways to Participate


Sharing a link to a profile on Facebook is a great way to involve more family members.

Be sure to include #52ancestors and #wikitree.



If you are on Twitter, you can either post a link to your blog, your post on G2G or the link to the WikiTree profile you are mentioning.

You also want to make sure you include these hashtags: #52ancestors #WikiTree #genealogy - also feel free to mention us in your Tweet with @WikiTreers!


This challenge was originally inspired by Bloggers, specifically Amy Johnson Crow. Therefore, many WikiTreers with blogs participate using their blogs.

If you write a blog post, be sure to include a link to it in your reply on G2G so we can all read it.

Put the Sticker on your profile

There is a "Sticker" that participants can add to their WikiTree profile. See Template:52_Ancestors.

Achievement Badges

There are three challenge milestone badges for the most active participants:

Can you earn badges if you don't start in January?

Yes. You do not need to start in January to earn any of the badges, even the 52 in 52 badge.

The only requirement for the achievement badges is that you participate in 13, 26, or 52 consecutive weeks. It doesn't matter when you start. You can have even started in 2018 and continue into 2020.

What if you are late to post?

You can post a reply to a week's theme at any time. You can go back and post on weeks that you missed at any time during the year.

However, in order for it to count as one of your consecutive weeks of participation, you should post your reply within 14 days of the original post date.

What if you don't have an ancestor that fits the theme?

The themes are intended to be open-ended and inclusive. You can interpret it as creatively as you like in order to participate.

Also, the profile that you share does not need to be your direct ancestor and you don't need to be the profile manager. You can share any profile on WikiTree as long as it is Public or Open.

History of the Challenge

2020 Archive

2019 Archive

2018 and Earlier

The 52 Ancestors challenge was brought to WikiTree by Robynne Lozier in 2018. Robynne was inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge that blogger that Amy Johnson Crow has been operating for a few years.

See 52 Ancestors for 52 Weeks in 2018 Challenge for the 2018 archive.

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