Friday, April 17, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 04/17/09

This was a busy genealogy day as I'm facing the pressure of working on the Lamphear case and preparing the 4/25 presentation about it simultaneously. I wont get it done, but I'll get to the point I can say "here's what I'm gonna do next" and tell them that next year they can see the results! I got some wonderful help today from footnoteMaven!

After reading email and blogs and Twitter, I wrote Finding Lamphears in Jefferson County NY - Post 2 and then did more research in Jefferson county NY and in the family tree databases trying to find specific Lamphear people without much success. At 11:20, I left for lunch at McDonald's and picked up George at 12 noon for our weekly walk on the bayfront - nice day today - 70 F and sunny. I was home by 1 p.m.

I read everything, then researched and wrote Working in RootsMagic 4 - Post 12: Creating Lists - Part 1. I started to Google for the Wisconsin Senate book for 1866 but had little luck. I needed a family tree chart of Devier Smith before I found out he was a Lamphier, so I made one in FTM2009, LFT7 and RM4 to see the comparison. I used the RM4 wall chart one (captured screen image, cropped image, saved it as JPG). At 4 p.m., I went in to watch the Padres game, finish the paper, eat dinner and read Drew Smith's book (finished it!). My first-place Padres overcame 5-0 and 7-1 deficits to win 8-7 (now 8-3 on the year).

When I came back to the computer at 7:30 p.m., I had emails from footnoteMaven helping me out with the Wisconsin Senate Report from 1866 - it's on Google Books! Thank you, fM!!!! Big hug for you, my friend! I found the book, copied some screens to OpenOffice, and saved them. I worked on adding more content to my 4/25 presentation and have gotten almost to the end. I'm over 100 slides for a 90 minute presentation, but many are screen shots of images of my research process. I wrote a post about the Wisconsin Senate book scheduled for tomorrow morning, since I am off to the CGSSD meeting early on the 'morrow. Finally, this post!

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours - 1.0 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.5 hours researching and writing blog posts, 2.0 hours doing Lamphear/Smith research, and 2.5 hours working on the presentation.

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