Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 22 September 2009

I'm finally back from my two "vacations" - one a genealogy/friends driving vacation, and the other a grandsons/driving "vacation" (spent 2.5 hours driving almost every day...) and ready to roll with genealogy research and my extensive to-do list (and getting longer every day it seems). I've resisted actually making the to-do list but I'm already starting to dream about the task four weeks from now... at least I didn't wake up screaming.

* Up early after worrying about my Footnote.com presentation, and on the computer by 7:30 a.m. Read email, blogs and Twitter (ah, the routine is back! And constant Internet access is java for my brain). Wrote Proven Genealogy Research Strategies and then bought the book through Amazon.com.

* Julie emailed that the Graveyard Rabbit column is due on Wednesday...help! Hmmm. What to write about? Cemeteries, of course. Ah - some ideas. Spent time checking out websites and articles about my topics. Will try to craft something tomorrow. Maybe I'll dream about something better tonight. Or have nightmares about it.

* Reorganized my book and periodical shelf (mainly so the window could open...) and found more cemetery things. Reviewed available syllabi too. Sent emails to Thomas for speaker list and upcoming presentations. Had lunch at home.

* Need to think about my ProGen homework too - a Proof Argument and a Marketing Plan, plus read three chapters in the book. Got the stuff together, just need to do it soon. Ah, I need to look for land records and tax records in Dodge county WI in order to nail down my proof argument. FHLC had none, and review of Rootsweb message board said court and county records before 1877 lost in fire. Ooops - that kills that idea. Ah - what about church and newspaper records! Found Dodge/Jefferson Counties Gen Society site and looked through their stuff, and ended up writing One more small bit of information. Then wrote an email query to the D/JCGS asking for help.

* Answered several emails, including a request to reprint my first blog post of the day - I love it when I get requests like that! Had one a week ago too. Makes me feel like I'm doing good work here on Genea-Musings even with the fun and games. Terribly sleepy at 3:45, so went in and watched TV, read the paper, had a nap, then we ate out in the back yard. Padres game came on at 6 p.m., and I watered back yard and front plants, and trimmed rose bushes during inning breaks. Padres lost 11-10 to the Rockies. Read three ProGen chapters for the homework during the game, so not all a lost evening. Really feel like I'm never going to be really professional level at this - the book is awesome but humbling.

* Back online at 9:30, read everything again, then wrote this post and kinda wonder why I wasted some of the day. Oh well...the to-do list is still in my head.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours - 1.0 hours reading email and blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter and Facebook, 1.0 hour writing emails, 1.5 hours writing blog posts, 2.0 hours doing cemetery research, 2.0 hours on ProGen homework and reading.

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