Friday, March 25, 2011

My genealogy day - 25 March 2011

A stay at home day, even though I didn't plan it that way.  It was raining before noon so no walk on the bayfront.  Got some genealogy done, too!

*  Read my email and blogs, then posted The Genealogism Blog Collection.  I wonder what Chris Dunham is doing these days?  I miss his blog posts.  Worked in WikiTree a bit, then wrote Exploring Wikitree - Post 9: Another Search for Matches and set it for later.

*  Wrote NEHGS has a FREE Guest Account and set it for early afternoon.  Had lunch.  Answered several emails, two from distant cousins doing original research on our family lines.

*  Balanced the checkbooks and filed the paper.  Decided to make another Surname Notebook.  Picked the White family - 8 generations - to see how big a book it might make.  Printed out the pedigree chart, the family group sheets, and the narrative descendants report.  Got the binder apart and sorted the papers by family, correspondence, and supporting book chapters and periodical articles.  There are no photos or BMD certificates, but lots of wills and research notes.  Put the Surname book together in a three-inch notebook.  I found some interesting material also that I will use to source some of the Facts in the database WIGATI (When I Get Around To It).

*  Started a long email to a reader asking about how to start doing research.  May be blog fodder sometime.  Dinner called at 5:30 p.m.

*  Back online at 6:15 to finish the email, then worked on the CVGS Genealogy 101 Class 2 presentation and syllabus.  Then it was time for Geneabloggers Radio at 7, and I listened and chatted until 8, when WDYTYA came on. 

*  I thought the Buscemi episode was the most boring one so far.  It's an interesting story, but depressing.  Linda caught some things too - like how did they know it was the same Ralph Montgomery?  I can't believe that he scrolled through 11 months of newspaper articles on the microfilm machine either.  Someone probably did a lot of work beforehand.  I liked the touch of finding the cousin through the online family tree.  The meeting was great - they both added content for the other person.

*  Back online at 9:15 p.m., added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours - 2.0 hours doing email, 1.0 hour reading blogs, 2.5 hours writing blog posts, 2.0 hours putting the White surname book together, 0.5 hour in WikiTree, 0.5 hour on CVGS class, 1.0 hour on GBRadio, and 1.0 hour watching WDYTYA.

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