Sunday, December 23, 2012

My genealogy Sunday - 23 December 2012

It wasn't much of a genealogy Sunday, but I did make some progress.

*  Read email and blogs, and got Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 December 2012 ready to post.

*  Watched the pre-game show and Chargers game (we beat Jets 27-17).  

*  Got the electronics in the laptop case, wrapped the gifts I have, and went off searching for a gift certificate at Von's and Best Buy without success.  So he gets  check with a picture of a gift certificate!  

*  Home at 3:15 p.m. to read, check Facebook, watch more football, and play with the iPhone.  Added some apps.  Noted that Christmas Names in the Ancestry Records posted.

*  Online to answer email, read blogs, and then we had dinner and watched more football.

*  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, wrote two more blog posts for the next week, then worked in Find A Grave on MyHeritage for awhile, adding content and sources.  

*  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was about 4.5 hours.

I'll be away for 8 days now, should return just in time for New Year's Eve!  Genea-Musings is on automatic pilot and this blog will be dormant for awhile.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

My genealogy day - 22 December 2012

Two more shopping days (but I'm just about done...) and 9 more days in 2012.  Wow.

*  Read email and blogs, then noted that Surname Saturday - CLARK (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.  Did my last minute online shopping.

*  Had more computer problems with slowness and memory use - rebooted and it helped a lot.  May have to do with Linda's identity.

*  Wrote Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Being Santa Claus and next week's also.  Wrote two more blog posts for next week.

*  Got laptop running, and put latest database into RootsMagic and FTM 2012.

*  After lunch, worked in the database for a long time adding content and sources from online resources.  Added some maiden names too.  

*  Answered some email and put all of the Sent Mail into folders.  

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper, eat dinner, watch football, and read my book.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, then worked in the database some more, and did 40 entries in California Death Index on MyHeritage.  Deleted a bunch of living people from the database too.  

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Friday, December 21, 2012

My genealogy day - 21 December 2012

Hey, we're still here after Mayan Fools Day!  Now I'll go shopping!  Um, just remembered that Linda has been shopping for herself for weeks and has lots of stuff for herself which I can wrap.  Cool.

*  Read email and blogs - wrote Follow-Up Friday - Interesting and Helpful Reader Comments.  Wrote Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Days 15 to 21 and set it for later.

*  Wrote eight more blog posts for next week - mostly Christmas and end-of-year related.  I'm not going to have any time until 1 January to do any serious work or writing.

*  Left at 12 noon for the pharmacy, drug store, bank and post office to run errands.

*  Home after 1 p.m. to read, write more blog posts for next week, check databases, check Facebook and Google Plus, etc.

*  Had a major problem with 100% CPU usage, email loading slow, web pages loading slow, finally saw (after two reboots) the little indicator in the right taskbar that said my Firewall was not active.  Huh??  How did the happen?  I don't recall it ever happening?  I activated the firewall, rebooted, and everything perks along real nice...we'll see!  Wrote two more posts for next week.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to read the paper, watch the news, eat dinner and wash the dishes.

*  Onlnie at 6:45 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and try to think of something to blog about...nothing came to mind so I didn't.  Got into the database and checked many source citations for Dedham VRs (on AmericanAncestors) and Medfield VRs (on Google Books).  Added some, fixed some, deleted some sources.  Added many more Mass VR books (free!) to my Google Play book list.

*  Made a new GEDCOM file, and uploaded to FTM 2012.  Will put it into Dropbox tonight and load it tomorrow on the old laptop, then update all of the programs on the laptop.

*  Checked Facebook, answered some email, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My genealogy day - 20 December 2012

The end of the world?  When?  Tomorrow?  Oh no, if I back up my genealogy tonight will someone find it sometime?  Or has this all been for nought?  Oh well, nothing we can do about it.  If we wake up in the morning, and it's all still here, then i'll keep blogging.

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1900 U.S. Census Record for Charles Auble Family.

*  We left at 9 a.m. for the shopping center to look for gifts for Linda, and get See's Candy as gifts for others.  What a debacle - two hours of wandering around stores with little that she was interested in.  Did get the candy, though, and I got two free pieces for my morning snack.

*  Home after 11 a.m. to read, then wrote Finished Using MyHeritage Record Matching for SSDI Matches.  

*  Checked Ancestry and FamilySearch for new databases, and found Ranslow Smith in the Wisconsin BLM Tract collection.  Then worked in FamilySearch Family Tree for the two Kemp families.  

*  Checked out the FamilySearch Books and read some, then had a "blue screen of death" experience, rebooted, and finished up FamilySearch "Books" - More than Old Books!  Checked Facebook, looked for an obituary in GenealogyBank for a CVGS query.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch the Poinsettia Bowl, eat dinner, read the paper.  Aztecs led 6-3 at the half, but BYU defense made it 23-6.

*  Online at 8:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and did 18 Find A Grave entries, plus more, from the MyHeritage list.  Added content and sources to the database.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My genealogy day - 19 December 2012

Five more shopping days until Christmas - I think I'm going shopping tomorrow with Linda...and she showed me some jewelry in a catalog.  Cool.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 236: Marion and Betty at Cabrillo Monument and Tools on the RootsMagic App and set it for later.

*  Answered email, and packed up the laptop and off at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch and then to the library for the CVGS Computer Group.  The library wifi was really slow...and there were too many conversations ongoing throughout the meeting.  Didn't accomplish much...but I wasn't the leader, just an attendee.

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to read, then write Evidentia - Evidence Evaluation Software.  Wrote a book  review post for the week we're gone.  

*  Worked in the database capturing birth, marriage and death records for Richmond and Seaver folks on AmericanAncestors, and adding sources for them.  Will upload the images to the database soon.

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30 to watch TV, eat dinner, put out the trash, read the paper and wash the dishes.

*  Online before 7 p.m. to read, then added more content for Richmond and White families using data on Ancestry, AA and Find A Grave.  

*  Finished off the 774 (total) SSDI entries on the MyHeritage Record Search list.  Only 17 rejections, all 0.5 star matches.  Worked a bit on the California Death Index list - got 40 checked - I already had most of them sourced.  

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

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My genealogy Tuesday - 18 December 2012

It was another cold, rainy day outside the Genealogy Cave, so I stayed warm and toasty inside and played with genealogy stuff all day.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip - Copyright Issues Presentation.  Watched the Evidentia YouTube videos - this looks pretty good, but there's a glaring problem.  Answered some emails.

*  Got the iPhone out and made some screenshots of Lists and Tools.  They look pretty good.  Wrote Lists on the RootsMagic App.

*  Called up Fold3 and renewed my subscription.  Played around on Fold3 looking for new stuff, didn't find anything earthshaking.  They have lots of Massachusetts town VR transcriptions.

*  Checked in on my Ancestry DNA matches.  Answered a message on Ancestry.

*  Started adding events, sources and media for the Schaffner family, but had to tune into the RootsMagic webinar on the RootsMagic app.  Got messed up in my file folders by not concentrating on what I was clicking on (Delete instead of Paste...that creates lots of problems!).  The webinar had audio problems, so they postponed it until 4 p.m.  That let me find my missing files in the Recycle Bin and get them back in order, and add more media to the database.  Wrote Whew, Multi-tasking Sometimes Creates Problems.

*  Watched/Listened to the webinar at 4 p.m. and didn't learn much.  Bruce did a good job of going through all of the screens on his iPad.  The iPad screens look different from the iPhone screens!

*  Went in for dinner at 5 p.m. watched TV news, read the paper and did the dishes.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, answer some email, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook and G+, and found a hotel room in Huntington Beach for Christmas.

*  Worked in the database for several hours, working with the Ca surnames.  Found quite a bit in Ancestry databases and AmericanAncestors databases, added some content and sources.

*  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Monday, December 17, 2012

My genealogy Monday - 17 December 2012

I still haven't gone shopping...except online.

*  Read email and blogs and wrote Amanuensis Monday - Martin Carringer's Revolutionary War Pension File: Post 3 - the Widow's Declaration.  

*  Saw the RootsMagic app post and downloaded the app and loaded the database.  Took screen shots of my database.

*  Watched and listened to Mondays With Myrt webinar while doing the RootsMagic app work.

*  Researched and wrote First Look at RootsMagic App for iOS Devices.

*  Worked in the file folder system for awhile - added some images to the RootsMagic database for Jonathan Oatley and several others.  

*  Researched and wrote How Can I Obtain Massachusetts Probate Records?

*  Worked to add content and sources for persons in my database using Ancestry, FamilySearch and AmericanAncestors databases.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper, watch football, eat dinner and wash the dishes.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, add more content to the database.  Added content and sources from the Peckham book I copied pages from back in 2011.  I need to do more of that from my "To be filed" file.  There are about 10 TAG articles to do.

*  Did the last 33 Record Matches for the SSDI on MyHeritage, but I have over 700 more low-star matches to look at.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My genealogy day - 16 December 2012

This was a decent genealogy Sunday for me...mainly because the San Ddiego stinking Chargers were blacked out!

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best Of post.

*  We left for church at 9:20 a.m., and were home at 12 noon after a stop at Ralph's for groceries.  Watched football and read the paper and had lunch until 1 p.m.

*  Online to note that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 9 to 15 December 2012 posted and listened to the Chargers game.  It ended up 31-7, a loss to Carolina, and it wasn't that close.  That's the worst game of the year.

*  I spent the time listening to the game working on the Leland census events, sources and images.  Had to find several census records and save them.  That was fun...

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to watch football, and saw Charger lowlights afterwards.  Then the news, and we ate dinner watching the Sunday night game.

*  Came in at halftime to work, and never left!  Worked in the database in the Ca surnames...then found some Richard Smith of early Ipswich data that was interesting, so I collected some of it and straightened out his family.  

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

Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My genealogy day - 15 December 2012

It was a cold rainy day again - missed getting to go to the CGSSD meeting (not held!).  Didn't go shopping, either!

*  Read email in a hurry, then off to Church men's Bible study breakfast at Jimmy's.

*  Home by 9:15 a.m. to read, note that Surname Saturday - ELLIS (England > Massachusetts) posted, and wrote the SNGF post.

*  Answered several emails, then started on the Surname file folders.  I wanted to get useful material into the Ancestor Files, especially books or reports that are authoritative.  This took several hours.  noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Blog Caroling!!! posted.

*  Did some research and answered email from an elderly Seaver looking for his ancestry.  Worked for several hours in Ancestry and FamilySearch to identify four generations of folks, including him in 1930 and 1940 census.  

*  Went in for dinner at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, eat dinner, and wash the dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to sort out the Leland-McKnew family stuff into organized file folders.  Got it mostly done, and files renamed to standards.  Now I can see what I don't have and can attach images to persons in the database.  

*  Did 20 more SSDI entries and several Find A Grave entries from the MyHeritage Record Search lists.  Added content and sources to the database, plus checked several families on Ancestry to get birthplaces and approximate birth years.  

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

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours

Friday, December 14, 2012

My genealogy day - 14 December 2012

It was a stay-at-home day with sporadic  rain showers, and cold - it didn't get above 58F.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Follow-Up Friday - Interesting and Helpful Reader Comments. Researched for awhile, then wrote "Genealogies" Replaces "Trees" on FamilySearch Home Page.

*  Did some online shopping for Christmas.  Got boardwalk passes for the boys.

*  Found the missing England census records on for Rich and Richman, and captured the images, added the media, and crafted source citations for them.  Added them to the research logs. 

*  Worked with the free trial Charting Companion program for awhile - it's not as good as I hoped. Deleted plenty of Alt. Birth and Alt. death events from Vaux and related persons.  Made a report - 11 pages of alt. births!

*  Answered some emails.  Checked Facebook, then wrote the Surname Saturday post and the two Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories posts.

*  Worked in the AMT scraping Mass Town records and ignoring other hints.

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

*  Online to read, then watched Mary Hill's webinar on Legacy.  Pretty good - I loved how she went from one record to another for one person...although she should have worked backwards IMHO.

*  Worked in MyHeritage record searches - did 20 SSDI entries and 11 FAG entries, adding content and sources.  

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

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Database statistics:
* 41,612 persons

* 16,583 families
* 117,493 events
* 5,989 places
* 829 sources
* 34,760  citations
*  To-do Tasks: 69
*  Multimedia items: 339
*  Multimedia links: 1092

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My genealogy day - 13 December 2012

I guess I'd better start shopping soon...  It was a rainy day, 2nd most ever on this day, over 1.5 inches.  We need it.  The neighbor's lawn, never watered, is green today.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1910 U.S. Census Record for Charles Auble Family and Geni Limits Lifetime Memberships and set it for later in the morning.

*  Poked around in Geni for awhile, worked in the database some, added some document images to the Richmond family, and added some events also.  

*  Left at 1 p.m. to the post office, then got a haircut, and home by 1:45 p.m.  Read, did some Ancestry Hints ignoring and saving only the Town/Vital Records stuff.  noted that some dates  indexed incorrectly and wrote Watch Out for Early Dates in Ancestry's "Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988" Collection.

*  Did more ignoring and accepting of Ancestry Hints.  Checked Facebook. Went in at 5 p.m. to read the paper, we ate dinner, watched TV news, and did the dishes.

*  Online at 6:45 p.m. to read, send the Christmas letter to blog friends, send the CVGS Newsletter to other society folks, and wrote 2012 Holiday Luncheon Highlights and another post.  Noted that 

Blog Caroling posted.

*  Worked in the database - did 20 SSDI entries, and confirmed 4 Find A Grave entries (plus several more not on the MyHeritage list) adding sources and content to the database.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My genealogy day - 12 December 2012

12 more shopping days, and 19 more days left in 2012.  I'm still wondering how I'm doing on my goals.  I don't dare look...

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 235: Betty and Fred Seaver in 1982 and 12 Genealogy Mysteries I'd Like to Solve and set it for noontime.

*  Packed up the lpatop, and set off at 11 a.m. for lunch at McDonalds, money at the bank, and at the library by 11:40 a.m. to set up for the Research Group in the Conference Room.

*  We had only 10 today, so it was a good group to work with.  Showed them some of my finds, and then went around the room for questions, problems and successes.

*  Left at 2:15 and got the Dell laptop at Costco for $400, reduced from $500 on Monday.  Cool.  Merry Christmas to me!

*  Home at 3 p.m. to read, ponder what to write, got sleepy so took a nap.  Ate dinner, watched TV news, read the paper, put out the trash, washed the dishes and folded letters and stuffed Christmas cards - the end of them for me!

*  Online at 7 p.m. to work in the database - added ToDo items to some of the Hilperton families and then found some of the census records already in the document files.  I need to attach them to the family members.  Do need to get digital images of the parish register records for the Hilperton folks.

*  Checked Facebook, then added to the Best Of post, and worked in the database adding SSDI entries (did 20) and Find A Grave (did 14 on MyHeritage list).  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My genealogy day - 11 December 2012

Tomorrow is 12/12/12 - ad I know where I will be at 12:12 AM (asleep) and PM (at the Chula Vista library), God willing!

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Tuesday's Tip - Listen to Genealogy Gems Podcasts and Adding Amos Underhill's Land Deeds to RootsMagic 6 and set it for later in the morning.

*  Left at 11 a.m. for the Chula Vista South Library for the CVGS Holiday Luncheon.  Very nice, fun to talk to my colleagues.  No surprises.  Won a poinsettia in the drawing.

*  Home by 2:30 p.m., didn't go to Costco, maybe on Wednesday.  Couldn't think of anything to write, so answered email and read blogs and Facebook...finally wrote SDGS Seminar on 12 January 2013 Features David E. Rencher.

*  Went in for dinner at 5 p.m. to eat, read the paper, watch TV news, and wash the dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to write my 2-page Journal piece...then printed it off for the Christmas card/letter.

*  Worked in the SSDI for a bit - did 20 entries, adding source and content, down to 113 on the MyHeritage list now. Too tired to do more.

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

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Monday, December 10, 2012

My genealogy day - 10 December 2012

The damn procrastination gene got me again...drat.

*  Read email and blogs, then transcribed and wrote Amanuensis Monday - Revolutionary War Pension File of Martin Carringer: Post 2 - Affidavit.

*  Watched Mondays with Myrt - my first time live.  Found the New York Land Records on FamilySearch, found and saved two Amos Underhill deeds and wrote Using New York Land Records, 1630-1975, on FamilySearch.

*  Worked in the database for awhile, getting the Research log and To-Do lists updated for Amos Underhill and Samuel Vaux.  

*  Left at 1 p.m. to take the 80 Christmas envelopes to the post office, then to two Costcos to check out the laptops again.  I saw an Acer with Windows 7 for $350 last week, but now they're gone.  There was a Dell with Windows 7 for $500...I may buy that for my Christmas present from Linda.  I shoulda got the Acer last week... Played with Windows 8 a bit too, but am totally confused by it.

*  Home at 2:30 p.m. to read, then wrote Dear Randy: What are Your 100 Favorite Genealogy Blogs?

*  Worked in the database some more, adding media and event tags to the media.  Did some file organizing and file name changing too.

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m., read the paper, watched the football game, washed the dishes and helped Linda play her birthday DVD on the computer.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, make sources for the two land records, then did 20 SSDI entries and 20 Find A Grave entries off the MyHeritage list - still a lot of FAG to do!  I'm gradually burning the numbers down.  Adding a lot of sources and some content in the process.

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

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

I think I'll not correct any spelling errors in a post someday - it might be interesting, and unreadable!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My genealogy day - 9 December 2012

It was the first good Sunday in a month, since the Chargers won!

*  Read email and blogs, and printed out the second page of the Christmas letter, but about 30 were spoiled by user errors or printer problems or ink.  Got the Best Of post ready to go.

*  Went in at 9:30 a.m. to watch the pre-game show, then watched my Bolts beat the Steelers 34-24 but it wasn't that close...13-3 at halftime, and 27-10 in the 4th quarter.

*  Came in at 2 p.m. to read, and noted that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 December 2012 posted and tweeted/Google+ it.

*  Went out at 3:15 p.m. to mow the front lawn in celebration of the Chargers victory (now 5-8 with no playoff hopes still).  Filled the bird feeders too.

*  Back in to watch the late game, take a nap, finish the newspaper, and fold a bunch of letters and seal the Christmas letter envelopes.  Got about 70 ready to go!  We had dinner watching the night game, and I washed the dishes.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then added some surnames to my filing system, added more file folders, and added some images from my downloads from the Massachusetts Town Records collection on Ancestry.  Need to source them too!

*  Fired up MyHeritage and did 20 SSDI entries on the list, and then did 13 Find-A-Grave entries from the list, but probably 50 total.  

*  Checked Facebook, Pinterest and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 4.5 hours.  

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My genealogy day - 8 December 2012

Only 16 more shopping days until Christmas, counting Sundays...guess I'd better find out what Linda wants.  I want a laptop...and a DNA test!

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - CLARK (England > Massachusetts) posted.  Worked on the SNGF post and set it for later.

*  Wrote the Christmas family letter and got the mailing labels printed.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Cassmob's Christmas Genea-Meme posted.  Had Linda proof the letter.

*  Worked a bit more in a lot of friends but have no clue what to pin!  Joined several Communities on Google+.  Checked Facebook too.

*  Worked in the database a bit - got through the Bs finally!  On to the Cs!  

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news, eat dinner and wash the dishes.  

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, check Facebook, add to the Best Of post, and print 100 copies of the first page of the Christmas letter.  I'll let them dry out overnight and do page two tomorrow.  Linda got the envelopes labelled and stamped, and the cards signed.  My job is to make the letters, stuff the letters and lick the envelopes.  They should go out on Monday if everything goes well.

*  worked in the database for awhile - did 20 SSDI entries and about 14 Find A Grave entries on MyHeritage list (but did lots more FAG entries by using links to relatives).  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Database statistics:

* 41,595 persons
* 16,574 families
* 117,346 events
* 5,957 places
* 8263 sources
* 34,253  citations
*  To-do Tasks: 52
*  Multimedia items: 307
*  Multimedia links: 983

Friday, December 7, 2012

My genealogy day - 7 December 2012

This was another stay-at-home genealogy day, and I finished one project.

*  Read email and blogs, then we went at 9 a.m. to pick up my car down at Olive Garden (I had to pick Linda up last night because she was sick).  Home by 9:30 to write We All Want Seamless Genealogy Data Transfers.  Created a new AMT for my 5-generation tree.

*  I must have done something useful between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m...oh, I know, I found a guy had copied a blog post in an AMT Story so I emailed him asking him to ask permission.  Found some helpful stuff on his tree.

*  Did a final edit of the CVGS Newsletter and printed it off.  Made the labels too.  Left at 2 p.m. for the UPS Store to publish it, and home by 2:45 p.m.

*  Wrote Ancestry Member Tree Hints and Images, then rejected most of the Hints for the Lucretia smith ancestry, but captured 10 useful ones and put them in my "To Be Filed" file.

*  We left for dinner at 5:30 for Lolita's, and were home by 6:15 p.m. Watched TV and read the paper until 7:30 p.m.

*  Online at 7:30 to read, check Facebook, write the Surname Saturday post, then added some SSDI entries to the database and rejected many NewspaperARCHIVE matches, all on MyHeritage Record Matches.  Transcribed several obituaries from the newspapers also.  

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

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My genealogy day - 6 December 2012

It was a stay-at-home day, except for the emergency phone call at 6:30 p.m.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1850 U.S. Census Record for Henry Carringer Family and then National Geographic Unveils Phase 2 of Genographic Project.

*  Listened to Marian's Fieldstone Common radio program with Megan Smolenyak.  Answered some email.

*  Wrote 28 November Program Summary - Georgie Stillman "Heirloom Discovery Day" and Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, 11 December 2012.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and answered more email.  Researched and wrote How Many Grandchildren of a Person Are In Your Family Tree?

*  Went in for dinner at 5 p.m., watched TV and did the dishes, then was online at 6 p.m. to work on the CVGS newsletter.

*  Linda called at 6:30 p.m. saying she had an allergic reaction at Olive Garden with her GNO teacher group, and please come get her.  I got there in `10 minutes and was home by 7 p.m. - left my car there in the lot and will get it in the morning.  She had taken her Benadryl but did not have much dinner.

* Back to work on the newsletter, and finished it so I can send it on Friday.  Worked on the SSDI, then Newspaper Archive and Find A Grave in MyHeritage lists, adding sources and content.  Managed to add 120 sources to the file today.  

*  Checked Facebook again, and wrote this post.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My genealogy day - 5 December 2012

Yikes, only 19 shopping days left until Christmas.  Gotta go get my laptop.  I wonder what Linda wants?

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 234: Cement Truck Bashes House and Ancestry Anne's 10 Favorite Search Tips.  Checked for new databases but didn't see any useful for the present.

*  Printed out the SOPs and CVGS Board stuff, then packed up and went for lunch at McDonalds, went to the bank, and to the library.  Talked to John, browsed the Jones Palatine books, and went to the Board meeting.  2.5 hours later, we were kicked out of the room.  Done, though.

*  Home by 3 p.m. to read, then write Dear Randy: How Should I Source My Birth Certificate?  Answered some email, added to the Best Of post and checked Facebook.  Made a GEDCOM in RM6 and imported it into FTM and LFT to make sure media transferred.  It did.  

*  Went in to watch TV at 5 p.m., read the paper, eat dinner, wash the dishes and put the trash out.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, answer more email, started the CVGS Newsletter draft, then worked in SSDI and Find A Grave on MyHeritage matches, adding sources and content to the database.  

*  Checked Twitter, and Facebook again, and wrote this post.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My genealogy days - 4 December 2012

I'm back to blogging again after a long weekend with just an hour or two to do something useful each day.  But we made a lot of family history!!!

1)  Saturday, 1 December:

*  Read email and blogs, went to the men's group breakfast at Jimmy's, and picked up Lori and the boys at the airport at 10:45 a.m.

*  Played with the boys almost all day, Lori went to Lisa's to make the cake, and Paul and Deb came at about 4 p.m.  We went out for dinner at Miguel's at 6 p.m. and Paul and Deb left after 9 p.m.

*  Finished up the Best Of post!

2)  Sunday, 2 December:

*  Got the boys fed, read email and blogs quickly, added to the Best Of post, and off to church at 9:30 a.m.  Home at 11:30 a.m. to watch football, play with the boys, then they left at 1 p.m. to meet Tami and the girls.  Paul and Deb came at 2:30 p.m. and we watched football.

*  Lori and the boys, and Tami and the girls, met at 3 p.m. for pictures, then went to Black Angus at 4 p.m. to get the room set up.  Linda and I left at 4:45 p.m. with Paul and Deb for the restaurant.

*  We got there at 5 p.m., and Linda was really surprised by the group of 35.  The room looked great with pictures.  Paul and Deb set up the screen and projector.  I went around greeting people.  We played the Linda's favorite stories guessing game.  The kids took pictures, as did James.  Lori had ordered the hors d'oeuvres, we ate off the banquet menu, etc.

*  Before dessert, I took the kids out to play hide and seek for awhile.  Then in to see the video made by Paul and Deb.  Linda was speechless... we had the cake (Lori's for Linda with candles, a Costco cake for the rest of us).  Then goodbyes and cleanup and paying  and home.  Deb and Paul left after 9 p.m., and were going home on Monday.

*  Whew!  Tami and Lori did a wonderful job on the party, and Deb and Ashley did a fantastic job on the video.  I did a good job of paying for it all.

3)  Monday, 3 December:

*  Linda's actual birthday, and it was a pretty quiet day.  Did get to read email and blogs.  Wrote Amanuensis Monday - Revolutionary War Pension File of Martin Carringer - 1. Declaration and Have you checked Ancestry's New and Updated Collections Lately?

*  We were planning on going to Disneyland, but Lori felt sick, so I took the boys to Fun-4-All for the arcade games and mini-golf in the morning, then to Italy place for lunch (pizza), brought food home for Lori.  She took them to Toys R Us to get them a prize for being good on Sunday.

*  Played with the boys some, then Linda and I took Ruth's mail to her and stopped at the Italy place and Subway for dinner for all of us.

*  Did some reading in the evening, and started the next Best Of post.

4)  Tuesday, 4 December:

*  Got the boys fed and watching TV, read email and blogs, and wrote Tuesday's Tip - California Digital Newspaper Collection and WikiTree Announces "Cousin Bait" Toolkits.

*  Lori packed up and we left at 11 a.m. for the airport.  I was home by 12 noon to read, eat lunch, get the laundry started, and clean up a bit.

*  Wrote I'm Related by Marriage to Hawaiian Royalty and then worked in the database for awhile.  Went in at 2:45 p.m. to take a nap and watch TV.  Online again at 4 p.m. to work in the database, adding content and sources.  Got the Christmas card address list printed for Linda to check for accuracy.

*  We ate dinner at 5:30 p.m., watched TV, read the paper, and washed the dishes.

*  Online again at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and work in the database - in American Ancestors, then did 40 entries in the SSDI on MyHeritage.  Also researched  two disconnected Seaver families in census records.  

*  Checked Facebook and Google+, answered some email, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.