Friday, February 8, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 02/08/08

This was another full genealogy day, but with some interruptions. It wasn't 13 hours straight through... Linda was feeling good today, so she went out shopping and to get her hair done.

I started, as always, with email and Bloglines at 8:30 AM, and then dug into my box of Carringer treasures to find the "missing letter" that has been bugging me for weeks. I finally found it, and scanned it so I don't have to handle the copy I have. Then I posted "Letters from home - Post 3" after digging out the copy I have and deciding that it was dated 1889, not 1888, as I had previously transcribed - it must have been put in the wrong envelope, which does say 1888. It makes sense now. I also found the original photograph I have of Ada Woodward, which I posted back in October 2006. Well, I looked on the back of the photo and there is the information I've needed for 16 months - who her parents were. So I posted an updated "Ada Woodward - Isn't She Beautiful?" Isn't she? I think that she is stunning. I wish I could find out if she lived long enough to marry and have children. My friend George called at 10:30 a.m. and I gathered my things and went to pick him up at 11 and we walked our two miles at the bayfront and talked about his work, our kids and grandkids, but not our wives. It was a beautiful hazy day - about 70 F with no wind.

After I dropped George off, I went to McDonald's for lunch (chicken nuggets, choc chip cookies, choc shake) and then went to the library to find two obituaries for a query that came in. I found both of them, but in the process one of the microfilms broke and I turned it in to be repaired. On the way home, I stopped at the Humphreys Funeral Home to see if they would unearth a file from 1958. They would, but for an exorbitant price. Oh well - my queryist will be disappointed. I was home by 1:30 PM.

After checking email and Bloglines, I posted "Is the LNU family in your database" from a Rootsweb Review article in 2003. I thought it was funny and useful so it certainly qualifies for Genea-Musings, eh? Then I wrote up my CVGS newsletter articles for the February issue and sent them off via email before going in at 3 p.m. to take a nap, read the paper watch the TV news and dinner. We had some excitement around 5:30 p.m. - a kid was on our back hillside and we rushed out and discovered our wall had been graffitied recently. So we called the police who came and took a report. Linda called all the neighbors and everybody is going to watch closely for awhile - there have been some strange things going on on the cul-de-sac.

I got back to the computer at 6:30 p.m., and input all of yesterdays information into my Vaux family database. Then I started in on the next set of Vaux descendants - using the census, SSDI, California birth, marriage and death indexes, California voter registrations, etc. I didn't find too much new data tonight. There are still many unknown (not UNK or LNU!) surnames of tsome of the spouses. I was able to noodle some of them out by using the various databases, especially spouses names. I quit before 10 p.m., too tired.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours - of which reading email and Bloglines was 1.5 hours, blogging was 1.0 hour, doing CVGS queries was 1.5 hours, doing CVGS newsletter articles was 1.0 hour, researching the Vaux family was 4.0 hours, including the letter and photo exercises.

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