Thursday, November 15, 2007

Genea-Journal - 11/15/07

This was a very different genealogy today for me. I had a Goodrich engineering retiree lunch today at 11 AM and had a good time - didn't get home until 1:30.

8:00 AM: Email and Bloglines review. Decided to post about the webinar I viewed last night - "Search Like the Pros" on Genea-Musings. Then I called Ancestry and got my "deal of the year" subscription to the US Deluxe Collection extended for another year. I blogged about it here.

9:30 AM: Headed to downtown San Diego to try and get the right death certificate this time. Apparently the index numbers are incorrect -they don't match the death record for some reason. Then the clerk gave me a birth certificate for the right index number but the wrong person, but I wanted a death certificate for my correspondent. The supervisor figured it out and gave me the right death certificate, at no charge. Now it was too late to go to the cemetery so I headed back to Chula Vista for my lunch meeting.

1:30 PM: Back home, checked email and bloglines. Got the two death certificate envelopes ready to send out to my correspondents. Then I checked the new Ancestry databases out and wrote the post about my subscription extension. Nap time, then dinner and watched the Dems debate on TV.

7:00 PM: Email and Bloglines check. Had no ideas for blogging. Decided to help one of my friends out with his brick wall ancestor, and pursued that for two hours. Fun. Frustrating. Even in New England the records are not perfect, especially from 1770 to 1820 or so. I have some ideas for further pursuit after checking out the Ancestry databases, NEHGS databases, LDS databases, the family finder, Google, the message boards and mailing lists. Then my daughter called, and I went to watch ER.

Genealogy today: 7.0 hours, blogging was 1.0 hour. No work on the scanning project today, no transcribing, no Christmas Journal. Tomorrow may be a better genealogy day - I need to make progress.

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