Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Genealogy Thursday - 31 October 2013

Trick or treat day -- I got a really big TREAT tonight and learned some tricks too.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Hallowe'en Name Whacking Revisited and Treasure Chest Thursday - Birth Certificate for Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in Medfield, Mass.

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

*  Put together my Death Chart and wrote My Cause of Death Pedigree Chart, and then researched and wrote Searching From within the FamilySearch Family Tree - Found a Goodie.  Added the source, media and transcription to the database for both parties.

*  Went out at 3 p.m. to mow the front lawn - got it done by 4:15 p.m.  Watched TV and had a snack, then online again to add more Fact Notes and Source Text Details to Research Notes.  didn't add many sources, but added lots of notes.

*  Ate dinner, watched TV news and read the paper.  We had about 12 trick or treaters tonight - some cute costumes on the little ones.  

*  Online again at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and worked again in the database adding Fact Notes and source Detail Text notes, especially for Probate records.  Added some sources too.  Added some source citations based on published books and periodicals.  

*  Wrote the Follow-Up Friday post tonight because Friday will be a limited genealogy day - the grandgirls are coming for the weekend.

Checked Facebook and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 31 October (with increases in the numbers from 31 August 2013 in parentheses):

* 42,189 persons (+ 116)
* 16,864 families  (+ 51)
* 125,295 events  (+ 1507)
* 6,712 places  (+ 146)
* 967 sources (+ 16)
* 45,896 citations (+ 1788)

*  485 Multi-media Items (+ 46)

*  1,482 Multimedia links (+ 110)

 I'm up to 36.63% (+1.00%) for citations/events and 108.79% (+3.95%) for citations/persons.

Genea-Musings statistics for 31 October  (compared to stats as of 31 August 2013):
*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 288,708; US: 65,861 (Alexa)
* 98,723 page views (3,185 2,687 per day, Blogger Stats, +498)
* 23,326 web page visits (752 per day, Site-meter) (+55)
* 34,513 page views (1,113  per day, Site-meter) (-91)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Genealogy Wednesday - 30 October 2013

I even went to the FSC today for awhile.  Will wonders never cease.  didn't find much, though.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 280: My 70th Birthday Cake On Fire and then Adding Fact Notes and Research Notes to My RootsMagic 6 Database and set it for later.

*  Packedn up and went off at 9:40 a.m. to the FamilySearch Center in Mission Valley.  Met the CVGS colleagues there - 14 of us in all, on a field trip.  Most of us sat in on the FamilySearch Family Tree presentation by the center director.  I listened, helped some people, and worked in the FSFT a bit adding sources and records and merged Mary Hazard.  We left at 12:15 p.m. and went to Marie Callendar's for lunch, I had soup and pie.  Yum, pie!  Good conversation at lunch.

*  Home by 2:30 p.m., to read, add to the Best Of post, and write RootsTech 2014 is Just Three Months Away! Limited Time Discount Offered!

*  Found the Eastham VRs from the Mayflower Descendant on and captured pages up through Volume 20.  Renamed and put them in a separate file folder.  Now I need to use them to source the vitals I have from Eastham.  There's more to get.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch the World Series game, read the paper, eat dinner, water the front plants, and wash the dishes.  The game got out of hand, so I came in to the computer at 7:30 p.m.

*  Downloaded more Eastham VR pages, then worked in the database adding MyHeritage Record Matches from Find A Grave.  Down to 1013 to be confirmed.  Added about 80 source citations today.

*  Checked Facebook and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Genealogy Tuesday - 29 October 2013blog

Two more days left in the month, and perhaps two more World Series games.  Then I can get really serious about adding sources and content to the database!  Hmmm, the grandgirls are coming for the weekend, so maybe next Monday.

*  Read emails and blogs, and wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use WolframAlpha to Obtain Numbers Data and then What Facts are Included in RootsMagic Software? and set it for later.

*  Went out in the garage and rescued the lawn mower by moving lots of stuff (the door is jammed), so now I can mow the lawn (it's been over 6 weeks!).  Got my exercise... and filled up the bird feeders.

*  Answered some email, and figured out that the Thomas Paine of Eastham was probably not the son of Thomas Paine of Salem.  Deleted that relationship because I'm not sure of it, even though many trees, and several older books, say he is.  A man doesn't come to Massachusetts in 1637 aged 10 with a 1613 baptism date.

*  Did more research on John's problem, and wrote CrowdSourcing Opportunity: When and Where did John Louis Powell Die?  Found a probably burial spot.

*  Wasted some time on Facebook - saw pictures of many of my New England cousins. Fun to see them all grown up.

*  Decided to work in the database, and add Fact notes and copy them to the "Detail text" field in the "Edit source" in order to enable decent Research Reports.  Took a little walk up and down the block.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, we ate dinner, read the paper, and washed the dishes.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of blog, and work some more on the database Fact notes and Detail text.  Added quite a few new media to the database also.  Found more images online for some persons.  I've figured out the best way to do this is one family at a time (duh!).  Lots more to do.  

*  10 p.m. and I'm still at it!  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.  My back hurts.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Genealogy Monday - 28 October 2013

Three more days until All Hallows Eve...I wonder what I'll wear to scare the 3 kids that will come to the door?

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 192: 1861 Land Deed of James R,. Bruce to Isaac Seaver 3rd in Westminster, Massachusetts posted.

*  Packed up the laptop with flash drives and syllabus copies, and off to my OASIS class. Left at 9:05, didn't get there until 9:40 due to traffic jam/accident on I-805.  Had 11 in the class, and the first class went well.

*  Drove past the 30th Street neighborhood on the way home (must do that again - maybe take some pictures!), and home by 1:15 p.m. to have lunch.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and noted that Dear Randy: Are We Cousins Through William White? posted.  Wrote Are You Using Social Media for Genealogy?

*  Phone call from friend John, who wanted information on his grandfather's death in Oklahoma, and if he was an Indian or not.  He gave me his name, his wife's name, and daughters name, and I went searching.  Found the family in 1930 census, and the grandfather in 1920 census with siblings and mother, but not father.  Didn't find them in 1940 census, or earlier than 1920.  No Oklahoma marriages or deaths for any of them on Ancestry or FamilySearch.  Drat.  Hate when that happens.  Looked in newspapers on GenealogyBank and Ancestry and no luck there either.  Double drat!  No online family trees either (the last hope...  Census records say his father was born in Ohio, so probably not an Indian.   Looks like friend John is out of luck.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch the World Series game, read the paper, ate dinner, finished my Patterson book, did the dishes.  Online at 8 p.m. to read, answer some email, then worked in the database.  Got through the Drakes.  Found a lot of Auble burial data on Find A Grave, so added content and sources - at 45,605 now.  Little by little the number grows.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Genealogy Sunday - 27 October 2013

Wow, we've been back from the cruise for almost three weeks.  Where has the time gone?

This was not a big genealogy day...

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 October 2013 post and set it for early afternoon.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m. and were home by 11:45 a.m.  I watched football for awhile, read the paper, and took a nap, then ate lunch, and it was suddenly 1:30 p.m.!

*  Went online to copy my class stuff to two flash drives (one in the pocket, one in the laptop case, also on Dropbox), and read email and blogs.  Decided to work in FamilySearch Family Tree to try to correct the errors in my ancestral families.  Did a lot of work in the Jonathan Oatley-Amy Champlin family and the Joseph Champlin-Nancy Kenyon family.  The former had the wrong name for Amy, and the latter had the wrong Joseph Champlin (had a Joseph born 1787 marrying the wife in 1780 and having Amy in 1797).  The right Joseph was born in 1758.  Managed to get the wrong guy decoupled from Nancy Kenyon and the right guy hooked up.  Then did all of their children.  By 4 p.m., I wondered where the time went!  Answered some email too.

*  Back to football, and then we watched the World Series game, ate dinner, finished the paper and read some of my Patterson book, watered the front plants, did the dishes, and checked email and blogs on my iPhone until the game was over at 8:40.

*  Online to read, start the next Best Of post, and write a post for Monday morning while I'm at the OASIS class.

Genealogy today was 5.0 hours.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Genealogy Saturday - 26 October 2013

I stayed home and had a genealogy day (big surprise, eh?) then watched sports all night long.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - GARNSEY (England > colonial Massachusetts) posted, and wrote the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Days Old Are You? post and set it for later.

*  Started in on the email stack again, and got quite a bit done.  Got Linda P's family tree chart done and emailed to her.  Worked on a Vaux email for several hours - ended up researching the correspondents line and was able to connect it to an existing family in my database.  I have lots of work to do on that one-name study!  Added content and sources to the database on several other families too.

*  Whoa, it got to be 4:30 p.m. so we went to El Pollo Loco for dinner, and home to watch the World Series game.  At 7:30 I switched to the San Diego State game against Fresno State, which turned out to be a barnburner overtime game.  We lost 35-28, but it was fun.  I read my book during timeouts.  It was over at 11:40 p.m. 

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post at 11:45 p.m. Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Friday, October 25, 2013

My Genealogy Friday - 25 October 2013

I actually accomplished something useful today - got my OASIS class syllabus copied for next week, and edited all of the presentations.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments.  

*  Edited the OASIS class syllabus material and printed it out.  Edited the four presentations too, ready for Monday. 

*  Explored Record Matches on MyHeritage, and wrote Using MyHeritage Record Matches to Add Family History Content.

*  Went off at 2 p.m. to print off my syllabus at the UPS Store, home by 2:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of blog, and write October Program Review - Queen Victoria's Family Tree.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news and read the paper.  We ate dinner.  Back online at 6:45 p.m. to read, check in on Facebook.

*  Worked in MyHeritage Record Matches in Newspaper ARCHIVE collection.  Added 10 to 15 obituaries/death notices to the database.  Confirmed or Rejected over 400 matches - mostly rejections for folks I don't care much about, plus many duplicates for some persons like John Scooby (actually was Scooby Doo in the papers).

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

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Genealogy Thursday - 24 October 2013

This was a full genealogy day, except for the picture orgnaizing and World Series game.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 187: 1840 U.S. Census Record for Johnathan White Family and then FamilySearch Family Tree 7-Generation Fan Charts - What I Do With Them and set it for later.  Captured Tami's photos from Dropbox and put them in my files.

*  Wrote up the SDGS program writeup and sent it to Diane.  Answered a lot of emails.

*  Worked in the database adding content and sources.  Managed to connect several Seaver persons to parents using the Mass VRs 1916-1920 on FamilySearch.  Wrote Mining the Massachusetts Vital Records, 1916-1920 on FamilySearch.  Got about 30 on the list of Seavers done.  Need to work more on that list since it adds very helpful content in the early 20th century.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch the World Series game, watered the front plants, read the paper, helped with the wash, and we ate dinner.  

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and work in the database.  Got the DO... folks done, start on DR... folks next.  It's a long slog.  Added some content and sources.  Have 45,515 sources now.

* Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Genealogy Wednesday - 23 October 2013

It is my 70th birthday, and I didn't do much genealogy work at all.  Linda took me out for dinner at Outback Steak House and we watched the first world series game afterwards.

*  Opened my presents and cards.  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 279: Randy's 70th Birthday Party.  Doodled around for awhile, didn't get anything accomplished.

*  Wen t off after 11 a.m. for the library and the CVGS meeting.  Worked on a CVGS query but didn't find the obituary.  Ate snacks at program, and enjoyed the talk on Queen Victoria's descendants.  Stopped at the bank and got the online banking thing fixed.  

*  Home at 3 p.m. to read. then wrote's Online Support Community Forums.  Checked in on Facebook.  Talked to Mia in chat for awhile.

*  We left for dinner at 4:45 p.m.  Enjoyed the filet, and really enjoyed the zero-calorie Chocolate Thunder Down Under dessert.  Shoulda taken a picture of it.  

*  Home by 6:15 p.m. to watch the World Series, read the paper, etc.  Came in at 7:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and do some online research using MyHeritage record matches for Find A Grave entries, adding content and sources to the database.  Down to 1045 matches to confirm.  Sources are up to 45455.

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Genealogy Tuesday - 22 October 2013

Tomorrow is my BIG day - I turn 70 years old.  It's been a fun ride.  I wonder what the future holds!  Probably do more genealogy research, speaking and teaching in the short term!  This was a pretty normal genealogy day...I needed one of those to catch up.

*  Read emails and blogs, then wrote Tombstone Tuesday - Harvey Carringer (1852-1946) in Mount Hope Cemetery (San Diego) and researched and wrote Answering Sue's Extracting Challenge - A Simple Massachusetts Deed.

*  Updated my OASIS syllabus and sent them to Roxanne.  She told me to copy them myself.  Oh well...I had to do it anyway.  Got a November speaking gig up in LA, probably a last-minute replacement.  Answered a bunch of email.

*  Copied photos from Dropbox to Pictures, then went on Facebook and uploaded some of them and captioned them.  Made a shared Dropbox folder for Lori and put them there too.

*  Hunted around on all of the websites trying different searches but didn't find anything to excite me.  

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

*  Online at 6 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, answer more email, wrote Extracting Information From a 1930 U.S. Census Record and then did some online research in Ancestry.  Got down through the Dop* names.  Wrote this post.  Over 45,400 sources now.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Non-Genealogy Weekend - 19-21 October 2013

This was pretty much a non-genealogy weekend because Lori and the grandboys came on Saturday to help celebrate my 70th birthday on Sunday, and they flew home today.  When the boys are here, I hardly have a chance to do anything online.

1)  Saturday, 19 October:  Went to my men's Bible Study breakfast, then to the airport to pick up Lori and the boys.  We stopped at the Chula Vista nature center on the way home (they loved touching the small sharks and rays in the water!), and the Fun4All to play mini-golf and then arcade games.  We ate at Subway, and were home by 1 p.m.  We played baseball out front for awhile which exhausted me, and Logan and I played Monopoly while Lori ran some errands.  Logan wiped me out in two hours.  We watched TV and went out to dinner at the Barbecue Pit.  I was able to read email and blogs but not much else.  Got the Best O post finished too.

2)  Sunday, 20 October 2013:  Linda went off to church, I got the boys fed and read email and blogs.  Watched the Chargers game while Lori went off on errands.  She took Logan with her at 12 noon to set up the party.  Linda and I left after 2 p.m. for the party at church.  It was a wonderful affair - 1950's Theme planned and executed by my two smart daughters, Lori and Tami.  Games, ice cream, cake, testimonials, stories, and there were 70 candles on the cake.  The grandgirls were in poodle skirts (majorly cute!), and the boys dressed in leather jacket and t-shirts.  Logan looked like a young James Dean or Eddie Munster.  We met Tami and family at Lolita's for a quick dinner, then I went with Lori and the boys to Black Angus and they ate there.  I read email and blogs late into the night!  Wrote the Amanuensis Monday and another post for Monday.

3)  Monday, 21 October:  Read email and blogs in the morning, got the boys fed, and we were off at 9:30 a.m. for the San Diego Zoo.  Lori and the boys walked over to the elephants, seeing monkeys, lions, elephants, and polar bears.  We took the Skyride across to the elephants, and we all walked through it and to the Australian exhibit.  Linda's hip and leg hurt, so we called for transport and they took us to the Exit area where Lori and the boys met us for lunch.  We headed home after that.  I got a short nap watching TV, and Lori met her friend.  The boys watched TV and read books.  We headed for the airport at 3:45 p.m. to dfrop them off for home, and I was home by 5:15 p.m.

*  We watched TV news and the football game, ate dinner, then I finally had some online time to note my two posts had posted, and to do some online searching in MyHeritage record matches for Find A Grave.  I used Ancestry, American Ancestors and GenealogyBank to help find more information about some people, adding content and sources.  Then I checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 3.5 hours.

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Genealogy Friday - 18 October 2013

I'm ready for the big weekend...I hope everyone else is!

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments This Past Week and then worked in Mocavo and wrote Searching on Using a Mocavo Gold Account and set it for later.

*  Researched and wrote Will Images be Available Through FamilySearch?

*  Worked in 23andMe a bit - downloaded the CSV file and the ZIP file to use on GEDMATCH.  Signed up for GEDMATCH, tried to upload the file but not sure it worked.

*  Put all of the boxes and stuff back in the closet, and put the doors on the closet.  Done!  Looks much sturdier and neater.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post.  Answered some email.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch baseball, read the paper, eat dinner, water the front plants, and wash the dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. with Dodgers way behind, check Facebook, researched and wrote the SNGF post.

*  Worked in the database in the D's adding content and sources - got down through Doctor.  Making good progress!

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

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Genealogy Thursday - 17 October 2013

This was not a typical genealogy Thursday - I had two appointments today.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 186: 1800 U.S. Census Record for Two Simon Wade Households in Rhode Island and then Provides List of Their Online Databases and set it for later.

*  Left at 10:10 a.m. for the health center, had my checkup - blood pressure low, cholesterol good, weight good, blood sugar good!  Got my ear tag clipped, and a back x-ray.  Home by 12 noon.

*  Ate lunch, read, then wrote AncestryDNA Updated Ethnicity Estimates Available for Everyone.

*  We left at 1:30 p.m. for the financial wizard, and home by 3:30 p.m.  It's been a good year for us.  Got Linda signed up for her IRA distribution.  

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and put the clothes back in the closet.  Got the bags ready for Sue to pick up.  She came at 5:15 and away went 7 bags of clothes and blankets for the Urban Ministries office.

*  Decided to go out to eat dinner - Lolita's, and then Coldstone for dessert.  Yum!  

*  Home by 6:45 p.m. to watch the Boston-Detroit game, read the paper.

*  Online at 7:45 p.m. to read, answer email, then worked in the database adding content and sources from Find A Grave entries in MyHeritage Record Match.  Confirmed over 40 of them.  Sources up to 45,307.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Genealogy Wednesday - 16 October 2013

This was almost an all genealogy Wednesday, with some baseball watching.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Wordless Wednesday - Post 278: The Wedding Party Photo and then CGSSD Mini-Fair on Saturday, 19 October 2013 and set it for later.  Researched and wrote Adding a Life Sketch and Notes to a FamilySearch Family Tree Profile and set it for early afternoon.

*  Went off at 10:30 a.m. to meet Olive at the library, but she couldn't copy the material I had - the darn machines don't work.  I told her I'd scan it and send it to her.  Stopped at the bank to sign up for online banking.  Had lunch at McDonalds.

*  Home by 12:15 p.m. to read, did some FamilySearch searching to see if i'd missed anything, and then searched for several Seaver families in response to an email.  Added some content and sources to the database then made a report and sent it to the cousin.  Watched a bit of the Dodgers-Cards game.

*  The handyman came at 4 p.m. to work on the closet.  The good news is he finished it in 2./5 hours.  The bad news is we now have to fill it up tomorrow!  Watched Sox/Tigers game, read the paper, ate dinner and put out the trash.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, answer some email, and work in the FamilySearch Family Tree on several Seaver and Whitney families.  Sorted out the Samuel Whitney family and parents on FSFT.  I had it right, of course...finally found the "UnMatch" button in RootsMagic.  

*  Did some random data entry and sourcing in the database.  Sources up to 45,211. Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Genealogy Tuesday - 15 October 2013

It was my father's 102nd birthday.  We didn't celebrate but I thought about him.  A complex person, but aren't we all?  He loved baseball and football and basketball.  I wonder why I do too (well, not basketball).

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tombstone Tuesday - Frederick W. and Betty V. Seaver in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

*  Cleaned out the closet so the handyman can work on Wednesday, then wrote Happy to Have More AncestryDNA Hints.  Looked at the rest of the Hints matches too.  Then looked at FTDNA results also.  Talked to Paul and Deb about Jane Whittle.

*  Researched and wrote Doing a Free Specific Name Search on  Works well, but a bit cumbersome.  Went out in front and trimmed the rose bushes.

*  Went in at 4:45 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news and baseball, took a short nap, we had dinner, read my book, washed the dishes and watered the front plants and came in to the cave around 7:30 p.m. 

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, called James, and then did online research adding content and sources.  Burned through another 29 Find A Grave record matches on MyHeritage.  Up to 45155 sources now.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Genealogy Monday - 14 October 2013

I had the feeling all day that there was something important to do today...if so, I missed it!

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Amanuensis Monday - Post 190: Luke Bigelow Deposition Concerning Job Seaver Land in Westmnster, Mass.  Researched and wrote Gleaning Information From a Record or Article  and set it for later.

*  Decided I'd better work on the bedroom closet.  Moved clothes to the back bedrooms.  Tried to fix the rod and it broke, tried to fix the shelf and it wouldn't fix.  Gave up and went to Home Depot.  Got some advice to use a handyman.  Stopped at Costco for a Polish dog, and then home by 12:30 p.m.  Got on the website and asked for help and had a response almost instantly.  We'll see.

*  Researched and wrote Doing a Global Surname Search on for Free.  Got started on adding the deeds for Isaac Seaver to the database.

*  The handyman called and will come at 5 p.m. to survey the damage and plan the project.  Sorted out my clothes - about half to GoodWill, half back into the closet eventually.  That should help.  Linda came home and did the same thing.

*  Schelley called about MyHeritage, and I wrote Major Genealogy News - MyHeritage and FamilySearch Partnership.

*  The handyman came and will work on the closet on Wednesday and Thursday.  Maybe we'll have our new closet by the time Lori and the boys come this weekend.

*  Watched the Chargers game, ate dinner, read the paper.  Bolts won 19-9 over the Colts - they played very well on both sides of the ball.  Glad to see the defense do well.  

*  Watched Genealogy Roadshow and enjoyed it.  Online at 10 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Genealogy Sunday - 13 October 2013

This was a very typical genealogy Sunday - church, football, food, football, nap, food, baseball, research.  In that order!

*  Read email and blogs then finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 6 to 12 October 2013 post.  
*  We left for church at 9:40, and back by 11:30 a.m.  I watched football, ate lunch, watched more football, read the paper, and took a short nap.  Came in at 3 p.m. to read online, check Facebook, and add some sources for Seaver Deeds, then went back at 4:15 p.m. to watch the end of the Patriots/Saints game.  Baseball came on at 5 p.m., we ate dinner, and I read my book while watching Detroit zoom out to a 5-0 lead.  

*  Came in to do some online research after posting FEEFHS Fall workshop: "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor" in November.  Added quite a bit of content and sources, including the William and Irene (Churchill) Carringer family data from a 1901 Wisconsin county book and Find A Grave memorials.  Now over 45,000 sources.

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

Genealogy today was 5.0 hours.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Genealogy Saturday - 12 October 2013

This was almost an all-genealogy Saturday...

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

*  Gathered my pack and syllabus and off to SDGS program meeting at 9:15 a.m.  Got there by 9:45, talked to Diane, Paul and CeCe.  CeCe gave a fantastic presentation on DNA - great graphics and great delivery.  Then the break, and the second hour was questions and answers.  Even got my picture taken with her - thanks, Paul.

*  Went to lunch with Pam and Gene, Phyllis, Gloria and Jackie at Coco's.  Home by 2 p.m.

*  Read, noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What is Your Birth Surname Henry Number? posted.  Tweeted it.

*  Checked Facebook, and added cruise pictures, with comments.  Looked for Lancashire folks in England births on FamilySearch.  I need to source these.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch football and baseball, eat dinner.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to check Facebook, add to the Best Of post, and do some online research in the Ds.  Found quite a bit of new content using Ancestry, AmericanAncestors and FamilySearch.  Watched bits of the baseball game off and on, Detroit beat Boston 1-0.  

*  Online at 9:20 p.m. to read, then do more research adding content and sources to the database.  Down through Dickinson.  

*  Checked Facebook and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Genealogy Friday - 11 October 2013

A pretty typical genealogy Friday, except for the start of the day.

*  Up early at 6:30 a.m. to get dressed and go off to the health center for my lab tests.  Home by 7:30 a.m.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Follow-Up Friday - This Week's Interesting and Helpful Reader Comments.  Worked in Mocavo for awhile, then wrote Finding Record Collections for Free Searching.

*  Registered for RootsTech 2014, then answered several emails.

*  Researched and wrote Source Citations for "Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994" Record Collection on  This took awhile, but I learned something.  Checked Facebook.  

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner and watch the NLCS game.  Still going as I write this 4 hours later.  

*  On the computer at 7 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and then started adding census citations and editing notes for several Seaver families.  

*  Remembered that I needed to write the Saturday posts tonight.  Checked Facebook again, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Genealogy Thursday - 10 October 2013

Only 13 more days until I complete my 7th decade.  I don't feel that old.  I guess that's good.  But how would I know?

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1810 U.S. Census Record for Simon Wade of Foster, Rhode Island.  Saved some early census records and sourced them and attached media for the Wade families.

*  Worked on blog posts for the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe.  Got caught up.

*  Edited the CVGS Newsletter one last time, printed it off, printed out the labels, gathered the bag of stuff, and off at 10:45 a.m. for the UPS Store to publish it.  Home by 11:40 a.m. to send it out via email.  

*  Researched and wrote Using the "Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994" Collection on FamilySearch.  Then did the Seaver folks - maybe 30% were in my database already.  Added content and sources for those.

*  Looked into Rootstech hotels, checked Facebook, and helped Bill H with an NEHGR article on Susanna White.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. for dinner, watched the baseball game for awhile, then watched the Aztecs game sporadically.  They won 27-20 over Air Force but it wasn't pretty!  

*  Worked in MyHeritage Record Matches for several hours - got about 40 Find A Grave matches confirmed but added much more content and sources.  Added about 180 sources today.

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

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My Genealogy Wednesday - 9 October 2013

This was another busy but pretty normal genealogy day...and I got al ot done.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 277: All Smiles... and then SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 12 October Features CeCe Moore and set it for later.

*  Did some Richmond research on two of the children of Thomas and Julia, and added some content to the database.  

*  Gathered my stuff and went off to McDonalds for lunch and the library for the CVGS Research Group meeting.  Got set up, put my best pictures on the laptop into a folder, and started the meeting.  Showed my cruise pix, then talked about AncestryDNA, and we were done by 2:30.  To the bank, then home by 3 p.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and researched and wrote The Related Content Pane on Image Viewer.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, then the baseball game, ate dinner, put the trash out, and read the two genealogy magazines.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then finished up the CVGS Newsletter.  Did more research in Ancestry trees - found some gravestone pictures for the York PA ancestors.  Then worked through about 20 of the Find A Grave matches on MyHeritage, adding sources and content to the database.

*  Checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Genealogy Tuesday - 8 October 2013

Well, we're back from our 16-day cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale.  We got home last night but all I did was work on email and read Facebook to catch up.

*  Read email this morning, then wrote Tuesday's Tip - Read Genealogy Aggregator Newsletters and Blogs to Keep Up with Genealogy News.  Got the laundry going too.

*  Uploaded 350 photos to the desktop computer, and put 36 in a Best Of folder.  Wrote Legacy Family Tree 2013 Cruise - Post 1: Highlights.

*  Answered many emails, and sorted them into the Tbird folders.  Listened to the Mondays with Myrt HOA while reading blogs on Feedly and adding content to the Best Of post.  Got interrupted several times but managed to get through Monday's and Sunday's blogs.  Read all of Eastman and several other blogs for last two weeks.  

*  Wrote Welcome to Genea-Musings, Legacy Family Tree 2013 Cruisers, washed the car, finished the laundry, and went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch the baseball games.

*  Horacio brought over the newspapers and mail, so sorted through all of that.  Read some of the sports pages.  We ate dinner, and I got the mail sorted out and filed.  

*  Came in at 8 p.m. to read, check Facebook, answered more email, and checked out new databases on Ancestry and FamilySearch.  Updated RootsMagic 6 and Family Tree Maker 2014.  Checked the new Ancestry Related Content feature too.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.