Thursday, July 3, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 07/03/08

I managed to put in a lot of genealogy time today working around Lolo but I'm not sure I got much accomplished.

Before I even got on the computer, Lolo wanted to play Playhouse Disney on it, so I worked with my laptop while she played with Tigger and Pooh. I got my email and blogs read before we had a snack at 10 a.m. Linda came home and took Lolo away to lunch and play with a friend, so I was able to finish my CVGS newsletter articles and send them to Shirley, then I posted "Another View of the Blogger Summit" and "Fourth of July Quick Quiz." I went to Mcdonald's for lunch, to the bank for cash, and to the library for a book, then I was home by 12:45 p.m.

I worked a bit in Ancestry trying to determine if there are more clicks required to do a specific search with the New format than with the Old format. They worked out about even. That's good to know, but didn't result in a blog post. I worked a bit on the Schenkel NJ family for my friend, then posted "Genea-Musings Stats for January to June, 2008" as a marker post - I can use it at the end of the year to determine the changes in the "biggest hits." I also posted "Genealogy Days in Chula Vista for July 2008" on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog, which got ignored while I was away over the weekend. I tried to find land record information in Hunterdon County NJ and sort of struck out - nice 1873 maps on Ancestry but that is a century too late. Lolo got up from her nap, and we played with blocks and watched TV until dinner time out on the patio. After dinner, we played some more, then she had her bath, and we played a bit more before she went down at 8:15 p.m.

I came back on the computer and read email and blogs, and answered some emails and commented on some blogs. I remembered my colleague Nancy's research problem and worked on it for awhile - she's looking for a death date/location in Texas in the 1870's. I played with the Genea-Musings colors again...I like the richer dark red and dark green right now.

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.0 hours researching and writing blog posts, 1.0 hour on CVGS tasks, 2.5 hours doing research, 1.0 hour working on new Ancestry Search.

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