Friday, January 23, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 01/23/09

Genealogy progress today == not much! But I had some fun.

I was on the computer by 8 a.m., read my email and blogs, checked Facebook, tweeted once, then found the list of 185 Beatles songs and read/listened for awhile. 10 a.m. - where did the time go. Drat. I posted Recent content at with the intent of warning readers about incomplete Ancestry databases, but Ancestry changed thier database titles to reflect the incomplete status. Pretty quick... I ate lunch, went off to walk with George at the bay, stopped at the library to work in city directories on a query, and was home by 1:45 p.m.

After checking email, blogs and Facebook, I got the laptop out and loaded Legacy 7 and FTM 2009 onto it - hadn't done it before for some reason. I also loaded the latest presentation stuff onto the laptop, made shortcuts for the presentation files, and updated Windows XP. All the while, I was checking Ancestry to find census records of my query person to find out where they lived in San Diego County. I found them in 1910, 1920 and 1930 - three different places in the county. Now I have to go back and try to find the fmaily in the city directories again. I posted What do you want in a search engine? in hopes that readers would respond with ideas. Several have, which I appreciate. Then I read Geoff's post on Legacy News about putting a photo in the background of a chart, so I made charts for my parents with their pictures as backgrounds. Cool. It was after 5, so we went out to dinner with friends to The Butcher Shop in beautiful downtown Chula Vista.

We were home after 7 p.m., but had dessert, and Linda needed to use the computer, so I set up the laptop and projector and tried out my links - everything worked well. I printed out my jokes, then printed copies of my two-page handout - one side with fun stuff, the other with useful stuff. I'm all set for Saturday in Escondido, I think. I hope they laugh! I checked email, blogs and Facebook, then wrote up Legacy Charts with Picture Backgrounds to show off my pedigree charts. I worked a bit more trying to improve them, but didn't print them out. I'm done with this post!

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on T/FB, 2.0 hours researching and writing blog posts, 1.5 hours doing the CVGS query, 1.0 hour working on charts, 1.0 hour getting the laptop fixed up, and 2.0 hours on presentations.

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