Friday, May 22, 2015

My Geneaholic Friday - 22 May 2015

This was another stay-at-home day, and wasn't overly exciting.  Padres lost again, too.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 73: #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814).  Researched and wrote First Look at SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2015 Mobile App and set it for later.

*  Worked on the probate presentation for CVGS, and added several more charts.  Answered email, added to the Best Of and NGS posts.  Wrote the SDGC blog post for CVGS programs.

*  Watched several YouTube videos by Pat and Russ, then two from

*  Researched and wrote Mocavo Has FREE U.S. Census Images Available Forever.  Checked Facebook and Google+.  Took a 30 minute nap.  Did email and Facebook.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV and eat dinner, watered the front yard, and online at 6:15 p.m. to write the Surname Saturday post.  

*  Went in at 7 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and read my book.  Pads lost 2-1 to the Dodgers.  Crap, now 20-23.

*  Online at 10 p.m. to add notes and sources to Humphrey White's FamilySearch Family Tree profile, I need to go back on the last few and update them too.

*  Wrote this post.  genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday - 21 May 2015

Lunch and the Padres game interrupted an all-genealogy it wasn't.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 263: 1798 Pennsylvania Direct Tax List for Rudolf Spangler in York, Penn.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of and NGS blogs, and checked my Ancestry Hints.

*  Left at 10:45 a.m. for lunch with the Rohr engineers - only 9 of us, and home by 12:45 p.m.

*  Researched and wrote Refreshing My Database Using the 52 Ancestors Weekly Theme.  Took a 30 minute nap, then online at 2:30 p.m. to read, update the NGS blog, and check Facebook and Google+.  Did some research in Ancestry, MyHeritage and GenealogyBank on Humphrey White.

*  We left at 4 p.m. for the trolley, ate at Tin Fish, then to Petco Park for the Padres game at 6:10 p.m.  Pads lost 3-0 to the Cubs.  Now 20-22.  Drat.  Not enough hitting, not enough pitching.  

*  Home by 9:45 p.m. to read, then write this post.  Genealogy today was 6.0 hours.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Geneaholic Wednesday - 20 May 2015

This was an all-genealogy day, except for the nap, until the evening.  Didn't sleep well last night...

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote The Seaver-Hildreth Gravestone in Leominster, Mass. -- Post 360 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then SCGS Genealogy Jamboree is June 4-7, 2015 in Burbank and set it for late morning.  Downloaded the Jamboree app. 

*  Went off at 11 a.m. to McDonalds for lunch, then the bank, and the library.  Sat in on John's group for awhile, then to the CVGS Computer Group which was boring.  Felt tired, home at 1 p.m. to take a nap.

*  Online at 2 p.m. to answer email, add to the Best Of post, do some WikiTree work, and wrote New Database - Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940.

*  Took a 30 minute walk around the mile track - need to do that more often.  

*  Checked email and Facebook, then went in for dinner and watched TV.  Online at 6 p.m. to work on Humphrey White profile.  Even used the White surname book I made several years ago.  Found two deeds in Bristol Count, Mass. and saved them - will transcribe some time.

*  Went in at 7:30 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and read my book.  Pads lost 3-2 to the Cubs.  Drat, so 20-21.

*  Online at 10 p.m. to read, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 19 May 2015

This was an all genealogy day until the evening and the Padres game.

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Tuesday's Tip: Review Your Ancestry Member Trees Hints Every Day.  Added some of today's Hints to the database.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of and NGS posts.  Wrote an email for the CVGS Chumps meeting.  Checked Facebook.

*  After lunch, worked a bit in Relative Finder again.  Looked at FamilySearch learning courses too. 

*  Researched and wrote Mea Culpa - The Ranslow Smith House in Jefferson County, New York.  Went in and took a nap at 2:30 p.m.

*  Online at 3:30 to read, then wrote What Are Your Top Favorite FREE Genealogy Websites?

*  Went in for dinner at 5:15 p.m., watered the front yard, and ate dinner.  Online at 6 p.m. to read, then worked some more Ancestry Hints in the database.

*  Went in at 7 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, then my book, and washed dishes.  Pads won 4-3 over Cubs, so now 20-20 on the year.  We expected better.  Frustrating.

*  Online at 10 p.m. to read, check Facebook, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Geneaholic Monday - 18 May 2015

More withdrawal from the weekend, and from Mondays With Myrt, but an all genealogy day almost.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that New or Updated Record Collections at - May 10 to 16, 2015 posted.  Worked in MyHeritage on Instant discoveries for awhile, then on Record Matches, adding content and sources to my database.

*  Answered email, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 268: Will of George Martin (1618-1686) of Amesbury, Mass. posted.  Updated the NGS compendium post.

*  Worked more in MyHeritage Record Matches, then researched and wrote Free Genealogy Courses on Ancestry Academy.

*  Found two new circles in my AncestryDNA, still no discoveries though.  Looked through his tree a bit, and added some info on his line to my database.

*  Went in and took a nap at 4 p.m., then watched TV and ate dinner.  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, then worked in FamilySearch Family Tree matching ancestral family members using RootsMagic.  Lots of IOUS.

*  Added two families to the Lincoln ancestry, including content and sources, to the database.  Then worked through 20 more 1920 US Census Hints adding content and sources.  

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, answered email, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Genealogy Weekend - 16-17 May 2015

This was a road trip weekend, but significant genealogy activities occurred.

1)  Saturday, 16 May 2015:

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Surname Saturday -- LNU (married Joseph Hartshorn in colonial Massachusetts) posted.

*  We left at 9 a.m. for Huntington Beach.  I dropped Linda off at Tami's and hurried off to the Whittier Area Genealogical Society meeting.  Got there in time for lunch, got set up, and gave my Probate Records talk at 1:30 p.m. after the business meeting.  There were about 60 in attendance.

*  Drove back to Huntington Beach, got there at 3:40 p.m., took a short nap, and we left at 4:30 p.m. for dinner at Marie Callenders.  After dinner, we checked into the hotel and I got on the Internet for several hours.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Where Were Your Ancestors 150 Years Ago? posted and updated the Best Of post.

*  Watched TV also, and went to bed early aft 9:30 p.m.

2)  Sunday, 17 May 2015:

*  Slept in until 7:20 a.m., we went for breakfast in the hotel lobby, and I edited my Ancestry presentation until we left at 10:30 a.m.

*  Met Tami and fmaily at Starbucks, then we went to lunch at In n Out, and I took off at 12:15 p.m. for Long Beach and the Questing Heirs Genealogical Society.  They met in a new venue for them, but they were organized and set up was easy.  Gave my Ancestry presentation at 1:15 and the new Pennsylvania talk at 2:45.  Had a 30 minute break in between for snacks.  There were about 50 in attendance.

*  Got back to Tami's at 4 p.m., and went up to Audrey's room and had a nap.  We had dinner at 5 p.m. and left at 6 p.m. for home.  Had some time with Lolo, Audrey and Charlie but no pictures.  I forgot!

*  We left at 6 and got home at 7:30 p.m.  I got on the computer, noted that Best of the Genea-Blogs -- 10 to 16 May 2015 and Added or Updated Databases at - Week of May 10 to 16, 2015 posted.

*  Started the new Best Of post and updated the NGS 2015 Conference Blog Compendium post.  Transcribed a document and wrote the Amanuensis Monday post.  Wrote this post.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Genealogy Day - 15 May 2015

Had a major hiccup tonight - couldn't find my updated presentation for Saturday.  Whew.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 72: #87 Ann Warren (ca 1764-????) and Randy Will be Presenting at Questing Heirs Genealogical Society on Sunday, 17 May 2015 and set it for later.

*  Went off at 10 a.m. for the dental office and finished up the deep cleaning.  What a waste of good genealogy time.

*  Home by 11:45 a.m., added to the Best Of and NGS posts.  Wrote FamilySearch Relative Finder - Finding Famous (?) Cousins and set it for later.  Worked a bit matching folks in FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Answered email, checked Facebook, wrote the SNGF post, and then the Ancestry and FS posts for the weekend.

*  Went in at 5:20 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV and eat dinner.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, and work on the FSFT some more.  

*  Went in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game and read my book.  Got the laptop out in the 6th inning to make sure the Saturday presentation was ready to go.  Had them on Dropbox, Google Drive and the flash drive.  all were old - I panicked and checked the desktop and it was old too - I forgot to update the presentation after the South Bay talk.  Drat.  Updated it, copied it to Dropbox, Google Drive and flash drive, and then made sure it worked on the laptop.  Yep.  Everything's fine.  Whew.  Padres lost 10-0 in worst game of the year.  Now 19-18.  

*  Online at 10 p.m. to update the NGS post, check Facebook, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Genealogy Day - 14 May 2015

This was an all genealogy day until the afternoon, when we planned to go to the Padres game, but it rained this afternoon, so we didn't.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 262: 1787 Martin Carringer Pennsylvania Tax List Entry and gussied up thNGS 2015 Conference Blog Compendium post.

*  Wrote two posts on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog, and then wrote Randy is Presenting at Whittier Area Genealogical Society on Saturday, 16 May.

*  Made the hotel reservation and made the maps for the weekend trip.  Checked Facebook, and answered email.  Wrote up the Stump summary.  Wrote the Surname Saturday post and put more into the Best Of post.  Wrote the 1920 U.S. Census Errors for SMITH Surname post.

*  Email from Jean about the Ranslow Smith house.  She looked in Jefferson county records and thinks it was not the one I think it was.  I tend to agree with her.  Oh well.  Received the Old Houses article from her.  Did a lot of looking at Google Maps - too bad they don't have Street View on that road.

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to take a nap, and when I got up it was raining and cold.  We decided not to go to the game because of rain, cold, slippery, and possible rain delays.  

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to eat dinner and watch TV.  Online at 6 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post and NGS post, and then worked on the CVGS Program list for Jane.

*  Went in to watch the Padres game at 7:10, and they got through one batter when the rains came.  The rain delay lasted until 9:10.  I finished up the Program List and answered more email.  Checked Facebook some more.  

*  Game started back up at 9:10 and Padres jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings.  I read my book, washed dishes, and came to the computer twice to read, add to the NGS post, and now to write this post.  It's 11:10 in the 7th inning now, and I think I'll go to bed.

*  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Genealogy Wednesday - 13 May 2015

This was not quite an all-genealogy day, but it was fun, and the Padres won tonight, so all's right for awhile.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote The Ranslow Smith House in Henderson, N.Y. -- Post 359 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and wrote CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 16 May Features Kitty Cooper and set it for later.  Also wrote I Took the Tuesday's Tip Post Down - UPDATED and set it for early afternoon.

*  Left at 11 a.m. with the laptop for lunch at McDonalds, then to the library to host the CVGS Research Group.  We had 20, a good turnout.  Had a meeting for the Stump the Chumps panel afterwards.

*  Home at 3 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of and NGS post, and was really tired, so took a 40 minute nap.  

*  Online at 5 p.m. to read, then went in at 5:15 to watch TV, eat dinner, and put out the trash.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to update the two newspaper spreadsheet posts after Ronny and Miriam agreed on the issue.  Whew!

*  Went in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and my new Mary Higgins Clark book.  Pads won 4-2 over Mariners, so now 18-17 on the season.

*  Online at 10:15 p.m. to read, check Facebook, add to the Best Of and NGS posts, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Genealogy Tuesday - 12 May 2015

This was a pretty full genealogy day until the evening, when the Padres lost again.  Drat.  Ruined the day for me.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - A Digital Newspaper Archive Database and then updated my Pennsylvania presentation and practiced it.

*  Added to the Best Of post, and worked in MyHeritage for a bit, then wrote Mining the NewspaperARCHIVE Collection on MyHeritage Record Matches.  Worked more in MyHeritage confirming or ignoring matches.

*  Checked Facebook, answered email, and played with two of the timeline programs I found.  

*  Wrote New Database -- Oregon Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1911-1946.  Took a 30 minute nap.  Answered more email.

*  Went in to watch TV, eat dinner and water the front yard.

*  Online at 6 p.m. again to read, copy stuff to Dropbox, then worked with Ancestry Hints to add content to the database.  Ignored 170 Hints.

*  Went in at 7:10 p.m. to watch the Padres game.  Read the paper, finished my book, and got the laptop out to set up for Wednesday CVGS Research Group.  Read blogs, Facebook, and added some photos to Pinterest.  Padres lost 11-4 to Mariners and it wasn't that close.  Now 17-17.  Can't hit consistently, can't pitch consistently.

*  Online at 10:30 p.m. to read, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.