Thursday, April 23, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 04/23/09

I'm only two days away from the seminar, and now I'm almost ready to present it. This was a full genealogy day on a number of fronts.

After reading email and blogs and Twitter, I worked on answering questions posed by an Ancestry rep in preparation for a telephone call at 11 a.m. The cal went over an hour and we had a good conversation, but didn't answer all of the questions. We may connect again next week. I had lunch, got cleaned up and came back to the computer. I wrote Using's Hot Keys about the "New Search" feature - I really like it, and it makes using New Search my preference since I can get to the search box with one keystroke and no clicks, with some limitations.

I received another research problem for the seminar, so I edited the file and sent them all off to the panel again. I worked for awhile on the research problems - trying to find suggestions for further research by checking for FHLC entries, and online records, etc. I didn't finish but was really sleepy at 4:30 so I gave in and napped in my recliner for 30 minutes while watching TV (or not). I read the paper and we had dinner, and I was back on the computer at 7 p.m.

I downloaded the pictures from last night, and wrote When Genea-bloggers meet... Then it was working on the seminar syllabus which I finished and sent off to be copied. I worked on several more research problems too, and then on the presentation. I'm almost finished with it now - I added the Senate bill summary and need to add my summary tables and I'm done. Over 110 slides now - for an 80 minute (really fast) talk. Then I wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 1.0 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 2.0 hours on Ancestry telecon, and 4.0 hours on CVGS seminar handout, research problems and presentation.

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