Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My genealogy day - 29 February 2012

It's the last day of February, so I'll do my statistics at the end of this post.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 194: My Junior High Graduation and Escondido (CA) Family History Fair is Saturday, 3 March and set it for later in the morning.  Wrote Does Genealogy Software Force Me to be Conclusion-Based? and set it for mid-afternoon.

*  Packed up and left at 11:10 a.m. for the gas station ($4.29.9 per gallon), then McDonald's for lunch, and then the library for the CVGS meeting.  Met with Ann and Dorothy and John to talk about the CVGS library list. 

*  Dr. Steven Schoenherr spoke on Key Moments in Chula Vista History using a slide show.  There were some interesting maps in the presentation, and he sure knows the people and the events.  

*  Home by 3 p.m. to read, then worked on the Blogging presentation some more.  

*  Went in at 4:45 p.m. to cut the front lawn, then watched TV, read the paper, ate dinner, and did the dishes before coming back at 7 p.m. to read.

*  Answered some email, corrected the last blog post, did one page of 1871 English census indexing, checked Facebook, and finished through 360 in Find-A-Grave for Seavers.   Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post. 

End of February (29 days) Genea-Musings statistics:

* 972 Feedburner (email) readers (+21)
* 1,222 Google Reader readers (+65)
*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  worldwide: 235,897; US:  42,717 (Alexa)
*  68,561 page views (2364 per day, Blogger Stats)
* 28,229 web page visits (973 per day, Site-meter) (+166)
* 45,043 page views (1,553 per day, Site-meter) (+225)
Those are the best month statistics ever!

End-of-February statistics for RootsMagic database:

* 41,478 persons (-24)
* 16,479 families (+19)
* 109,453 events (+345)
* 5,086 places (+104)
* 744 sources (+11)
* 26,649 citations (+878)

 I'm up to 24.3% (+0.7%) for citations/events and 64.2% (+2.1%) for citations/persons.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My genealogy day - 28 February 2012

This was an all-genealogy day, mostly blogging.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use Find-A-Grave for Cemetery Records.

*  Worked in FTM 2012 and RootsMagic to make a 1940 Census list,  and then wrote Making a List of Persons Alive in the 1940 US Census.  Worked some more, and wrote No Such Thing as a Useless Post ...

*  Had lunch, worked in the database turning Devier Smith into an Evidence-based guy, and then wrote

Trying to be an Evidenced-Based Researcher- Does This Work?

*  Answered some email, added to the Best Of blog post, and went in for dinner.

*  Back online at 6:45 p.m. to read, then did one page of 1871 UK census indexing (beautiful handwriting!), and worked in Find-a-Grave for awhile.  Got to Ebenezer Seaver listings.  Added several families to the database too.  

*  Checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Monday, February 27, 2012

My genealogy day - 27 February 2012

Two more days in February, and it's already the best month for Genea-Musings Stats ever.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Amanuensis Monday - Deed of Elizabeth H. Smith to Lucy Butterfield in Medfield in 1841.

*  Researched and wrote More on Conclusion-Based and Evidence-Based Genealogy.

*  Worked on the Blogging presentation for the Family History Fair.  Had to pretty much revise the whole presentation because of the changes in Blogger since two years ago.  

*  Tried to do indexing, but it wouldn't let me on.  Researched and wrote I'm On It, But Not In It.

*  Went in at 5:30 for dinner, then watched TV until 6:45 p.m.  Back online to read, then tried to make a Custom Report for persons alive in 1940 in RM5, LFT7 or FTM2012 with little success.  Found link to RM5 mailing list with hints on how to do it in RM5 and made a list, but has 39 pages.  Pretty useless unless I can parse it more.  Ah, I could use the smaller database with only ancestral families! Experimented with the FTM Book Creator and made it work.

*  Tried Indexing again and was able to do one page that someone had become frustrated with.  The handwriting was difficult.  Took awhile to do that page!

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

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My genealogy day - 26 February 2012

It was a fairly full genealogy Sunday for me.

*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19 to 25 February 2012 post and set it for after noon. 

*  Went off to church at 9:20 a.m., stayed for the Deacon desserts, and home by 12:15 p.m.

*  Jumped into Scanfest, and scanned 28 pages from the Richmond notebooks and also some Westminster VR pages.  Set up the FTM Book Creator and sent away for the key.  Answered some emails and Ancestry messages.  Synced my FTM 2012 file too.  

*  Did one page of FSIndexing - terrible handwriting in Bucks.  Wrote CVGS Program on Wednesday, 29 February: Key Moments in Chula Vista History.  Also put it on the CV Genealogy Cafe blog, and wrote another post there.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner and read the paper.  Back online at 7 p.m.

*  Read everything, checked Facebook, added to the new Best Of post, then worked in Find-A-Grave for awhile.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My genealogy day - 25 February 2012

It was a stay-at-home, don't put your shoes on day...and I got quite a bit done.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - LNU (Rhode Island) posted.

*  signed up for FamilySearch Indexing, watched the video, did the easy test, and indexed some 1871 UK census records.  Wrote Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - FamilySearch Indexing.  Indexed a bit more.

*  Listened to the MySociety Radio show with Whited, Kaufman and Oxley.  Good discussion.  Tepid chat board.  Indexed some more.

*  Worked on the Wiki presentation for next Saturday - got the slides done and think it's ready to go.  Will be a challenge to get it all in 60 minutes.  Sent email about carpool to Escondido FHFair on Saturday.

*  Did some more indexing.  Worked in the database a bit doing random corrections and additions.  Deleted a bunch of loose people and folks that I'm not related to.  Pruning the tree!

*  Went in at 6 p.m. for dinner, then watched TV news and SDSU basketball.

*  Back online at 7:45 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and then search for female Seaver spouses in the census records.  Found a bunch.  Lots more to find.  Checked Facebook, then wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Friday, February 24, 2012

My genealogy day - 24 February 2012

It was a fairly full, and hectic, genealogy day.

*  Read email and blogs, then posted Follow Friday - This Weekend's Genealogy Radio Shows and then wrote

Follow-Up Friday - More on Evidence-Based and Conclusion-Based Genealogy.  Changed my blog background again.  That filled up the morning pretty well!

*  Left at 11:30 for the pharmacy, then McDonalds for lunch, and the bank.  The lines were too long at the gas station even though the price was only $4.05.

*  Home by 12:34 to read, then balanced the checking accounts.  Wrote My Fold3 Subscription was Discounted Because I have an Subscription.  Also wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  Answered some emails, wrote another email to AppleTree about privacy, and went in at 5:15 p.m. for dinner, then watched TV news until 6.

*  Listened to Geneabloggers Radio at 6 p.m., chatted on the chat board, and spent some time on for the after-party.  Then watched the Blair Underwood episode of WDYTYA?

*  Online again at 9, I added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My genealogy day - 23 February 2012

My genealogy day started at 11 a.m. today - after we got home from our two day Disneyland extravaganza with the grandgirls and their parents.  My feet and legs are killing me after pushing Linda around Disneyland all day Wednesday.  I'm so glad that she used her walker on Tuesday!

*  Up at 7 p.m. to check out, ate at Carrows, checked my email and Facebook on the iphone there.  Hit the road by 8:45 a.m. and were home by 10 a.m.  Linda did her email for awhile and I caught up on mail and newspaper.

*  Checked email, answered some, filed some, then read blogs.  Got through about 400 posts and added some to the Best Of post.  Had lunch.

*  Back at it, wrote's New Interactive Image Viewer.  Checked new FamilySearch databases too. 

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to read the paper and take a nap.  Watched TV news, read the NGS Magazine, and we had dinner.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read the rest of the blogs (440 or so), then checked Facebook and Twitter.  Answered more email.  Did some random genealogy to add content to the database in the Metcalf family.  Then did really random genealogy for awhile just picking people off the list without any birth date and seeing what I can find.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Monday, February 20, 2012

My genealogy day - 20 February 2012

This was a very full genealogy day - lots of blogging and searching and data entering.

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Deed of Alpheus B. Smith to Simeon Richardson in Medfield in 1834 posted.

*  Wrote Events, Assertions, Evidence, Facts, Sources, Analysis, Conclusions, Software, Oh My! and then worked on the software part of it.

*  Answered a few emails, wrote two posts on the CVGS blog, including CVGS Joins 1940 U.S. Census Community Projectand two more for this week on Genea-Musings.

*  Had lunch, and wrote Are You an Evidence-Based or a Conclusion-Based Genealogist?

*  Went out and walked a bit trying to get used to it again.  My foot doesn't hurt as much after two weeks with the orthotics, but it still hurts.  We'll see how it goes on Tuesday at Disneyland.

*  Added information from the Cleaver book to the database for several families.  I think I've finished the ACPL material now after only 5 months.

*  Went in for dinner, then watched TV and read the paper and did the dishes.

*  Back online at 6:30 to read, add to the Best Of post, worked more in AppleTree, answered more emails, and then worked for awhile in Find-a-Grave adding content and sources to the database.  Got up to about 310 on the Seaver list.  Found quite a few great obituaries for one family line.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My genealogy day - 19 February 2012

It was a fairly full genealogy Sunday.  Not all day, but significant.

U*  Read email and blogs, and got the Best Of post ready to go.  Went off to church at 9:15 a.m. for my committee meeting.

*  Home from church at 11:30 a.m., read everything, had lunch, then noted that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 February 2012 posted.

*  I have no immediate recollection of what I did for several hours this afternoon.  I know that I did not do any research online or any database work.  That's frustrating!  I know what it was - I wrote five posts for Tuesday through Thursday!  See, I only lose my mind occasionally, and then I usually find it.  

*  I watched three of the videos from RootsTech and also made the hotel reservation for Anaheim this week.  

*  Went in for dinner at 5:15 p.m. and watched TV and read the paper until 6 p.m.  Back online to read, add to the Best Of post, and answer some emails.

*  Went to Find-a-Grave at 7:30 p.m. and added a bunch of Seaver entries.  Got through #280 on the Seaver list.  I've actually done a lot more since I do the whole cemetery list of Seaver when I find more than one.  Added two new families also based on FAG and Ancestry census records.  

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My genealogy day - 18 February 2012

It was a different genealogy day for me ... a visit to a new speaking venue with some surprises.  good ones!

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - CHASE (England > Massachusetts) posted.  

*  We left at 8:45 a.m. for Mission Viejo.  Listened to 50s and 60s music on CD on the way up.  Got to the LDS Church sat 10 a.m. just when the SOCCGS meeting started.  Their business meeting ended at 10:40 so I was able to get set up then and was ready when everyone came back from the break.  David flint introduced me, and off I went on my 60 minute tour of searching.  

*  It went well, I answered questions for awhile with individuals, and then we met the group down at the local Carrow's for lunch.  That was fun...their society seems to be thriving - they're well organized, their officers are accessible and industrious, and the meeting was very smooth.

*  We headed for home at 2 p.m. and had traffic all the way down to Del Mar when it finally broke up.  We were home by 3:45 - it took 30 minutes longer to get home than to go up.  We listened to the 60s usic and then Beach Boys music, but heard the last 6 minutes of the Aztecs basketball game too.

*  I noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestral Name Roulette had posted and tweeted/plused it.  Went in at 4:15 to watch TV news, read the paper and take a nap after the drive.  We had dinner, and I watched TV until 6:30 p.m.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then did 1902-1904 in the SSDI for Seaver births, and then answered an Ancestry mail about one family in the northwest.  Added some info to the database from this and a well-documented AMT.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, added new blogs to the Reader, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Friday, February 17, 2012

My genealogy day - 17 February 2012

It was a stay-at-home all-genealogy day...

*  Read email and blogs, wrote How the World Views Genealogists... and answered some email.

*  Worked in AppleTree to hide names of living several families done.  Big problem, that!  Noted that Review - "QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer's Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes" posted.

*  Wrote Follow Friday - This Weekend's Radio Shows and set it for early afternoon and Follow-Up Friday - Some Interesting Reader Comments and set it for later in the afternoon.

*  Worked on the presentation for Saturday, and did some review and rehearsal.  Transferred it to flash drive, Dropbox and laptop.   Wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. for dinner, then watched TV news and read paper until almost 6 p.m.

*  Listened to Geneabloggers Radio from 6 to 7:30, then to until 8 p.m., when I decided to write the SNGF post.  

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and worked in Ancestry trying to capture data for some sparsely defined Vaux families.  Had some luck!  Wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 12.0 hours.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My genealogy day - 16 February 2012

One more presentation notch on the laptop and projector barrel.

*  Read email and blogs, posteTreasure Chest Thursday - World War II Draft Registration of Lyle L. Carringer.  

*  Answered some email, then noted that Review - "QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer's Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)" posted.  Wrote "Searching Effectively" at South Orange County, California Genealogical Society on Saturday, 18 February and set it for early afternoon.

*  Printed off my 50 copies of the handout for today (almost forgot!), then packed the laptop bag.  Checked email and blogs, and had lunch.

*  We left at 1 p.m. for University city library, got there at 1:30 and got set up.  Had over 50 attendees in a small room.  Very responsive audience, that was great.  Lots of questions.  My "This is Your Life..." thing seemed to be a hit too.  

*  We left at 3:45 and went to the Hunter in Mission Valley for dinner.  Home by 6:30 p.m.

*  Online at 6:30, answered some email, registered for Legacy cruise in May, checked Facebook, did a little research on John R Hall, and added to the Best Of post.  Did 1900-1901 on the SSDI for Seaver.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My genealogy day - 15 February 2012

It was an all-genealogy, all day long type of day.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 192: Randy Perched on a Table and then CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 18 February: Nancy Loe on "Think Like an Archivist."

*  Researched and wrote City Directories Added on and set it for early afternoon.  Gathered my stuff up for the library and went off to lunch at McDonalds.

*  Got to the library at 11:40 a.m. and set up the Computer Lab for the Computer Group meeting.  We had only 7, but that was OK because we got to pursue some brick walls for Jaye and Joanna.  

*  Home by 2:45 p.m. with the projector for Thursday and Saturday.  Read everything, then added my mother's pix and records to my Thursday presentation - a "This is Your Life" to inspire and encourage attendees to do something similar.  Put updated file on flash drive and laptop too.

*  Went in at 5:30 for dinner, then put out the trash and read the paper and watched TV news.

*  Online again at 7 p.m. to read, post 1940 U.S. Census "I'm In It" Video and then worked on Richmonds in the SSDI.  worked on Seaver for birth years 1896-1899 also.  

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My genealogy day - 14 February 2012

Ah, Valentine's Day.  I well recall 42 years asking a certain young lady to be my Valentine for the rest of her life.  She said yes.  Lucky me, Mr. Romantic!

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that It's Valentine's Day Census-Whacking Time posted.  Wrote Tuesday's Tip - Pennsylvania Death Index, 1906 to 1961 now online.

*  Worked on the Pennsylvania Death records for Carringer.  Got through them all by 2 p.m.  Went out at 10:30 a.m. to Costco to get flowers and stopped at Rite-Aid for a card.  Found an angel one!  Noted that

Review - "QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer's Guide to the Research Process" posted.

*  Wrote My Software Wish List - A Historical Place Name Jurisdiction Catalog (HPJNC).

*  We left at 3:45 p.m. for dinner at Outback.  My filet was fine, she sent hers back and order got messed up.  She brought hers home, and it was comped.  Again.

*  Watched TV news and read the paper until 6:30, then online to read, add to the Best Of post, answer some email, and put the two presentations on the flash drive.  

*  Added SSDI data for Seaver born between 1891 and 1895.  figured out a better way to do the searches in RootsMagic.  

*  Checked Facebook, nobody ever comments on my posts... and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Monday, February 13, 2012

My genealogy day - 13 February 2012

Uh-oh, the pressure to get a meaningful Valentine's Day gift for my angel.  I know, Costco roses!  works every time.  I need a mushy card too.  Mr. Romantic, eh?

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Deed of Alpheus B. Smith to Lois Smith posted. Wrote Are You Prepared to Research Without the SSDI? ad set it for later in the morning.

*  Finalized my Ancestry syllabus for next Saturday at SOCCGS and sent it off to David.  Watched two videos from RootsTech.  Reviewed several syllabi from RootsTech also.

*  Worked for quite a while in SSDI, California Deaths, California Marriages and California Births, and GenealogyBank to find data for descendants of DJ and Abbie (Vaux) Smith, especially the spouses of the Smith kids. Had pretty good luck with Ashdowns - got that family fairly well defined.  Found death notices for several of these folks on GB.

*  Wrote Book Review - "Hey, America , Your Roots Are Showing" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and posted it, with tweets and Pluses.  Back into the Smith descendants, and then started in on Thomas Richmond descendants too.  Need to go back one more generation and find families also.

*  Went in for dinner at 5:15 p.m. then read the paper and watched TV until 6:30 p.m.

*  Online again at 6:30 p.m. to add to the Best Of and RootsTech blog posts.  Wrote three QuickSheet reviews for the next few days.  Checked Facebook too.

*  Back into the SSDI on Ancestry again - did the 1880 to 1890 Seaver folks.  Discovered fairly easy way to find females in the SSDI - search for the given name and match the birth date.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 12.0 hours.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My genealogy day - 12 February 2012

Ten score and three years ago, one of the greatest Americans was born...

*  Read email and blogs, and finished off the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 5 to 11 February 2012 post.

*  Off to church at 9:30, home by 11:30 a.m.

*  Read up, transcribed one of the Alpheus Smith deeds for Monday.  Captured Seaver/variants, Carringer, Auble and Vaux entries in SSDI and saved them to surname folders.  Just in case!

*  Wrote Jeffrey Bockman on the Future of Genealogy.  Watched two Lisa Cooke videos from RootsTech.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, and eat dinner.  Back online at 7 p.m. to watch more RootsTech videos, and wrote More RootsTech 2012 Videos.

*  Wrote my SDGS program review, sent it to Diane.  Answered some emails.  Checked in on Facebook.  Worked in SSDI - added 2011 deaths, 2010 deaths and 1870-1880 births for Seaver to database.  Added to the Best of post, and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My genealogy day - 11 February 2012

Had a fairly busy genealogy day - even got some things finished!

*  Read email and blogs in a hurry.  Wrote the SNGF post.  Noted that Surname Saturday - HAWKINS (England > Rhode Island) posted.  Left at 9:15 a.m. for the SDGS meeting.

*  Got to SDGS meeting at 9:40 a.m., talked to Del and met Allet who wants a talk in July.  Met Hal and his wife, and Hal gave two talks on British Research.  Very well done - he is very organized.  I loved the examples.

*  Home by 1 p.m. to read, note that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Two Degrees of Separation posted.  Added my two cents to last week's SNGF, and found Geolover's entry and added that too.

*  Worked on the Genealogy talk for next Thursday and got the handout ready.  Renamed all of my photos from the FHL to useful file names, printed out the Alpheus Smith deeds and probate records, and labelled them.  Put research log entries in for Alpheus Smith.  Answered some emails too.  Modified the Genea-Musings archives so every post can be found.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper, eat dinner, etc.

*  Back online at 6:30 p.m. to read, worked on the Ayres and Barron data from the Freeman book I got at ACPL in September - my entries from that book are now complete.  I need to work my way down the to-be-entered pile because I keep adding material to the to-be-entered pile!

*  Added to the Best Of and RootsTech blog posts, checked Facebook, played a little in in the City Directories collection, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Friday, February 10, 2012

My genealogy days - 9 and 10 February 2012

I know, I missed writing my journal last night.  It's not like I have a perfect record, is it?

1)  Thursday, 9 February:

*  I can't recall everything I did on this day, but I know that I read a lot of blogs, wrote four blog posts on Genea-Musings, played around with my blog design some more, and watched the Jay Verkler show once more.

*  The blog posts were:  Treasure Chest Thursday - Death Index Record of Abigail Gates (1774-1855)Rasputin, Time Travel, Worm Holes - oh my!RootsTech 2012 Photos - Exhibitors, and Do you Believe the FamilySearch Vision of the Future?

*  I no sooner got the last one done and Linda reminded me that we were going to the theatah see Guys and Dolls over in Coronado at Lambs Players Theater.  We left at 5:30 p.m. for the pizza place near the theater, had a nice dinner, and then had plenty of time for the 7:30 p.m. curtain.  It was over at 10 p.m., and we were home by 10:30 p.m.  I managed to read my email and blogs on the iPhone before the show and at the intermission.

*  We were home by 10:30 p.m., and I updated the Best Of post and the RootsTech post, checked Facebook, and didn't write a Geneaholic post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

2)  Friday, 10 February:

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Follow Friday - This Weekend's Genealogy Radio Shows, and Answers to Questions from and set it for later in the morning.

*  Started in on the Ancestry Search presentation and handout for next week.  Got it half done in the morning.

*  Wrote three posts on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog.

*  Wrote Follow-Up Friday - another Potpourri of Reader Comments and then finished the presentation and handout.  Had to change out about 50% of the screen shots.  Not much has changed since July 2011, though.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post and set it for Saturday.  Checked the and recent additions to the collections, and found, and wrote about, the California Death Index, 1905 to 1939 on FamilySearch!  

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, had dinner, and came back to listen to the Geneabloggers Radio Show, spent 25 minutes on the after-party, and then watched the Marisa Tomei episode of WDYTYA?  Ho hum.  

*  Online at 9 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of and RootsTech blog posts, checked Facebook and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 12.0 hours.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My genealogy day - 8 February 2012

A little blogging, a little research, a CVGS Research Group meeting, and some blog tweaking.  Hmmm, I didn't really advance the ball anywhere, and my two presentations next week await my input.  

*  Read email and blogs, added to the Best Of a RootsTech links post.  Wrote 

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 191: Randy's Little Red Pedal Car and then Save the SSDI: Sign the RPAC Petition - and then write letters and set it for later.

*  Wrote RootsTech 2012 Photos - Geneabloggers! and then collected my syllabus materials and books and went to McDonalds for lunch and the library for the CVGS Research Group.

*  got set up in the Computer Lab, and we had two hours of discussion about RPAC/SSDI, RootsTech videos and syllabus, WDYTYA?, Familysearch Wiki and Research Courses, and the research process.   Talked to Jeanie and David afterwards about finding German church records in FHL films and online databases.

* Home by 3 p.m. to read, then wrote San Diego Genealogical Society Meeting on 11 February - Hal Horrocks Presentations.  Answered several emails.  Checked out new Ancestry databases, and added data/sources from World War II Draft Registrations for Seaver folks.

*  Went in for dinner at 6 p.m., then read the paper and watched TV news, and put out the trash.  

*  Back online at 7 p.m. to read, finish up the WW2 data, checked Facebook, talked to Lori on the phone, added to the Best Of and RootsTech links posts, and tweaked the blog template again.  Wrote this post!

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My genealogy day - 7 February 2012

Drat, I feel like I wasted the day watching RootsTech videos.  The only thing I accomplished was six blog posts and another mod to the Genea-Musings blog template.

*  Read email and blogs, and added to both the Best Of post and the RootsTech post summary.  Wrote Tuesday's Tip - Download and Read the RootsTech 2012 Syllabus.

*  Watched the Jay Verkler keynote at RootsTech.  Wrote Family History Library Photos - Geneabloggers!

*  Watched some of Josh Taylor's talk and Thomas MacEntee's talk at RootsTech.

*  Wrote Glimpses of GEDCOM X.  Wrote Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - February 2012 and 

February 2012 CVGS Newsletter is Available.  

*  Worked on the Genea-Musings template again - got the Link roll updated and alphabetized.  Somehow it reverted back to about 5 years ago when I changed to new Blogger. That took a long time.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to have dinner, read the paper and watch the news.  Linda had a GNO tonight.

*  Back online at 6:30 p.m. to watch Lisa Cooke's video and Ron Tanner's video at RootsTech.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post and the RootsTech blog post, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My genealogy day - 6 February 2012

Today was a really full genealogy day.  I got two major tasks finished, and several just started.

We returned from Salt Lake City on Sunday afternoon - got home at 4:45 p.m. just in time to see the end of the first half of the Super Bowl.  Unpacked everything, read the mail and papers, and watched the game.  Didn't do much in the way of genealogy.

Monday, 6 February:

*  Read my email and blogs, wrote Interesting RootsTech 2012 Blog Posts.  Started working on the CVGS Newsletter (it was about 50% done before we left) and had it finished by 12 noon.  Edited it, saved it, and had lunch.

*  Wrote One more chance to win an iPad from RootsMagic and then A plea: Put a link to your blog post in your blog post.   Exported Genea-Musings as a backup to the makeover.

*  Left at 2 p.m. for the UPS Store to publish the CVGS Newsletter.  Home by 2:30 p.m. to read, then upload all of my pictures from the iPhone and copied all of my microfilm scans from the flash drive and organized them a bit.  Sorted the stuff in my laptop bag.  Emailed the CVGS list about the newsletter.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. for dinner, then read the paper and watched TV news until 6:30 p.m.

*  Listened to Myrt's webinar about RootsTech Conference, and printed off a number of syllabus articles to share on Wednesday.

*  Decided to switch from "old Blogger" to "new Blogger."  It went smoothly.  Got my new template, changed font sizes, font colors, page widths, added labels, links, counter, email, and archives.  Shoulda done it a long time ago, I know!

*  Wrote A Genea-Musings Makeover and then added to the Best Of post and the RootsTech post, checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 12.5 hours.