Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 02/18/09

Blogging and CVGS today was about the extent of my useful activities - oh, I answered some email, helped a colleague and worked a bit on the presentation.

I was on the computer by 8 a.m., and read email, blogs and Facebook before finally accepting Meitzler's challenge and wrote Whither Facebook's TOS? about the changes in Facebook's terms of use. Before I could finish my rant, I found out that they recanted, at least for awhile. I had to edit the post quickly! I got cleaned up, and came back and wrote Family Photographs - Post 43: The DD Smith Family - not a wordless post on Wednesday. Then I wrote the CGSSD Meeting post for Saturday, visited GenealogyBank to see the improvements, and posted GenealogyBank adds new Search features. I grabbed lunch and ran off to the library for the CVGS Computer Group.

At the library, we had a problem getting some of the computers to work. We asked for help, and the tech came after 20 minutes to log on the ones that were not working. I went in to help Marie with her problem, and we went out to use my laptop on the library wireless network. Well, the signal strength was strong, but there was no connection. After 15 minutes of frustration, I asked the tech about it, and he walked around the library asking if people had a connection, and nobody did! Nobody else had complained - amazing! It got fixed, but we wasted a good half hour and never did get Marie's problem worked on. I went back to the Computer Lab and listened for awhile - Gary visited several map sites. I was home by 2 pm. When I got home, Linda was on the computer so I read the paper, watched TV and took a nap.

I came back to the computer at 3, read email, blogs and Facebook, and worked on the post Genealogy Search Engines: - Post 2: Old Search, Fuzzy Matches. I checked the NEHGS site for Pam's Benjamin Sherman and didn't find anything, then checked Footnote for RevWar Pension files and found him mentioned in Isaac Johnson's pension file. I saved the pages and emailed them to Pam. I went in at 5 to watch the news, Linda did more church work on the computer, and at 5:30 we left for dinner with the neighbors at SouPlantation. We were home by 7:30 p.m. and Linda used the computer again.

I was on it by 8 p.m., and after checking email, blogs and Facebook, I worked for an hour on the presentation. It's almost done now. I need to check for more "new" web sites to add - just remembered one!!! Then I wrote this post and I'm done.

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 3.0 hours writing blog posts (too many!), 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 1.0 hour looking for Pam's stuff, 2.0 hours on CVGS at the library (nothing accomplished!), and 1.0 hour on the presentation.

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