Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 07/23/08

This was another stay-at-home, save-gas-money, do a little research, blog some and stay out of trouble while Linda is away kind of day.

I was up early again (funny, I can sleep until 7 when Linda is here, but only 6 when sher's not) and on the computer by 7:45, reading email and blogs. I saw the Keeping Gen Societies Healthy thread on the APG list and decided to blog about it since I liked the ideas expressed. It also lead into the More on Indexing blog post. I decided that I was done blogging for the morning - I needed to do some useful genealogy tasks rather than just write. I know - I'll take some pictures of the framed photos I need to digitize. That worked pretty well (without the flash) but the baby picture didn't come out well, and I can take it apart easily, so I did and scanned it. In the process, I figured out who it was!

I read a bit in my new Evidence Explained book, got out my vital records book of certificates, and decided that I would try really hard to cite my sources correctly in my databases, starting with me and my parents. FTM16 doesn't do sources like EE wants...should I stop doing this until I decide on a software program so I don't have to do this task more than once? Yep, I think so. Much as I want to get my sourcing into the databases (all 30,000 names, several facts each, hmmm - that's going to take a really long time), I need to do it right once. Judginf by the almost two hours I wrestled with six facts, it might take a rreeeeaaaaalllllllyyyyyyyy long time! Arggh. Lunch time!

After lunch, I had an appointment with my Medicare counselor - I'm all signed up and ready to get treated, obtain drugs, and pay a monthly premium for the privilege. Thank you, American workers! Hey, I've earned it - I put 37 years into the system. OK, back to the fun times at Genealogy High! I used my "new" picture of my grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble, for my Family Photographs post of the week. I checked in on Facebook, trying to not get wrapped around the Friends pole too often. I escaped, and did a little work to help an email correspondent who asked about the origin of the Seaver surname and his own line in VA/TN. Then I looked for information on Catherine Sovereign for a blog correspondent who didn't leave his email address for me. I couldn't find him online either. Oh well. At 4:30, I went in to read the paper, take my nap, watch TV, and eat dinner. I took the trash out and put the cans on the street, then weeded the front garden a bit -it was nice and shady and cool in front at 7 p.m.

When I came in, I checked my email and blogs again, and wrote several CVGS emails. I decided to check out the FBI files on Footnote for Seaver, Carringer, Auble, etc. I found some Seaver items and saved them, then transcribed one of them and posted about it in "C.E. Seaver's wife was investigated by the FBI." Actually, she wasn't...but let's see if anybody notices! I spent an hour or so looking for C.E. Seaver and concluded that he was either a spy or an alien dropped down to confuse Seaver researchers. He might even have changed his name after someone fingered him! I went for a walk around the neighborhood in the cool and dark, and managed to interfere with the slumber of six dogs in ten minutes. When I came back, I watched TV and read my murder mystery for an hour, then came in to write this post and call it a night.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 1.0 hour on photographs, 1.5 hours on sources in my database, 1.0 hour searching for my correspondents info, 0.5 hour on CVGS stuff, 1.0 hour in Footnote, and 1.0 hour searching for the elusive and never-found C.E. Seaver.

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