Friday, January 2, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 1/2/09

This was pretty much a frustrating genealogy day. I had high hopes, but they were dashed by the Internet gods who decreed that Blogger and Facebook would not work from 12 noon until about 6 p.m.

After email and blog reading, I watched Barbara Renick's tutorials, and then posted Barbara Renick's Tutorials - obviously a creative title! I read the MyHeritage PR and went to the site, downloaded FamilyTreeBuilder 3.0, and then wrote MyHeritage goes commercial. Too bad... I tested FTB3.0 some, checked Facebook and Twitter (made it sync with FB) then went out for lunch, to the library and the bank, and was home by 12:30. When I got home, I wanted to update the MyHeritage post and went to the Tamura Jones site and downloaded Firefox, which immediately took over my Internet browsing. Then I found that Blogger went down, and I found that Facebook was down too, at least for me. I Twittered a bit and got some responses about it. Thinking maybe it was my system, I rebooted, then ran McAfee, then made Internet Explorer my browser again, and rebooted again. I took the downtime opportunity to unpack and test my Digital Audio Recorder and do my Y-DNA swab and got it ready to mail. At about 2:30 p.m. I realized that I just had to wait it out.

I spent a while working on my Genealogy is Fun presentation on OpenOffice, modifying the former version and adding more content from the 2005 talk. Tami, James and Audrey came at 4 p.m., so I entertained Audrey. T&J went out for the evening at 5 p.m., we put Audrey down for a nap and had dinner, then played with Audrey when she woke up. When I came back to the computer at 6:30, everything worked fine. I fed Audrey, got her jammies on and she went to bed at 7:30. I posted the update to the MyHeritage post, then wrote 2008 Genea-Musings Review in 12 sentences. I checked on Footnote and downloaded the Thomas Dill RevWar pension file, then checked the 1900 US Census for my Carringer family. I found that the new index has it spelled Caninger, with a correction as Caringer. So much for progress - the FS Indexers got that one wrong - it was right on Ancestry previously!

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 0.5 hour Twitting and Facebooking, 0.5 hour testing FTB3.0, 0.5 hour on the DNA test, 1.0 hour on the Digital Audio Recorder, 1.5 hours on the presentation, and 1.5 hours doing research.

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