Monday, December 17, 2018

Randy's Genea-Journal - Monday, 17 December 2018

Only 8 more getups until Christmas, and our plans have firmed up a bit.  More later.  This was a fairly full genealogy day with a shopping trip in the middle of it.

*  Read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Bond of Stow and Levi Hildreth with Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. posted.

*  Joined Mondays with Myrt in the green room, and we talked about a lot of topics - see the Genea-Pourri post.  

*  Took an hour long rest and nap.  Had lunch, then left for the post office to mail cards, to the gas station to fill up, and to the grocery store for food.  Home by 1:45 p.m.

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Monday Genea-Pourri - 17 December 2018.  Checked Twitter and Facebook.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, read the paper and do dishes.  Watched a bit of WDYTYA? but Linda didn't care. 

*  Online at 6:45 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and write the Treasure Chest post.  Emailed the Christmas letter to friends.  Lori called about Christmas.

*  TreeShared 60 profiles, and have about 80 more to do.  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Genea-Journal - Sunday, 16 December 2018

This was not much of a genealogy day with church and football, but I made some progress.  And even got out the Christmas tree and put it up after about five years in the garage.  We still need to decorate it, and 20% of the lights don't work.  It's the spirit that counts, right?

*  Read email and blogs and finished up the Best Of post.  We left for church at 9:40 a.m. and learned that the pastor was leaving.  

*  Home by 11:20 a.m., noted that Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018 posted, and transcribed the deed and wrote the Amanuensis post.  

*  Went in at 12:30 to have lunch, then watched football and read the paper, and even got a 45 minute nap.  Got the fake tree out of the garage, and cleaned it up a bit, and set it up in the living room.  Some of the lights don't work, and it needs some decorations and we'll do that this week.  Watched more football until 4:15.

*  Online to read, noted that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 December 2018 posted.  Worked some on random profiles in the database trying to add content and sources to the tree.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to eat dinner, watch the late game, and wash dishes.  Got the last of the cards finished too.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, matched some profiles with Family Tree in James' line and added some of his ancestors to my tree.  Then resolved about 90 Ancestry Hints, adding content and sources to the RootsMagic tree.

*  Went in to watch Football Night in San Diego at 8:45, and online at 9:30 to check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 5.0 hours.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Genea-Journal - Saturday, 15 December 2018

This was a different Saturday - had my men's breakfast meeting, then home to find RootsMagic was honked up, I think by Ancestry.  That got fixed in the late afternoon.  Whew!  Got all the Christmas cards done, except we need more cards.

*  Read email and blogs on my phone, and we left at 7:30 a.m. for Marie Callenders for breakfast with my men's Bible Study group.  Had a nice time.  Home by 9:45 a.m.

\*  Online to read blogs, noted that Surname Saturday -- BOYLSTON (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.  

*  Tried to use RootsMagic and received an SQLite error.  Shut down RootsMagic, tried again, couldn't sign into Ancestry using TreeShare or WebHints.  Rebooted the computer and still the problem.  Went to Facebook and many users had the problem, and found out that Ancestry had implemented their Two-Step Verification scheme for security, and that messed up the API that RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker use to sync with Ancestry Member Trees and provide WebHints.  Bruce Buzbee fixed it in the afternoon, and it works now.  He probably talked them into letting us bypass the Two-Step scheme until it can be implemented with a new API and RM release.

*  Had lunch, noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Surname Christmas Tree posted.  Wrote the FamilySearch and Ancestry update posts.  Checked Facebook regularly.

*  Went in at 2 p.m. to watch TV and try to nap in the recliner.  Partial success.  Felt crappy - I think it's the breakfast.

*  Online at 3:30 p.m. to read, checked Twitter and Facebook, and we did the rest of the Christmas cards.  We need another box of cards to finish off the last 5 envelopes.  Tomorrow?

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, read the paper, and then watched football and did the dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, noted that Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018 posted, and then worked in RootsMagic finding random Seaver profiles not in FamilySearch Family Tree.  Matched many profiles and added content both ways as required.  

*  Added to the Best Of post, answered email, and checked Facebook.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 5.0 hours.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Genea-Journal - Friday, 14 December 2018

Whew, a busy day.  Done with shopping...got the cards almost finished, wrote six blog posts...only 11 more getups before Santa arrives.

*  Online at 7:45 a.m., noted that 52 Ancestors - Week 256: #381 Anna (Barber) Kenyon (1717-after 1800) of Rhode Island and Connecticut posted, read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post.

*  Wrote New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 14 December 2018 and RootsTech 2019 Announces FREE Live Stream Presentation Schedule and set them for later.

*  Left at 11:15 a.m. and went to the library to get books.  Home by 12 noon.  Had lunch.  Read blogs.  Answered email.  Tried to nap.

*  Online at 1 p.m. to work on Genealogy News Bytes - 14 December 2018, then checked Twitter and Facebook.  Added to the Best Of post.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday and SNGF posts.  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to eat dinner, watch TV news, water the front plants, read the paper and wash dishes.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, folded about 40 letters and stuffed envelopes with Linda.  Printed off the second side of the other 40 letters done a week ago before the printer problem.  Almost done - have to fold and stuff the letter in the card in the envelope and lick the seal (will someone save my DNA on the Christmas card envelope?).

*  TreeShared 75 profiles, resolved 250 Ancestry Hints, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Genea-Journal - Thursday, 13 December 2018

Almost done with shopping now.  We went to Costco and I bought a printer ($$) and more ink ($$$).  The Chargers won.  I blogged a bit.

*  Online at 8 a.m. to read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, and noted that 1748 Guardianship of Christopher Kenyon -- Post 440 for Treasure Chest Thursday posted.  

*  Wrote the Seavers in the News - William K. Seaver Dies in 1951 in Utah post and set it for later.

*  We left at 11 a.m. for Costco, and got my printer (an HP 6958 for $89, they had only two models) and extra ink ($140), plus other things we needed.  Had lunch there.  Home by 1 p.m.

*  Set up the printer.  The CD didn't work, so I used the website to install software.  The wireless didn't work because it couldn't find my IP address and SSID (whatever that is), so I hooked it up by USB.  Tested it out and it works fine.  Printed off 40 Christmas letters two sided - about one per minute on average.  Multi-tasked with email and blog reading while it worked.

*  Checked Twitter and Facebook.  Worked on the 52 Ancestor subject and got the blog post started.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch the Chargers game, ate dinner, read the paper, and more of my book.  Chargers were behind by 14 three times and came back to win 29-28 on a two point conversion with 4 seconds left.  Whew!  So tied with KC at 11-3 now, but still a wild card team at this time.

*  Online at 8:45 p.m. to write the 52 Ancestors post, answered email, checked Facebook, and added to the Best Of post.  Genealogy today (not counting the printer installation) was 4.5 hours.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Genea-Journal - Wednesday, 12 December 2018

This was almost an all genealogy day.  I did some shopping, and we went to the CVGS luncheon.  Tried to fix the printer again.

*  Online at 7:30 a.m., read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, and noted that Randy and Grandpa Having Fun in 1945 -- Post 544 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday posted.

*  Did some shopping for Linda and failed again.  JC Penneys is the only outlet for one beautiful item in the right color and no other store sells it.  They're out of it - returned my money.  Crap.

*  We wrapped two packages, and got the cranberry sauce in a dish and some cans to donate, and off to the CVGS luncheon.  The food was OK, but the program was too long.  Gary played Victor Borge videos that weren't loud enough and weren't that funny.  We picked two packages in the gift exchange with candles.  Crap.  We will regift them next year if we can find where I hid them.

*  Home by 2 p.m. to read, and wrote Dear Randy - Why Do You Write the 52 Ancestors Friday Posts?  Checked Twitter and Facebook.  

*  Worked with the printer by turning all text into green and red.  That worked for the text, but the photos came out screwy.  Changed all the cartridges and they're still screwy.  I think the black print head or the cartridge exit is clogged.  Will try again, but I think I'm getting a new printer for Christmas!

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. for dinner, read the paper, put out the trash, watched TV news, and washed dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, wrote the Treasure Chest post, and then TreeShared 120 profiles in RootsMagic.  About 60 left now.  Did Amazon gift card shopping.  Only Linda left now!

*  Checked Facebook, answered email, added to the Best Of post, and done.  Genealogy today was 10 hours.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Genea-Journal - Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Two weeks until Christmas now.  I still need to do some shopping.

*  Online at 7:30 a.m. to read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, and noted that Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1934 Obituary of Paul F. Schaffner (1879-1934) in San Francisco, Calif. posted.  Wrote Name of the Year - 2018 Winner is ... and set it for later.

*  We left at 10:15 for the Sharp clinic for Linda's neuro appointment, and then to the store, and home by 11:45 a.m.

*  Had lunch, added to the Best Of post, and printed off the mail labels for the Christmas cards, and then finished up the Christmas letter.  got a bunch of photos into it.  Linda got started on the envelopes with labels, stamps and return labels.  I printed off 40 copies of the first page.

*  Wrote Genealogy News Bytes - 11 December 2018, then checked Twitter and Facebook.  Took a nap.  Online at 4:30 p.m. to read, then the printer stopped printing - no black ink.  Crap.  Tried to clean the printheads many times.  Changed the ink cartridge.  Nothing worked.

*  Went in at 5:15 to eat dinner, read the paper, watch TV news, and do the dishes.  Got the laundry finished too.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, tried to get the printer to print (it's old, an HP 6350).  It may be best to buy a new printer but I have several sets of color ink that I won't be able to use.  Crap.  Should I go buy a new one at Costco tomorrow?  Or should I go to the UPS Store and print out 180 color pages (probably about $90).  That would be easier!  

*  Wrote the Wordless Wednesday post, then resolved almost 300 Ancestry Hints, adding content and sources to the database.

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Genea-Journal - Monday, 10 December 2018

Pretty much an all genealogy day.  Only 14 shopping days left!  Got a little done.  One of Linda's gifts was cancelled - drat!

*  Online at 7:30 a.m. to read email and blogs, add to the Best Of post, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Deed of Stow and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. posted.

*  Got into Mondays with Myrt at 8:45 a.m. and participated - got to talk about the Genea-Santa letter.  Did some online shopping without much success.

*  Wrote Google Maps with complete county lines and ZIP Codes; now also search using your current location.  Had lunch.  Shopped some more somewhere else.

*  Wrote Monday Genea-Pourri - 10 December 2018.  Answered email.  Checked Facebook and Twitter.  Took a nice nap.

*  Added to the Best Of post.  Went in at 5:30 to eat dinner, watch TV, read the paper and wash dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, talked to Lori, worked on the Treasure Chest post, worked in RootsMagic deleting unused places, standardizing place names, and matched some profiles with Family Tree.

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

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Genea-Journal - Sunday, 9 December 2018

This was not a big genealogy day because of church and football.  Daughter Lori bought a car to replace the breaking down one she had.  It was a sunny day in Chula Vista, and I didn't have a nap.

*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best Of post, and we left for church at 9:45 a.m.  Missed the congregational meeting which we forgot about.  Oh well.  Home by 11:20 a.m.

*  Transcribed the deed and wrote the Amanuensis Monday post.  Noted that Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 December 2018 posted (hint:  NONE again) and then Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 December 2018 posted.

*  Went in at 12:45 p.m. to eat lunch, tread the paper, and watched the Chargers game.  They won 26-21 over the Bengals, so they're now 10-3 on the season.  Watched the postgame, and we ate dinner (spaghetti, yum!).

*  Online at 6 p.m. to read, add to the new Best Of post, and resolved over 300 Ancestry Hints, adding content and sources to many profiles.  Answered email.  Checked Facebook.

*  Went in at 8:30 p.m. to watch the end of the Rams game and the Channel 39 Chargers report.

*  Online at 9:15 p.m. to write this post.  Genealogy today was 4.5 hours.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Genea-Journal - Saturday, 8 December 2018

I got some tasks done, did a little shopping, and did quite a bit in the RootsMagic tree.  Didn't sleep well last night.

*  Online at 7:30 a.m. to read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, and noted that Surname Saturday -- DAMMANT (England to colonial New England) posted.

*  Got the CVGS Newsletter edited and the master and mail labels printed.  Wrote the Ancestry and FamilySearch posts.  Had a one hour nap.  

*  Online at 11:15 a.m. answered email, looked at MyHeritage DNA matches, had lunch.  Worked in Ancestry Hints resolving them and adding sources and content to the RootsMagic tree.  Noted that   Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your 2018 Dear Genea-Santa Letter posted.

*  Did some online shopping for Linda, finally found something.  Left at 1:30 p.m. for the UPS Store to publish the CVGS Newsletter, and then to the grocery store to food shop.  Home by 3 p.m.

*  Checked Facebook, worked in the RootsMagic tree, added to the Best Of post.

*  Went in at 4:45 p.m. to eat dinner, read the paper, and watch TV sports.

*  Online at 6 p.m. to read, TreeShare the last 140 profiles, then matched more profiles to Family Tree, adding content and sources both ways.  Added another 50 Seaver profiles. 

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post. Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.