Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 01/30/08

This was a very full genealogy day in which I made absolutely no progress on my own genealogy research. some days are like that, eh?

I was on the computer by 8:30 a.m., reading email and Bloglines. I printed off some of the color flyers and gathered the papers I needed for the CVGS meeting. Then I read Thomas MacEntee's blog post and thought "that was great" and decided to write the post that I have been mulling for a week now - "Bridging the Internet vs. Traditional Genealogy Gap" about genealogy societies and Internet-only researchers.

It was 10 a.m., so off I went to the UPS Store to get my copies made before the CVGS meeting at noon (see, I work well ahead of deadlines!). I got the two-sided agenda copies made, but while copying the 10 page handout two-sided, the first copy machine broke down. After 10 minutes, we decided to copy it on the second copy machine - it broke down doing two-sided copies immediately. The owner put me on the color machine doing single-sided copies - and it was really slow and balky too. He got the second machine working single-sided, so we finished the handouts and the flyers, but it took longer than expected. He gave me a good break on the cost due to the hassle, which I appreciated. He managed to have all three machines in working order (I think) before I left. I was glad I went down there early! Then it was down to McDonalds for lunch, the post office for mail, and then library to get set up.

I got to the library by 11:40 a.m., and entered through the employee entrance. Several board members were already there getting the food table and the audio/visual equipment set up. I put the agenda and program handouts on the table, grabbed a cookie, and went into the auditorium to see if the projector had arrived yet. The speaker was there waiting - it came at about 11:50, which was enough time to get the speaker set up to give her talk. The library doors opened at noon, and our members and guests invaded the conference room and auditorium. They know the drill - sign in, get handouts, buy a raffle ticket, have a snack, talk to everybody, go to the auditorium and find a comfy seat, talk some more until the meeting starts.

I started the meeting at 12:20 p.m. and we introduced the speaker, our own Shirley Becker, at 12:45 p.m. She talked about "Research in New York State." After the meeting, I went into the library and delivered the flyers for the February program, talked to my library contact person about the CVGS web page on the library site, and then came home by 3 p.m.

When I got home, I read my email and Bloglines again, then posted a summary of the presentation both Genea-Musings and the CV Genealogy Cafe blogs. I called the San Diego FHC to see if they were going to be open on Saturday, and they will not be due to Hinckley's death. I wrote a post on the CVGenCafe blog about that, then emailed our member list to tell them that we will be taking our research trip to San Diego Public Library on Saturday rather than the FHC. The library contact person emailed me with the web site information, which I edited and revised and returned to her. Then it was debate time on TV and dinner time.

I came back to the computer at 7 p.m., and made myself not browse through Google matches or WorldConnect databases looking for the elusive David and Russell Smith. I checked my Yahoo mail, read some of the Google genealogy newsgroups (these have really deteriorated), checked out the new Roots Television videos and checked in on the Forensic Genealogy photo contests. I received an email yesterday about the new Internet Genealogy magaizne, so I pulled that up and read it one sitting. I've learned to take some notes about web sites to investigate and other important issues when I have online genealogy magazines. I usually print out the table of contents page and make my notes on the back side. Hmm, now it's 10 p.m. and I've had a pleasant evening watching videos and reading genealogy magazines. I learned quite a bit tonight - the magazine is really good - and had a fun time too - cool.

Genealogy time today was 10.0 hours - 1.5 hours reading email and Bloglines, 1.5 hours blogging, 4.0 hours doing CVGS activities, 1.5 hours watching videos, and 1.5 hour reading IG and other things. I feel like I'm back in the saddle again - finally. Maybe tomorrow I can do some database work. Or I could go to the FHC again...

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