Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week 18 brings us to the letter ‘R’.

As with each week, the one rule of this Alphabet Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history, and this weeks letters is ‘R’. So tell us of a place, a person, a ship, a document, a trait, or a heirloom (or anything else) relating to your own family history that starts with the letter R! The choice is entirely yours … and throughout this Challenge, we’ve had so many great topics already.

We still have 9 weeks (including today’s) to go in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, so if anyone new wants to join in please feel free to do so. Join us for one or two letters, or the rest of the alphabet, whatever works for you. We’d love to have you.

We’ve recently had some new geneabloggers join in, so continue to spread the word, and now have bloggers from Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Amongst them there are connections to many, many countries right across the world.

Just a reminder that you can view all the geneabloggers posts for each letter by going to that letter’s page, and scrolling to the bottom – they’re all listed there.

We will list all posts from fellow geneabloggers for the letter “R” below. If you’re a tweeter, and wish to contribute or just follow the topic, follow the #fhalphabet hashtag. On Facebook, you can comment under each letter’s post.

If you do have any queries regarding the Challenge, feel free to email Alona at

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Here’s the contributions from the genealogy blogging community. I’ve listed the blog name alphabetically, followed by the post:

A Pocket Full of Family Memories, Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge : R is for… Zachariah Rudd and Sarah Rivett
Among My Branches, Family History Through the Alphabet – R is for Religion and Rhode Island
AncestorChasing, R is for …. Remembrance
Australian Genealogy Journeys, R is for Randall – Family History Through the Alphabet – Week 18
Dance Skeletons, R is for… Rowland Coe.
Discovering Latvian Roots, R is for Raduraksti
Family History Across the Seas, Family History Alphabet: R is for ……… R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Family History Fun,  R is for Regret, Receipts, Reconnecting, Railways & Regional Names: A-Z Challenge
FamilyHistoryforU, Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge: R for RELATIONSHIPS
Finding Eliza, R is for Route 1 Box 173 & 1/2
Geniaus, Family History Through the Alphabet – R is for …Online (Reading that is)
lonetester HQ, Family History Through the alphabet Challenge: R is for … Reference Books and Rainbows
Olga’s Genealogy, Genealogy by means of the alphabet – R is for Rozema [translated from Dutch]
Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family, Rr is for – Rhizome
Strong Foundations, R is for RECIPES
Western District Families, R is for … Riddiford
What’s Past is Prologue, R is for Religion
Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog, Family History Through the Alphabet – R is for… religious records