Monday, April 20, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 04/20/09

It was another hot day in Chula Vista - 98 F in the shade, and GIA (that's the Genealogy Investigation Agency) agent Jeanie Allogee went to the Library to cool off, and search for her lost ancestors. Oops, wrong blog ... it was so hot today that the Padres got rained out in Philadelphia and flew out to San Francisco instead. At least they'll get a good night's sleep!

After reading email and blog posts and Twitter, your intrepid reporter checked out Dunham's new site and then posted Who's Talkin' about you? Or me? Or something you care about? and the CGSSD Meeting Summary - "Spring Cleaning for Genealogists" with Dorothy Miller. He got cleaned up, worked a bit in the three genealogy software programs for practice, ate lunch and headed off to the library for CVGS Table Talk. Only John and Dearl were there. He made them read his FORUM magazine column to impress them. He worked on the laptop to see if all three programs worked - they didn't! One needed to be registered. All three needed a good wireless connection, which is rare these days at the library. Genea-Drat.

Your intrepid reporter was home by 2 p.m., and wrote Genealogy Software Review on Wednesday, 22 April on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog and CVGS Seminar on Saturday, 25 April - "Finding Your Elusive Ancestors"on Genea-Musings. He decided that it was enough blogging for the day and he needed to work on the presentation and do some Lamphear research, but his nemesis, the wily and beautiful Angel Lady, needed to use the computer for her dreaded email, so he went in and took his nap. Then it was time for the Padres game but they were rained out and he came back to the computer, set up his laptop, worked with the three programs on both machines, in order to figure out just what the heck he was going to do on Wednesday in the Software Review. The beautiful Angel Linda called him for dinner at 5:30 with some enticing macaroni and veggies, followed by a luscious chocolate Dove bar and a dose of local news before he returned to the Genea-Cave to work on the Lamphear problem.

He decided to work in Ancestry, and then Footnote, methodically looking for historical records, family trees and stories and books about Isaac Lamph*/Lamf*/Lanph*/Lanf* the current research nemesis. He actually found some family tree data and an 1820 census record. That leaves just ten more Lan/Lamphier candidates to search for in hopes of finding the proverbial needle in the genealogy haystack. He edited the CVHGS problem statements and sent them off to the panel members. At 9, he went in to watch secret agent Jack Bauer almost die for the eighth time in the current series of 24. After doing the dishes, he came in and read everything then wrote this post. It's been a long day reading, writing and researching, but someone has to do it. After all, Devier Lamphier's parentage has been hidden for 170 years!

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.5 hours writing blog posts, 2.5 hours on CVGS things, 1.5 hours working on software, and 1.0 hour working on Lam/Lanphear research.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I've had plenty of long days of genealogy research like this, myself! But those are good days. I think most genealogists are like me in that when we're doing genealogy, we're so much "in the zone" that there's no real sense of the passage of time.

Stephanie
webmaster at Irish Genealogical