Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 03/25/09

Linda left today for her three days in Palm Springs with her friend, so I am baching it until Saturday. It's so quiet and peaceful in the house! No cries for me to go to the bedroom, help her take stuff to the car, do the wash, do the dishes, pick up the papers, etc. I even remembered to take out the trash and put it on the sidewalk.

I was on the computer by 8 a.m., read my email, blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and got started writing blog posts - the SCGS Jamboree post, the Reasons why the Ancestry City Directories are incomplete, and the Family Photographs post, which I scheduled for early afternoon. I got cleaned up, printed off a pile of elusive ancestor forms, had lunch, and went off to the bank at 11:30 and was at the library at 11:50 ready for the CVGS program meeting at noon. The meeting started at 12:15 and I was home by 2:45 p.m.

I had a phone call from an Ancestry guy while I was gone, and we connected at 3 p.m. with another Ancestry guy about the US Public Records Index collection. The call lasted almost 30 minutes. They want to keep me informed (so I don't rant much?) and want to answer my questions, which they did. I checked the databases and saw the "old" US PRI was gone so I blogged about it here. Went to several people finder sites to see what they offer - it seems to me like these sites change often! Some are good now, some were good before but now are crappy. Checked LongLostPeople, MyLife, PeopleFinder, 411, Whitepages, Zabasearch, 123People, Pipl, Veromi, etc. Lots of posts lurking in that list! 5 p.m. - time for TV news, read the paper and then dinner - Dinty Moore beef stew, watermelon, Dove ice cream bar - hey, I'm baching it!

I was back online at 6 p.m. Worked on my column article for awhile, then wrote about the CVGS program on both the CVGenealogyCafe and Genea-Musings. Then I added lines to my research tables for the additional web sites, saved that as a master, and started to fill it in for DJSmith. Finally, a whirl around email, read blogs, check Twitter/Facebook, and this post.

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 0.5 hour talking to, 3.0 hours researching and writing blog posts, 0.5 hour on people finder sites, 2.5 hours at the CVGS meeting, 1.5 hours on the next column, and 2.0 hours working on my elusive ancestor forms for the April presentation.

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