Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 06/18/08

I did very little genealogy research today, but I did some blogging and gave my "Moments in Time" presentation to a local Christian women's group at lunch time.

I was on the computer by 8 a.m., and read my email and blogs and wrote "Carnival of Genealogy #50 - Family Pets" and "A Very Long Marriage." I practiced my presentation once all the way through entertaining the kitchen bugs - 23 minutes, cool. I put my presentation notebook and my 10-generation pedigree chart in the car, got ready to go out and left at 10:30. I was at the restaurant by 10:45 and met the leader of the group, and talked to several of the attendees, including the other speaker. Everyone had to tell me their family history story - I was amazed by how many think they have Mayflower connections. Lunch was served at 11:30, and I was introduced at 12:15 and launched into my presentation standing behind a table without a microphone in a warm room. It took almost 30 minutes even though I pretty much stuck to my script. After my talk, the inspirational speaker told her life story and played her keyboard a bit. I was home by 2 p.m.

I checked email and blogs again, and answered several emails. I checked Ancestry and RecordSearch for new databases, and checked my Facebook account to see if any progress has been made on the latest Unclaimed Persons cases. No progress, unfortunately - many of them are difficult research problems, as you might imagine. I remembered that it was Wednesday, so I posted another Family Photograph of Gramps and Mom on an Elephant from 1923. I was sleepy, so I went in to read the paper, take a nap, watch the Padres-Yankees game (we lost 8-5), have dinner, fill the bird feeder, take out the trash, water the back dirt/weeds, wash the dishes, fix the flag, and water the front plants - aren't I good hubby? I also read up to page 100 in my new "Finding Oprah's Roots" book.

The game was over at 8:15 p.m., and I came back to the computer and read email and blogs and wrote "Taking Genealogy to the People" about my speaking engagement today and how CVGS might benefit from it. Then it's this post, and I need to do my homework for tomorrow night's TGF chat.

Genealogy today was only about 7.0 hours - 0.5 hour reading and writing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 3.5 hours working on and delivering my presentation, and 0.5 hour checking web sites.

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