Friday, January 16, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 01/16/09

Another good genealogy day - lots of things to do! I even got some real research and database entry done.

I was on the computer by 8:15 a.m., and read email and blogs, then posted Article Index to "Mayflower Descendant" 1899 to 2008 and Thank you, Dick Eastman! Linda had more papers for me to work on, so I did that for awhile. I got cleaned up and ready to go out, had lunch at home, and went for my walk with George on the bayfront - we go about two miles past several restaurants and playgrounds and marinas - saw a guy in a wet suit swimming today in the marina - it was 76 F outside. I stopped at the bank, and was home by 1 p.m.

I checked email, blogs, Facebook and Twitter, and posted Checking out the Family History Library - Post 2 before starting in on transcribing the Ranslow Smith probate records from Dodge County WI and Andrew County MO. Linda needed more corrections to her papers too. Before I knew it, it was 5 p.m. and time for my nap, read the paper, watch the news and eat dinner. I was back on the computer by 7 p.m.

I decided to try to find Lucius/Louis and Mary Jane Sanford (MJ was born 1838 in NY, daughter of Ranslow Smith, apparently) in the 1860 and 1870 census records, and was completely stymied by (probably) a lack of records. Very frustrating. How does that happen? I thought about it for awhile and wrote a piece that will go up tomorrow morning. I checked everything one more time, then wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.0 hours on probate records, and 2.0 hours researching in census records.

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