Monday, November 30, 2009

Randy's Genealogy Day - 30 November 2009

Eleven months of the year are gone off to the dustbin of history - what will December bring? More "Fools on the Hill" I think... and some happy times with kids and grandkids and Santa's visit!

* Read email, blogs and Twitter, then researched and wrote Why is Genealogy Software so Complex? and Getting Help for Family Tree Maker 2010, but set it to post later in the morning. Worked a bit in FTM 2010, downloaded the update, and checked for ahnentafel list capability - nope! Have complaint, will blog about it!

* Got cleaned up, the toilet overflowed, and the day sorta went off-track for awhile. Forgot to set up fan to dry out carpet. Had lunch early, and got back to the computer and started looking at the Census Mortality Schedules on and before I knew it two hours of fixing sources in the Dill family had passed by.

* Posted Cyber Monday Genealogy Specials and answered some emails, and found and fixed a long-standing error in my Seaver genealogy. Did more database work with sources.

* Went in at 3:15 to read the paper, watch the news and take a nap. The contract nurse came at 4 p.m. for my insurance physical and had a heckuva time getting the electrodes to stick to my hairy chest. Finally left at 5:30, and we ate dinner watching the Saints/Pats game.

* Back online at 8 p.m., and checked Facebook, sorted through my big stack of papers next to the keyboard (found more data to be entered into the database - about two inches worth - oh boy!). Took the fan in to dry out the bathroom carpet about 12 hours late!

* Read that Find My Family debuts tonight at 9, so went in and watched it. Decent, too many tears, not enough research methodology for my liking. So does watching it count as genealogy for me?

* Came in and read everything, then wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 1.0 hour in FTM 2010, 0.5 hour sorting papers, 3.0 hours working in database.

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