Thursday, July 24, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 07/24/08

It seemed like the same-old same-old stuff today - read, blog, test, write, blog, read, etc. I'm in a rut, I fear. Linda came home today, so at least I had some different food for dinner - ribs, corn on the cob, strawberries, ice cream bar. It's no wonder I'm non-skinny.

I started reading email and blogs at 7:30 a.m., and did a bit of research on Frank Calloway in Ancestry, and then posted Is Frank Calloway Really 112? Then I went and got cleaned up and came back and wrote Post 8 of the Using FTM 2008 series. That was enough blogging for awhile. I worked in FTM 2008 trying to figure out the Places menus and routines - and found that I messed up the places in my Test database. I can always use mistakes like this - they can be bad examples! Lunch time - Vegetable Beef soup, an apple and choc pudding.

After lunch, I read email and blogs, dealt with some CVGS things, and read more in Evidence Explained. I'm easily confused, I guess, because it is really tough to get my arms around citing sources right. Oh well. I visited Facebook, made some new friends, and tried to put an RSS blog feed on my page. I'm not sure it works right yet. I recalled that Joe B had put a web page up about newspaper archives and I found it - it was not an intuitive search - and then recalled that Bill D had written an article in Everton's about online newspapers, and I found that too. Having done all that work, I posted Newspaper Archive Web sites on the CV Genealogy Cafe blog. I'm trying to post something useful there at least every other day - in hopes that there will be a whole catalog of posts for CVGS members to wade through if they care to. Linda came home and I had to help her get stuff out of the car, into the washer, out of the dryer, etc. She wanted to use the computer, so I gave it up at 4 p.m. and went in and watched the Padres game (lost to Pittsburgh 9-1, and it wasn't that close).

We ate dinner at 6 watching the game, and I was back on the computer at 7 p.m. I decided to explore NewspaperARCHIVE via my Carlsbad Library Card just to see how different it was from Ancestry. I found an interesting article about Horace Seaver, so I transcribed it and posted it in Horace was a Hero. The NewspaperARCHIVE pages are in PDF form, while the Ancestry pages are in a JPG form. Neither shows you where on the page your key words are. Frustrated by that, I went for a walk around the mile-track, then watched TV for an hour and read my murder mystery book. The last thing tonight is this post...

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.5 hours writing blog posts, 1.5 hours working in FTM2008, 0.5 hour on Facebook, 0.5 hour on CVGS things, 0.5 hour in EE, and 1.0 hour in NewspaperARCHIVE trying it out.

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