Monday, August 11, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 08/11/08

I felt like I did a lot of genealogy work today but didn't really get much done. I rested from the Genealympics, except for thinking about what to do next and how to do it.

I started at 8:30 a.m. with email and blogs, then I opened FTM2008 and put some screens in my OpenOffice presentation on Using FTM 2008 (see, when I'm done with the series I will have a presentation all ready to go!). I posted Using FTM 2008 - Post 15: Genealogy Reports on GeneaMusings. I went to Facebook to identify several bloggers who were not yet on Facebook, and figured out who I might invite, and sent three emails inviting them to Facebook. Two of them were already there, of course. I emailed Colleen Fitzpatrick with an idea for her photo contest, and solved the current contest easily. I had lunch, then went to the library for our Monday Table Talk session. Dearl, John and Terry were there, and I looked for a San Diego local history book that I might do some indexing on - I found one (actually a set of 3) that doesn't have a Table of Contents! I was home by 2:30.

I sent an email to the CVGS list about the coming programs and the newsletter on the web site. I'm still frustrated by the Footnote experience at the FHC on Saturday, I was curious what was in the citizenship record for Project O. So I joined Footnote on a 7-day free trial. I immediately found the citizenship record, but it doesn't provide birth date, place, parents or immigration information. I need some other record not available (yet?) at Footnote. Now I'm really frustrated! I explored many databases available on Footnote using "Seaver" as my search criteria, and captured many screens in an OpenOffice presentation. I wrote Free databases on - something I haven't seen anywhere else recently. Why doesn't the Footnote blog do posts like this? Dinner time - where did the time go?

We ate out in the back yard, and I finished the paper, watched the news and washed the dishes before coming back to the computer at 7 p.m. Linda almost got me to help with sorting her "stuff" but she's too tired... as long as she doesn't want to sort my "stuff" in the genealogy cave, I'm OK. I checked email, blogs and Facebook again, and worked for awhile on setting up a new genealogy filing system on my computer. I went for a short walk in the evening cool - saw some neighbors I haven't seen for awhile. I'll probably blog about it when I flesh it out a bit more. 10 p.m.? Where did the time go?

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 0.5 hours doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 1.5 hours writing blog posts, 0.5 hour on Facebook, 0.5 hour on Colleen's puzzles, 2.0 hours on CVGS activities, 0.5 hour on research Project O, 2.0 hours on, and 2.0 hours on re-organizing my files.

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