The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge is fast approaching the end, but we’re still not there yet … and this week brings us to the letter X. As the English language doesn’t contain a whole lot of X words, I’m thinking this could be a toughy, so I’m really intrigued to see what everyone comes up with.

Do you have a special ancestor, a place, or a document, an heirloom or something else that relates to your own family history that starts with the letter X that you’d like to write about … if so do tell, we’d love to hear about it.

Throughout this Alphabet Challenge, we’ve had everything from ships that ancestors emigrated on, ancestors, streets, occupations, attributes, various records, towns, memorials, websites and a whole bunch more.

Even though we’re nearing the end of the Alphabet Challenge, we’d love for you to join us. Please feel free to join in for one or two letters, or even start from the beginning and work at your own pace, whatever works for you.

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 ‘X’ 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 : X is for… Xmas
Among My Branches, Family History Through the Alphabet – X is for X-Chromosomes and X-STR Tests
AncestorChasing, X is ….. An Unknown Quantity
Australian Genealogy Journeys, X is for X as in Mannix – Family History Through the Alphabet – Week 24
Dance Skeletons, X is for… Xyloid
Family History Across the Seas, Family History Alphabet: X is for Scandalous
Family History Fun, X if for EXcitement, EXamining, EXpressing, EXploring & EXcursions – A-Z Challenge
Finding Eliza, X is for eXcelsior Springs
Geniaus, Family History Through the Alphabet – X is for … keep it open
lonetester HQ, Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge: X is for … Signatures
Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family, Xx is for – Crossroads
Strong Foundations, X is for XMAS Greetings from the past
What’s Past is Prologue, X is for Xavier
Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog, Family History Through the Alphabet – X is for … Xainte Dupont