Sunday, March 2, 2008

Family History Journal - 03/02/08

Sunday's are usually not big genealogy days for me, but today was somewhat different, in more ways than one!

I read my email and blogs on Bloglines at 8:30, and posted "Descendants of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux - Post 4" before we went off to church. We stayed for our friend Lillian's memorial service at noon and a nice reception afterward (she planned everything out herself...) and we were home by 2 p.m. It was nice to see several old friends, but not under those circumstances.

I was on the computer from 2 until 5 p.m. I posted "The Matri-Name Game" and got kind of carried away with the "what ifs." Then I researched and posted "Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24 February - 1 March 2008." This always takes some time even when I have made a list of candidates during the week (that really helps!). I went in and read the paper, watched TV and we had dinner. I regularly watch Ken Kramer's program called "About San Diego" - it's about San Diego history, and is on at 6 p.m. Sundays on KNSD-7/39. He has several 2-5 minute vignettes with stories and lots of historic San Diego pictures. I keep hoping that I'll see my grandparents or great-grandparents in the pictures!

At 7 p.m., I came back to the computer and read email and blogs, then decided I had better start on my presentation "Finding Your Elusive Ancestors" for the 5 April CVGS Seminar. I spent about two hours on it, and have the format set and 8 pages done. About 30 more to go! I have a general idea what I need to prepare and present - but these things never go exactly as I planned! I need to scan a bunch of papers and photos to add graphic detail to the presentation. I use OpenOffice 2.2 for this and present it from my laptop on an LCD projector. That's on the "to-do" list for tomorrow and this next week.

Genealogy today was 6.5 hours - 1.0 hour reading email and blogs, 3.5 hours blogging, and 2.0 hours preparing my presentation.

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