Monday, July 14, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 07/14/08

I was lazy this morning - read the paper and watched the news, ate my breakfast (2 frozen waffles and a banana) and looked at the clock and it was 8:30. Yikes - I read my email and blogs, and posted the Brother's Keeper edition of Can your genealogy software do this? courtesy of John Newmark. I posted "Funny Family Sayings" also before going off into FTM2008 again for more screen shots. I checked to see if FTM16 would make lists of earliest childbirth, latest childbirth, and earliest marriage, and found that it would - I also found that my database has some interesting time conflicts for certain people. FTM2008 can't do that. I imagine that Legacy, Rootsmagic, TMG and others can too. I realized I hadn't posted anything on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog for several days, so I posted there about the RPAC brochure, the 101 Best Genealogy Web Sites and the response to a query that I couldn't send by email. I finally read about Roy Blackmore in England in The Genealogue and Google News, and then found more about him, and finally posted about the Telegraph article. I had lunch, and then went to the library for the Monday table talk session.

John, Dearl and Terry were at the talk table, and Gary, Shirley, Virginia and Ann were at the Estate Papers table working away on the Williams collection. Gary told me that the CVGS web site had been offline for about a week, and he didn't know why and couldn't find a phone number to call for help at Rootsweb/Ancestry. I promised to try to find help. John found some good stuff in the Austin book "Genealogies of RI Families" and we talked about that book, New England records, probate laws, westward migration and all sorts of stuff. I got home by 2:30 p.m.

I quickly posted "What to do when your web site disappears?" and had two comments and some emails from readers, which I really appreciate. I passed the info on to Gary. Then I wrote Post 3 of my FTM2008 series. I spent some time in English web sites, particularly the Wiltshire Family History Society site to see what they have online. I went in to watch the news at 4:30 and the start of the Home Run Derby, but we went out to eat at Lolita's for dinner and got back at 6:30. I watched the rest of HR Derby while reading genealogy magazines and Linda did her email and church homework. I finally got back on the computer at 8:30, but just read email and blogs. After writing this post and checking my stats, I read my email and saw the special offer for WVR that I couldn't pass up - so I blogged about it here.

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 3.0 hours researching and writing blog posts (9 today!), 1.0 hour in FTM2008 and FTM16, 2.5 hours on CVGS things, 0.5 hour on English sites, and 0.5 hour on WVR signing up.

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