Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My genealogy day - 22 March 2011

The day started in Escondido in a motel where Angel Linda and I stayed two nights to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary.  We visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park near Escondido on Sunday and Monday - I got caught in a hail storm on Monday morning, and then heavy rain for about 20 minutes, so we went visiting our former pastor after that.  Had a fun two days.  We were home by 10 a.m. since it's less than 40 miles to Escondido up I-15.  I was able to keep up with email and blogs while we were gone with the free wifi service at the hotel, although I didn't blog at all.

*  Got the system on by 10:30 a.m., read email and blogs, and noted that Tuesday's Tip - use Arphax FREE Surname search engine posted this morning.  Answered a bunch of emails.  Wrote Exploring WikiTree - Adding Family Tree Widgets to your blog or website.  Had lunch.

*  Worked for awhile in WikiTree - tried to make my thumbnail photos the same size so they show the same size on the WikiTree trees.  Was only partially successful.  Had to capture more thumbs from other pictures in my computer files.  Wonder if the widgets adjust if an image is added? 

*  Captured DearMYRTLE's Getting Organized PDFs to refer to in the CVGS Genealogy 101 class.  Worked in my sources in the database - almost got through the S's!  Found that I had some RI cemetery sources wrong, and some not added, so spent a good hour getting them in the database and right. 

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch news, read the paper, and we had dinner.  Back online at 7 p.m. to read, and then posted States My Ancestors Lived In. 

*  Tried to summarize the Getting Organized ideas for the CVGS Genealogy 101 class.  Added some of my own ideas.  Now I need to make an example Notebook!  Re-organizing all of my paper files, and adding paper from the database, is a long-term goal but I have no inclination to do it for every family, just because it will take months of full-time effort which I don't have time for now!  Got some great ideas from DearMYRTLE's articles!

*  Added to the Best Of posts, then checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours - 1.0 hour doing email, 1.0 hour reading blogs, 1.0 hours writing blog posts, 1.0 hour working in WikiTree, 2.0 hours working in the database on sources, and 2.0 hours working on the Genealogy 101 presentation and handout.

1 comment:

Myrt said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Randy. :)

And they thought we'd become a paperless society, eh?

I don't care how "digital" we become, when it comes to good old-fashioned research, it really helps to lay all those printed docs out on a big table and sift through the mess.

The last few years it has been easier to work with the transcript than the original in the same sheet protector.

Below the transcript I like to put the conclusions I've come to with regards to the document thus far.

Of course, everything is subject to change when new documents come to light.

Oh, isn't it fun!?!!!!

M