Thursday, April 3, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 04/03/08

I worked on genealogy tasks almost all day long. I was on the computer before 8 a.m., reading my email and blogs. I posted "Watching FamilyLink and WorldVitalRecords Grow" on Genea-Musings. Then it was time to work on the program handout for the seminar on Saturday. I created the agenda handout easily, using biographical material provided by the panel members. Then I tacked the syllabus for my presentation. I tried to limit it to four pages of outline with some descriptive material, especially web site links. It worked out to 4 pages when I made the font a 10 size rather than 12! It's still readable! I then edited my PowerPoint presentation a bit to reflect minor changes I made in the syllabus. Then I copied all of the seminar material onto my flash drive and copied it onto the laptop. It was lunch time, and the Padres game came on at 12:35 p.m., so I watched that until 3 (well, I did get a catnap in the 4th inning) - the Pads won, 3-2. I read the paper and then read my political sites on the laptop during the game.

At 3 p.m., I came back to the computer and decided to do a bit of research for some of the research problems to be discussed at the seminar. This was an enjoyable two hours of searching for elusive ancestors - I wasn't too successful - that's because they are very elusive! Dinner time, TV, and I started to read my new book - Saxons, Vikings and Celts by Bryan Sykes.

Linda was off the computer by 7 p.m., so I read email and blogs again, and researched and posted "Have you tried the New Ancestry Search?" on Genea-Musings - they modified the look and feel of the web site significantly over the past month and are now letting people try it out. I wrote two blog posts for next week when we will be in Santa Cruz, and will write several more on Friday. Enough for tonight!

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 1.0 hour reading and writing email, 1.0 hour reading blogs, 2.5 hours researching and writing blogging posts, 4.0 hours on the seminar preparations, and 1.5 hours doing research on problems.

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