Friday, February 1, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 02/01/08

This was another stay-at-home all-day genealogy-fest once it started. Lolo and her mom are here for two nights, so I had breakfast and cartoon duty this morning until 9:30 when they left for shopping. We went out to Panera at 5:15 PM for dinner and got back at 6:45 PM, but most of the remaining time I was on the computer doing either genealogy, reading news and politics or goofing off.

At 9:30, I read my email and Bloglines. I realized that it might be useful to tell San Diego folks that the FHC will be closed on Saturday so I posted that news. Then I visited the tutorial site and posted Tracing Immigrant Origins. I almost went to the FHC to order more films, but I didn't. I went into the LDS FHLC and printed off many pages of RI town land record listings so that I can order more films in the future. Then I got bogged down with several of my Rhode Island families - trying to add spouses and dates/places to some of the siblings of my Kenyon ancestors. I was into Google, the LDS databases, Rootsweb WorldConnect and Ancestry's One World Tree quite a bit. Not much of anything new was found. Par for the course.

I decided to fill out the Family Tree Magazine online survey (link sent in the email newsletter) about Genealogy Video Workshops, and I posted about it here, including my answers and opinions. Then it was back into the Kenyon data in my database - inserting the sparse information that I found. I spent an enjoyable hour looking for funny names in the 1930 census also.

After I got home from dinner, I helped with Lolo a bit - we played Sesame Street games on the 'puter for awhile before her bath and bedtime. Rather than search fruitlessly for my Kenyons, I decided to try to find some of the people mentioned in Della Carringer's Christmas card list for 1929. I found George Munger and his daughter Amy (Munger) Doctor in Kansas in the 1900 to 1930 census records, and updated my database with the added information. There are still many families on the Christmas Card list to find.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours total - 1.5 hours reading email and Bloglines, 1.5 hours blogging, 2.5 hours working on the Kenyon families, 1.0 hour looking for funny names (think of it as therapy), and 2.5 hours chasing Mungers and Doctors in the census records.

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