Thursday, February 21, 2008

Family History Journal - 02/21/08

This was definitely a different genealogy day than most!

After reading my email and Bloglines, I posted "Letters from home - Post 16" and the Table of Contents for the January 2008 NEHGRecord. Then I packed up and went off to the FHC to visit the four microfilms that came in on Tuesday - I ordered them two weeks ago.

At the FHC, I got the four films, and put the Oneida County NY deeds (Vol. 11-12) on the reader. I found that the David Smith is not the one from RI, but the one from Plymouth CT who bought land in Camden NY - and not the father of Russell Smith who was in Western NY. Rats. There was one Russell Smith in Western NY on this film. Good. I ordered two more films of other deed volumes today. The next film was early Providence RI probate packets. I had 5 targets, and three of them had no papers filmed. The other two had just bonds. I need to order the will books I think. The next two films were deed indexes for Scituate RI and Glocester RI. I listed out entries for my Hawkins, Horton, Pray, Wade and White families, but didn't finish before I had to come home. All in all, a frustrating day at the FHC!

I got home by 1 p.m. and had lunch. I needed to do my homework for the TGF study tonight, so I reviewed the article again and listed the sources used, the methodology used and the format highlights as required. Linda came home in the middle of this so I helped her and she needed to get on the computer. So 1.5 hours later, I was back on and finished my homework at 5 p.m.

After dinner, I was on at 6:30 p.m. and couldn't contact Christy for the TGF chat - so I IMed Tina and somehow got connected to the group of 5. I'm not good with this high-tech stuff. The TGF study group chat went almost two hours and was pretty good. We discussed the article in much depth and delved into some what-ifs along the way. After that, I decided to check out the "New Ancestry" format that I was invited to participate in. Frustrating - slow, more complex, right now any way. I filled out some feedback forms. Then I wrote this post. I'm going to call it a night.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours total - 1.0 hour reading email and Bloglines, 1.0 hour blogging, 2.0 hours researching at the FHC, 3.0 hours doing TGF study, and 1.0 hour doing new Ancestry evaluation.

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