Thursday, March 6, 2008

Family History Journal - 03/06/08

Busy. Frustrated. Frustrated. Busy. Exhilarated. That was my genealogy day. Now the details:

I was on the computer by 8:30 a.m., and read my email and blogs using Bloglines. Then I posted my "How good was Della's list?" post - turns out she was pretty much right on! Smart girl, my great-grandmother. Who cares? I do! I answered a few emails and got ready to go to the FHC. I got to the FHC and then realized that I had left my flash drive at home. Drat (strongly worded exclamation deleted!)!!! So I read my two films of Oneida County NY deeds, and listed the Hawkins, Pray, Wade and White names from the Grantor Index of Glocester RI deeds, and went to lunch (McDonalds).

Then I had a haircut and went to the Chula Vista library and read the latest Everton's Genealogical Helper and went to the National City library to look for a newspaper article from 1961 for my correspondent, Sue. 90 minutes later, I'd had enough - didn't find the murder victim I was looking for. I went home and
read email and blogs again, then posted "SDGS Library in El Cajon" for my San Diego readers. I read the paper, watched TV and we had dinner.

At 6:30, I was back on the computer and posted two items on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog about upcoming programs. Then I downloaded a modified version of Legacy Charting and it worked on my uncompacted FTM database. I spent about 3 hours working on my presentation for 5 April - I have quite a bit of it done now, it needs bells and whistles and polishing. I scanned about 10 pages to use in the presentation. Finally, I Googled a bit to try to find the name of the girl who disappeared in National city in 1961 - I found it was in early 1960, and sent an email to Sue with two newspaper page images from Ancestry as proof. Success!

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours - 1.5 hours reading and answering email, 1.5 hours reading blogs and writing blog posts, 2.0 hours at the FHC researching Russell Smith, 2.0 hours at the NC library and home researching the missing girl, 1.0 hour at CV library reading EGH, and 3.0 hours working on my presentation.

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