Saturday, November 29, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 11/29/08

I almost went out to the cemeteries today, but I decided to stay home and work on my database, my sources, and my Facts. Now I find that I have an overdue library book.

I was on the computer by 8 a.m., reading email and blogs. I posted One Stone at a Time and then got dressed to go out, but I didn't. I downloaded my pictures from the camera, and then uploaded them into an album on Facebook. My FTM16 database doesn't have many Facts other than BMD, so I started adding Facts (residence, occupation, census, military, etc.) to my ancestral line - I did about 8 persons before I tired of it. There's lots more to do! It was lunch time, so I ate at my desk in my Genea-Cave. Then I worked on standardizing my Sources, and then worked on adding sources to the BMD records I have in my database. I'm guesstimating I covered maybe 300 people in my database today - maybe 600 records in total. I looked up and it was 4 p.m. I checked in on Facebook, then sent an email to my friends and family with the link to the album on Facebook. It didn't work...I picked the wrong URL. I had to work 30 minutes before I found the right URL to send. We had dinner (leftover turkey, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies, then Peach Cobbler with vanilla ice cream), and I watched the football games and read the paper.

Finally at 7:30, I came in and checked email, blogs and Facebook, and finally wrote Saturday Night Fun- Who's #1000? for my readers to have something useful (??) to do. This took over an hour to compose because I had to check out all of the software I have. In the middle of that, I uploaded my master database into FTM2009 and it took 9 minutes for a 22,700 person FTM16 database to load in FTM2009. That's terrible. Wasted a lot of my time!

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 1.5 hours on Facebook, 2.0 hours writing and researching blog posts, 0.5 hour doing online research, 1.0 hour messing with software, and 4.0 hours working in my FTM16 database.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I don't think I ever spent that much time in one day on my genealogy stuff. I couldn't stand it. (Since I don't have the discipline or sense to do things right the first time).

Citing my sources?!? Ugh, do I have to? LOL

Randy, you are the MAN!

"Guided by the Ancestors"