Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Genealogy Day - 12 April 2014

This may be the last journal report for almost a week - we get the grandgirls on Sunday until Friday and my writing time may be limited.

*  Read email and blogs in a hurry.  Left at 9 a.m. for the SDGS meeting, got there at 9:30, talked to many friends, got a notebook of San Diego stuff from Donna, met Annette who knew my name because of the blog post, etc.  Annette's talk was spellbinding.

*  Home by 12:30 p.m. to read, noted that Surname Saturday - ROLFE (England to New England) and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Source Have You Used the Most? posted.

*  Helped Linda with her email in-basket, which wasted over an hour of time.  Checked in on Facebook and Google+ too.

*  Wrote a post for Monday and another for Tuesday just in case my time is limited.  I know Monday will be because of the Temecula talk that night.  Downloaded some syllabus material from the Orange County FHFair site.

*  We left at 4:30 p.m. for the Godfather restaurant up on Clairemont Mesa.  Had a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary (3 weeks ago).  Posted some pictures to Facebook.

*  Home by 7 p.m. to watch the end of the Padres game.  We lost 6-2 to Detroit. Now 4-7 on the year.

*  Online at 8:45 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, and reviewed the syllabus material.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Geneaholic Friday - 11 April 2014

It was another full genealogy day, except for the Padres game, which was a gem, the best game of the year to date.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors Week 15: #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) of Killingly, Conn. posted and then wrote FGS 2014 Award Nominations Deadline is 15 June 2014.

*  Wrote April 5th Saturday Workshop Review - New York Research and April 9th Research Group Meeting Review and three more posts on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog.

*  Checked the EE blog and forums again, and wrote Should We Put Digital Image URLs in Source Citations?  Checked Facebook.

*  Answered a bunch of emails, added to the Best Of post, and wrote two posts for Saturday.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, then cut the front lawn and watered it.  Online at 6:25 p.m. and worked on the next 52 Ancestor person's notes and sources.  

*  Joined in on GenChat on Twitter at 7 p.m. and stayed the full hour - contributed some info.  Listened to the Padres game at the same time.

*  Went in at 8 p.m. to watch the Padres game and read the paper, then sorted the church stuff I have to hand over on Sunday.  Saved 1 inch, threw out 3 inches of paper.  Padres won 6-0 on a one-hitter (just out of reach of second baseman) over Detroit.  Pads now 4-6 on the season, first winning streak of the year.

*  Online at 9:30 p.m. to read, check Facebook and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.  10 blog posts written today.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Geneaholic Monday - 10 April 2014

It was a pretty good genealogy day, since there were no local sports on TV.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 209: 1789 Birth Record for Hannah Sawtell in Brookline, N.H. Town Records and Dear Randy: Can I Add a Source to my Software Program From FamilySearch Family Tree Sources? - Post 2: Legacy Family Tree and set it for later in the morning.

*  Watched the DearMYRTLE video from RootsTech about Hangouts on air, and edited the New England talk one more time.  Saved it, put it in Dropbox and got it saved on the laptop.  

*  worked on the laptop to get Google Drive, copy and Dropbox synced.  Turns out I was signed out of Google Drive.  I was adding files on the desktop but they weren't syncing.  Copy wasn't syncing either, so I signed into that on the desktop and copied more files into it and that synced.  

*  Then it was trying to figure out why the tablet wouldn't provide cell service to the laptop yesterday.  Finally figured out that I had to turn off wifi on the tablet and turn on the cell service and the laptop was able to communicate through the tablet to the Internet.  Whew!  I knew it must be something I had no clue about.

*  Answered some email, checked Facebook, and researched and wrote Searching From Within My Ancestry Member Tree, and left at 5 p.m. to meet Yvette and Ruth.

*  Got to the Dragon hole-in-the-wall that Ruth decided on at 5:30, met Yvette there and Ruth was 5 minutes late.  The dinner was OK but quick, I don't get Chinese very often with Linda's allergies. We talked a lot (well, Ruth and Yvette did, I listened.

*  We left at 6:30 p.m. and I got to the FamilySearch Library at 6:40 p.m. and found a periodical article I wanted to capture and took 30 images of it with my phone.  They came and we sat in on Margaret's class on Military records.  We surprised her with our presence.  

*  I left early at 7:45 p.m. and was home just after 8.  Read email and blogs, then worked in the database adding content and sources for the Marley and Kemp families.  Found a great naturalization record for James A. Kemp in 1908.

*  Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Geneaholic Wednesday - 9 April 2014

A typical second Wednesday for me, except for the two baseball games which I hardly watched.

*  Read email and blogs and wrote "Three Ladies Picking Poseys" In A 1920 View of the Carringer House on 30th Street -- Post 302 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then wrote SDGS Meeting on Saturday 12 April 2014 - "Witness to Gettysburg" and set it for later.

*  Printed off more of my New York handouts, and off to McDonalds at 11 a.m. for lunch and then to the library to look in on John's group, then go to the Conference Room to set up for the CVGS Research Group.  Gary brought the projector, but I couldn't make my laptop work with my tablet or phone, or the library wifi, so I used his laptop with the library's very slow wifi.  Frustrating.  We had a good meeting with 23 attending, but it would have been better with faster wifi.

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to watch the last inning of the second Padres game, they lost 2-0 and won 2-1 with Cleveland, so now 3-6 on the season.  Not a great start.

*  Online at 3 p.m. to read, then wrote Dear Randy: Can I Add a Source to my Software Program From FamilySearch Family Tree Sources?

*  Went in at 4:40 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, eat dinner, put out the trash cans and wash the dishes.

*  Helped Linda with her donor project papers - sent emails, got it on Facebook, etc.  Online at 8 p.m. to check email and blogs, add to the Best Of post, and answered several emails.

*  Worked on the DAR project for a bit looking for records for the lady's Seaver folks.  Not many more available online, it appears.

*  Worked for awhile in, and added some content and sources to the database.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 8 April 2014

Another day with a major task completed, and another started.  Warm day here in Chula Vista, high of 94 F.  Tried to call Padres about tickets but no call back.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use Genealogy Message Boards to Find Distant Cousins and then Finding Genealogy Gems in the New York Probate Records on FamilySearch and set it for later in the morning.

*  Worked on the tax returns, finished up, saved a PDF, and e-filed them.  Federal rejected it right away due to an erroneous TIN for a provider.  Fixed it.  Whew.  Expensive.  

*  Answered email, checked Facebook, and researched and wrote Update on My MyHeritage Record Matches.

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, eat dinner, water front plants and lawn,  and wash the dishes.  Padres lost 8-6 to Cleveland, and it wasn't that close.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, answer Ancestry messages, and started on 1940 census matches on Ancestry.  Did 4 or 5, adding events and sources to the database.  Sources up to 51,208.

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Geneaholic Monday - 7 April 2014

Just another manic genealogy Monday for me.  Finished some tasks!

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 213: 1832 Deed of Holland Company principals to James Vaux in Erie county, New York posted.  Jad to go back and edit the HTML a bit.

*  Got into the Mondays With MYRT green room at 8:45 a.m. and participated in the whole show.  You can watch it at

*  Answered some email, read the EE forum and the Expertise blog posts again, and wrote Musings On Genealogy "Expertise," "Elites" and Education.  Got quite a few comments on this.  Walked half a mile around the dining room track while talking on the phone.

*  Remembered I had to publish the CVGS Newsletter, so printed it off (needed a new black ink cartridge) and went down to the UPS Store for 30 copies.  Mailed them there.  

*  Home by 3:15 p.m. to check Facebook, answer more emails, and add to the Best Of post.

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to watch the Padres/Indians game, but it was rainedo ut.  Watched news, read the paper, we ate dinner, watered the front lawn, washed the dishes, and then watched the first half of the NCAA final game.  Walked down the street and back (about 0.3 miles).

*  Online at halftime to read, and wrote RootsMagic 6 Source Citation for an Public Member Tree.  Went back in at 7:50 p.m. to watch the last 10 minutes of the game.

*  Online at 8:30 p.m. to read, and worked in MyHeritage record matches confirming and rejecting the last 28 Find A Grave matches.  Found out that there were over 100 zero star matches.  Some may be useful, so will do these next.

*  Checked email and blogs, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Genealogy Sunday - 6 April 2014

Just another April Sunday - not much to see here folks.  But I was fairly busy...

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up Best of the Genea-Blogs - 30 March to 5 April 2014 before going to church at 9:30 a.m.

*  We were home by 11:45 a.m., and I watched the last three innings of the Padres/Marlins game.  Pads came from behind to win 4-2.  So they're now 2-4 on the season.  

*  Online at 1 p.m. to read, tweet the Best Of post, and work on the CVGS Newsletter.  Got it done and ready to print.  Worked on the CVGS mailing list too to get it perfect.  Transcribed a deed for James Vaux.

*  Went in at 4:15 p.m. to read the paper, take a nap, watch TV news, eat dinner, water the plants, fill the feeder, wash the dishes and take a short walk.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, answer several emails, answered an Ancestry message, checked Facebook, and wrote the Amanuensis Monday post.

*  Used Ancestry and Find A Grave to add content and sources to the G surnames in the database.  Got to Gale.  Solved several minor mysteries, added some maiden names, etc.  

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked email and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Geneaholic Saturday - 5 April 2014

This was not a really big genealogy day...but kind of a typical Saturday for me.

*  Read email, then went off to my church Men's group breakfast at Marie Callender's at 8 a.m.

*  Home at 9:30 a.m. to read blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - CLARK (England to Colonial Massachusetts) posted.

*  Worked on the step-by-step instructions for accessing New York Probate Records on FamilySearch, and printed it off.

*  Had a quick lunch, then left at 11:40 a.m. for Bonita library to help with the New York Research talk with Shirley at the CVGS Saturday Workshop.  We got set up and Shirley started at 12:30 p.m.  I started about 1:30 p.m. and went until 2:45.  Only 8 there, including Shirley and I.  Frustrating!

*  Home at 3 p.m., read email and blogs, noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genea-Selfie Photo posted, and tweeted and +ed it.

*  Went in at 3:20 p.m. to watch basketball, took a nap, read the paper, watched the Padres game (we lost 5-0 to Marlins, now 1-4), ate dinner, washed dishes and watched some of the second basketball game.

*  Online at 6:45 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and worked on the CVGS Newsletter and finished it up.  Will publish on Monday.  

*  Worked in MyHeritage Find A Grave Record Matches, confirmed 20 more (leaving only 28 unconfirmed).  Added about 60 citations and some content to the database.

*  Checked email and blogs, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Geneaholic Friday - 4 April 2014

This was a genealogy day up until it wasn't when the Padres game came on.  Then we went out for dinner.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors, Week 14: #21 Hannah (Rich) Richman/Richmond (1824-1911) of Putnam, Conn. posted.  Posted  Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Announces 2014 Webinar Launch and set it for later. 

*  Wrote the SNGF post and Surname Saturday posts.

*  Researched in New York probate records and found the estate file for James Vaux who died in 1839 in England but had an estate in Erie County.  Noted steps for this and for land records and several other datasets for the New York talk on Saturday.

*  Captured charts and wrote Has More Beautiful Multi-Generation Charts.  Transferred captured data to Ancestor Files to be input into database.  Lots to do now!  

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and tried to nap but failed.  Padres fell behind 5-0 after 4 innings, so we left at 5:30 to go to Liz's shindig in San Diego.  Had a nice time, but the food was skimpy and different.  But free!

*  Home by 8:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and work in the database.  Finished the F names.  Added content and sources - up to 51,000 exactly.

*  Checked Facebook, read blogs and email, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Geneaholic Day - Thursday, 3 April 2014

I was the blogging fool today - this is post #9 on the day, I think.  Got quite a bit accomplished too.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 208: Hannah (Rich) Richmond 1911 Obituary and Working With the Mocavo Sliders - Post 2: Answers to My Questions and set it for later.

*  Wrote CVGS Saturday Workshop on "New York Research" on 5 April at Bonita and CVGS Spring Seminar Review - Jean and Butch Hibben on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog, plus one more post.

*  Revised the Mocavo post after a late email from them.  Read email and blogs, then had lunch.

*  Worked on the CVGS workshop handout for New York Research.  Planned what I was going to present.  Still not firmed up - a task for Friday.

*  Wrote Dear Randy: What Do You Do With Wrong Information?

*  Watched the "7 Highly Frugal Habits of Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee on  Also read blogs and email and Facebook and captured SDGS handouts I missed.

*  Worked on the CVGS Newsletter for April for awhile.  Called for dinner at 5 p.m., watched TV news, read the paper, and washed dishes.  Took a short walk. 

*  Online at 6:20 to work on the 52 Ancestors post for Friday, got it done.  Got the CVGS Newsletter about 85% finished.

*  Then worked in MyHeritage record matches adding sources and content to the database.  Confirmed 20 matches on Find A Grave (leaving 48 to do, 2690 confirmed or rejected), and added about 75 sources to the database.

*  Checked blogs, added to the Best Of post, checked email, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was about 12.0 hours. Whew!