Monday, November 24, 2014

My Genealogy Days - 23-24 November 2014

1)  23 November:

*  This was not a big genealogy day - read email and blogs, then finished the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 November 2014 post and wrote CVGS Program on 26 November is "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman and set it for late afternoon.

*  We went to church at 9:30 a.m., home by 11:30 a.m. and I watched football until the Chargers won 27-24 over the Rams.  

*  We left for dinner at Black Angus at 4:45 p.m. and home at 6:30 p.m.  Read, then wrote the amanuensis Monday posts for this week and next.

*  Mucked around in Ancestry a bit, answered email, checked Facebook, but went in at 10 p.m. and read my Sandford book.  Genealogy this day was 4.0 hours.

2)  Monday, 24 November 2014

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 245: 1873 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to C.S. Meeks posted.

*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt panel and we went until 10:45 a.m.  Read email and blogs, then wrote New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - November 16-22, 2014.

*  Researched and wrote The Ultimate Challenge - Building a Family Tree From Sources - Post 1: Crawford Family and set it for later.

*  Worked in the 1930 US census on Ancestry - resolved 36 more, so down to 216 left.  Added some content and many source citations.  Checked Facebook, answered email, and added to the Best Of post.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper and eat dinner.  Watched the Ferguson briefing and the riots.  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, and worked in Ancestry for awhile trying to find California BMD data for the Smith family.  Had some success!

*  Went in at 8:30 p.m. to watch the Aztecs game - double overtime we won 92-87 over BYU.  Almsot finished the Sandford book.  Online at 11:15 to write this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Geneaholic Saturday - 22 November 2014

This was not a typical genealogy Saturday - I stayed home and worked online and in my database for most of the day.

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Surname Saturday -- NICHOLS (England to colonial New England) posted.

*  Decided to take Tanner's ultimate Challenge - picked four families at random in the 1940 census and tried to build trees on Ancestry for them.  Two are bare, two are fairly full.  Will blog about this sometime.

*  Wrote blog posts for the cruise.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Timeline for an Ancestor posted.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, and checked Facebook.

*  Worked in the 1930 US Census on Ancestry - resolved 41 entries, adding content and sources.  252 left to do.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, and watched football.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, watch some of DearMYRTLE's and Russ's videos, then worked in the database adding content and sources for the Ja and Je surnames.  

*  Wrote this post.  genealogy today was  12.5 hours.

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Geneaholic Friday - 21 November 2014

8 more days and w're going cruising.  I need to start writing blog posts for those days...

*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 47: #54, Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) posted.  

*  Watched/listened to Wacky Wednesday show, then wrote So Many Matches, So Little Time! How Do I Deal With Information Overload? and also Updated List of PERSI Collections with Page Images.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, and wrote New or Updated Databases - November 15-21, 2014.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post.  Went out at 3 p.m. to mow the front lawn.  Online again at 3:45 p.m. to read, answer email and check Facebook.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, and eat dinner.  Online at 6 p.m. to write the SNGF post.  Also checked the recent leaf Hints on Ancestry and added a few sources to the database.

*  Went in at 6:30 p.m. to watch the Aztecs football game.  It was a must win game against Air force and we won 30-14.  Now 6-5 on the season and bowl eligible.

*  Online at 10 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Genealogy Days - 19-20 November 2014

We went to Huntington Beach and Yorba Linda on Wednesday, and came home today - 24 hours away from home.

1)  Wednesday, 19 November:

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Our Family in 1982 -- Post 334 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday posted.  

*  AncestryDNA updated their matches, so researched and wrote First Look at Improved AncestryDNA Matches and AncestryDNA Improvements Description - UPDATED.  Wrote a Treasure Chest Thursday post too.

*  We left at 11:45 a.m. for Huntington Beach, stopped for lunch in Carl;sbad, and were in our hotel room by 2 p.m.  Rested a bit.  Went to Tami's house at 3:45, saw the girls and a sleepy Charlie.  I got to walk the awake crying Charlie for about 30 minutes.  We both got some exercise.  Tami made dinner and we ate at 5 p.m.

*  Left at 5:40 p.m. for the GSNOCC meeting at 7 p.m.  After checking traffic online, decided to go city streets rather than freeway - every freeway was slow and go, and several had accidents during rush hour.  Not sure that was a good choice, but it was probably safer.  Brookhurst had some construction that slowed us down, Ball Rd was OK, State College had some construction, and Yorba Linda was good.  Traffic lights every quarter mile or so, though on all of them.  We got there right after 7 p.m. and I got set up quickly.
*  Business meeting went to 7:30 p.m., and I gave my Crafting Great Source citations talk until 8:30.  Had some snacks, and lots of chatting, and we took off for the hotel at 9 p.m. and were there in 25 minutes.  Watched some TV, checked my email and blogs on the phone.

*  Genealogy this day was 5.5 hours.

2)  Thursday, 20 November:

*  Slept in until 8 a.m.  Read email and blogs on the phone, went to breakfast in the hotel, checked out and we were on the road home by 9:10 a.m.  Went 65=-80 the whole way, 98 miles in 80 minutes.  Got home at 10:30 a.m.  Unpacked, turned the computer on.

*  Took off at 10:45 for the Rohr engineers luncheon at 11 a.m., had a good time with 14 attendees, even some genealogy questions today.  Home by 1:15 p.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, noted that Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 241: 1733 Marriage Record of Thomas Dill and Mehitable Brown posted.  Computer got slow so rebooted.

*  Wrote Dear Randy: How Have You Saved Your Research So Someone Can Search For It?  Checked Facebook, and went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, and wash dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 47: #54, Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) and messed up the post date - meant to do it on Friday.  Oh well, no one will notice.

*  Wrote a book review for the cruise week, worked on the next 52 Ancestors subject.  Checked blogs and Facebook again.

*  Wrote this blog post.  Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Semi-Geneaholic Tuesday - 18 November 2014

I had to go out to a doctor's appointment, and watched the Aztecs basketball game, so this wasn't an all day genealogy day.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tombstone Tuesday - James A., Mary Jane and Melissa Kemp in Delhi (Ontario) Cemetery and then Book Notice: A Genealogist's Guide to the Washington, D.C. Area and set it for later.  Wrote a post for the cruise week.

*  Left at 10:30 a.m. for the medical center, got my yearly eye exam.  Nothing's changed.  Eyes were dilated, so watched TV in the dark.  At 12:30 p.m., checked email and blogs.

*  Watched the Aztecs basketball game - they beat Utah 53-49 in a defensive struggle.  Not much offense.  Got the presentation on the laptop, and got the Windows updates too.

*  Online at 3:15 p.m. to read, wrote a blog post for Thursday, and wrote Waiting for the AncestryDNA Improvements.  Checked Facebook, answered email.  Printed maps for Wednesday in Orange County.  

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, and eat dinner, water the front yard, and wash dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, write a Wednesday blog post, and then puttered until Finding Your Roots was on, and watched that.

*  Read, then worked in Ancestry in the Ja surnames, adding content and sources.

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Geneaholic Monday - 17 November 2014

It was a stay-at-home Monday, and I accomplished some tasks.

*  Read email and blogs, then noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 244: 1875 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier and Abbie Smith to Bazzel Turner posted.

*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt panel and shared my RootsTech contest and my phone call with Sharon and Scribd reports.

*  Noted that New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - November 9-15, 2014 posted.  Practiced the source citation talk, with some edits, then put it in Dropbox and the flash drive.

*  Answered several emails, then wrote Received my Requested Photo Duplication Document from FamilySearch.

*  Wrote up the SDGS program review and sent it off.  Worked in Gmail adding the SDGC folks and sent out the CVGS Newsletter to them and others.

*  Worked in Ancestry Hints for the 1930 US Census, and resolved 27 more, adding some content and sources.  

*  Went in at 5:40 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, read the paper and wash dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to investigate the HRC flash drive.  Checked Facebook, answered email and added to the Best Of post.  Then worked in Ancestry adding content and sources for the Hy and all of the I surnames.  Sources at 56,830.  

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 12.0 hours.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Genealogy Sunday - 16 November 2014

My brother Scott was 59 today.  It makes me feel old.  This was not much of a genealogy day.  I'm still sick, but did sleep better last night and went to church (and dozed off...must be the meds).

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 9 to 15 November 2014 post.

*  Off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home after 11:30.  Watched football, read the paper, dozed off, and had lunch.  Then watched the Chargers beat the Raiders 13-6.  Two hapless teams it seemed.  Our offensive line still can't run block or pass block well, and now rivers is hurt a bit.  

*  Online at 4:15 to read, check Facebook, then back to watch TV news and ea dinner, then wash dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, send a CVGS email, write two posts for Monday, and worked in Ancestry in the Hu-Hy surnames.  Almost done with the H names!

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Genealogy Saturday - 15 November 2014

I didn't sleep well last night -coughing, up at 3, and back asleep at 4:30 to 7.  Felt blah all day with the cough and then low fever.  I don't need to be sick next always takes 8-10 days to go away, this is day 4.

*  Read email and blogs quickly, then off to the CGSSD meeting at UCSD.  Sat through boring SIG reviews and then Gena's talk was great.  Home by 12:30 p.m.

*  Noted that Surname Saturday - RICE (England to colonial Massachusetts) and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Did You Collect as a Youth? posted.  Read blogs, added to the Best Of post.

*  Went in at 1:40 p.m. and watched football, read the paper, and took a decent nap, but then a headache.  Took more meds.

*  Online at 3:15 p.m. to read, then wrote 6 posts for Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog - 3 to post later.

*  Went in at 5:15 to watch football, eat dinner, finish the paper and read my book.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, do a little bit in FamilySearch Family Tree, and then at 7:15 watched the Aztecs football game.  Got out ahead of Boise State 20-0, but lost 38-29.  Drat, now 5-5, may not get a bowl bid.  

*  Online at 10:45 to read quickly, check Facebook, write this post, and done.  Genealogy today was 7 hours.

Friday, November 14, 2014

My Genealogy Friday - 14 November 2014

It was another stay-home day for me.  We got the heater installation appointment date - 12 December.  4 more weeks without heat.  The mnth is almost half over already.

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 46: #53 Mary (Bell) Smith (1805-1865) posted.  

*  Had trouble staying connected on the AncestryDNA link call - BSOD 3 times and reboot.  Figured out it was the video link - stay away from that and everything worked fine.  Interesting discussion, more news next week.  AncestryDNA not showing me matches for some reason.

*  Wrote New or Updated Databases - November 8-14, 2014.  Worked as bit in RootsMagic resolving names/dates/sources/notes with FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, feel like a wasted an hour here. Posted Zap the Grandma Gap Book Releases - Getting Kids Hooked On Family History.  Feeling lazy!

*  Did the next 20 Hints in 1930 census, resolved 36, down to 320 left.  Facebook, email, bored.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to read the paper, eat dinner, watch TV news.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to write the Surname Saturday post.  Back to the TV at 7 p.m. for the Aztecs basketball game.  At halftime, wrote the SNGF post.  Then back to watch the second half.  Aztecs won 79-64.  

*  Online at 9 p.m. to read, then tried to resolve names/events on FSFT but got errors so gave up.  Tried to find spouses names for the John Kenyon children but no luck.

*  Wrote this post.  genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Genealogy Thursday - 13 November 2014

Talked to both girls today about Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Nothing decided yet!  Got the heater ball rolling too!  After two months of dither.  Started my meds for the cough/phlegm/sore throat.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 240: 1782 Marriage Record of Thomas Dill and Hannah Horton, then wrote My FGS Conference Experiences and set it for later.

*  Answered email, updated my Calendar for 2015, updated my Presentations page.  

*  Researched and wrote My Relationships to U.S. Presidents - Post 2: Presidents 34-38.  Worked on Mary (Bell) Smith for the 52 Ancestors bio.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to read the paper and eat dinner.  The heater guy came at 5:45 p.m. and recommended a solution and quoted a decent price, even a discount because Linda was a teacher. Washed the dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and write the 52 Ancestors post.  Then did 20 more names from the 1930 census, resolved 30 on the list.  Sources at 57,189.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.