Friday, March 7, 2008

Family History Journal - 03/07/08

Read. Write. Think. Library. Taxes. Charts. That's about it for today. My six-word biography for 3/7/08!

At 8:30 a.m. I was reading my email and blogs via Bloglines, and then posted "Frustration turns to success - and lessons relearned" about my search for Mary Lou Olson's name for Sue yesterday. Then I read Mark Tucker's blog ThinkGenealogy and downloaded the picture of the Genealogy Research Map to use as wallpaper on my computer. I blogged about it at "My Wallpaper is Mark's Genealogy Research Map" just in case people missed his post (did you - tell the truth now - you really need to read Mark's stuff!). I photo-shopped a number of images I'm using for my presentation to crop them and improve the contrast. At this point, I was pretty bored and uploaded 7 humor/wisdom items to my long neglected (two weeks!) Randy's Busy Life blog - I'm too busy to write on it every day. I had lunch and took off for the library.

At the library, I made copies of about 5 Chula Vista Star-News newspaper articles about the Mary Lou Olson kidnap and murder back in January 1960. The copier acted up a bit and some of the copies are terrible. I headed home, and decided I'd better do my taxes, so I spent the rest of the afternoon battling Turbotax - they changed it again! I was used to the previous screens and liked it better. Linda needed to send an email so I went in and read the paper and watched the news until dinner at 6.

After dinner, I was back on the computer. I tested the "new look" Ancestry some more and still don't like it...I filled out their feedback form about what I liked (not much) and needed improvement (most everything). Argggh. Why do people have to change things that aren't broken? Then I went into Legacy Charting again to test out some of the options. I ended up printing some 4, 5 and 6 generation charts on 8.5 x 11 paper, and blogged about it at "Testing Legacy Charting - Post 2." So far, no other blogger has posted anything about this except the press release and Legacy images.

Genealogy today was only 6.0 hours - 0.5 hour reading and writing email, 1.5 hours blogging, 1.0 hour getting newspaper images, 1.0 hour testing new Ancestry, and 2.0 hours working in Legacy Charting.

Tomorrow I will go to the FHC with my flash drive, then to the SDGS meeting. I need to work more on my presentation charts.

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