Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Randy's Genealogy Day - 8 December 2009

Only 16 shopping days until Christmas...where did the time go? I got sidetracked today on several tasks rather than concentrating on the Family Journal task. It stopped raining overnight, and was cloudy and cool all day. Finally found the missing trash can 100 yards down the street. Had to pick up all of the trash in the backyard can that got strewn across the yard by the wind last night. Put birdseed down on the cement for the bigger birds - the wrens use the feeder, which was really wet today.

* Read email, blogs and Twitter. Advent Calendar: Day 17 - Christmas Cookies posted in the morning. Researched and wrote Some Ancestry ExpertConnect Examples.

* Got cleaned up, did the backyard chores, and came back to answer some of the long-suffering Ancestry mail - answered four of the pending ones - there are five more to do. Of course, I expect them to answer ASAP which increases the load again.

* Saw Barbara's post about Anne Bradstreet, so wrote Tombstone Tuesday - Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet. Martin responded with a comment and a post, so had to look for Anne's baptism record and failed - my data is probably wrong - have no clue where I found it, of course, way back when, like 1991.

* Had lunch, ordered Christmas gifts for the grand-boys online, then worked more in the database on sources. Got sidetracked in Ancestry while looking for Pray surname records - found land records in the 17th century Providence RI town records book on Ancestry. They also have the Portsmouth RI town records book.

* Checked in on Facebook and Twitter, and answered some FB status lines. Somehow it got to be 5 p.m. without any memory of what I'd done since 3 p.m. Aha - remember that I worked on the Richman and Rich families (they weren't!) sorting out duplicate Facts and getting sources better.

* Went in to watch TV, read the paper and eat dinner, then waited for Linda to finish with computer. Came back in at 7 and read everything.

* Transcribed another page from Aunt Gerry's memories for the Journal, and added the Isaac Seaver biography and William Carpenter biography. So now I have 9 pages done, need to decide on pictures to add to it, then the front and back and I'm almost done. Lori called to talk about Christmas and stuff.

* Wrote this post, and am done for the night.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 1.0 hour answering Ancestry mail, 1.0 hour in Ancestry books, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 2.5 hours working in my database, and 2.5 hours working on Family Journal.

1 comment:

Bette Butcher said...

Randy, I have a William Carpenter family in RI. Also Robert Coles who d.in Warwick, RI i 1654. Carpenter was one of the original founders with Roger Williams of the Baptist church when they got to RI from Rehoboth, MA. Also have William Arnold in Providence Co.,RI died early spring 1676. They are all connected in my family. Had email with you before on FTM. I am originally from Encinitas, Escondido and now in Spokane, WA.
Good to read all your blogs.
Bette Butcher Topp