Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 05/27/08

Another fun genealogy day with lots of different tasks.

I was on the computer by 8 a.m. and read my email and blogs, then posted "Rootsweb Review newsletter now monthly." I got ready to go off to the FHC and was there by 10:15 a.m. I immediately got my film out of the drawer and used the microfilm scanner/computer machine and found Oneida county Deed 35.150 with no problem. It was in negative format so I had to play with the controls a bit to make it come out positive. Then I looked for 36:20 on the same roll and it was not what I expected. I must have erred months ago when I made my index. Drat. I downloaded 35:150 to my flash drive, paid my dollar and went to the computers. I checked Footnote.com for Joseph Champlin's RevWar pension file and tried to view the images, but the damn image viewer didn't work on any of the computers, rendering Footnote useless today. Drat. Then I captured some 1841 and 1851 English census records for Richman and Rich in Wiltshire, and some FreeBMD images from the death index, but remembered I could do that at home. So I came home, here by 12:15 p.m.

I had some snacks for lunch, and did a little research on Ancestry traffic and posted "Traffic data for Ancestry domains." Some interesting stuff there, I thought. Maybe nobody else thinks it's interesting, but I do! Then I posted "Dear Genea-Man: Am I descended from John Tyler?" Heather asked this in a comment several weeks ago, and I did a little online searching to try to help her out. But I don't have her email address, so I decided to post it as an example of what can be done fairly quickly online. I also wrote two posts for the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog about the program on Wednesday and the Beginning Genealogy workshop in June.

I received an email this morning with about 15 questions from a San Diego U-T reporter - she's coming to our CVGS meeting on Wednesday. I spent about three hours responding to her questions and emailed it off to her tonight. I'll probably post some of it on the blog later. Let's see how the interview and photos come out.

We had dinner out on the patio tonight near the bird feeder, which has been very popular for about two weeks. Lots of little birds - sparrows, wrens and starlings, and some swallows too. After dinner, I finished up the email responses, and sent it out to my CVGS colleagues for comment and to the reporter. Then it was time for the Padres game. We won 4-2. I started reading the book "Death in the Family Tree" by Patricia Sprinkle. Pretty good so far - yep, a genealogy mystery book! The game was over at 9:45, so I read my email and blogs one last time and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours - 0.5 hour reading and writing emails, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.5 hours writing blog posts, 3.0 hours answering the reporter's questions, and 1.5 hours doing research at the FHC.

1 comment:

Bill West said...

I have a Footnote.com account.
I could download that file for you
and email it to you if you want.