Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Genealogy Journal - 12 January 2010

Nice to have a day to "play" - stayed home and did fun things.

* Read email, blogs and twitter, and SDGS Saturday Seminar - Post 2: "Back Door" Deliveries posted. Researched and wrote Genealogy Site Traffic Trends - Ancestry.com and set it for later posting.

* Dusted off my "Genealogy - Be An Ancestor Detective" talk and cut it down from 100 slides to 60 slides for the talk to the PEO group next week. I have only 30 to 40 minutes to speak. Took out all of the boring word stuff, left the pictures. Easier than I thought. Even practiced it once.

* Ate lunch, then dove into the database. Started with the paper pile to left of computer. Got through an inch of paper in about five hours. Mostly bits of research done by me, but not put in database. Also some derivative but good source material copied at libraries. After 4 hours, tried to merge two individuals and got a message saying my database was corrupted and I needed to use the Backup file to start again. Huh! Oh holy superman...did I waste 4 hours? Would hate to do all of that over! Apprehensively clicked on the open file link and the newly added data was there...gotta remember to save every once in awhile, may not be so lucky next time. FTM 16 is pretty stable.

* Went in at 5:30 to watch TV, read paper, eat dinner, do dishes. Linda was on computer until 8:15. Shoulda used the laptop on wireless, I guess.

* Read everything, wrote "Genealogy Media Day" at Ancestry.com. Checked in on Facebook and Twitter, then wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.5 hours researching and writing blog posts, 1.0 hour working on presentation, and 5.0 hours working in database. A pretty fun day!

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