Monday, January 25, 2010

Randy's Genealogy Day - 25 January 2010

Finally a decent genealogy day with few distractions. Wonder where the time went? Not sure how much time I wasted...more than I know, probably! A fun day.

* Read everything then posted Amanuensis Monday - the Will of Ruth (Hawkins) (Wade) Hopkins. Wrote Five Fascinating Interviews and set it for noon. Funny, RE posted about latter today too - coincidence?

* Checked databases in WorldVitalRecords for Seaver facts, and added some NH records and sources where I needed to.. Just scratched the surface, however. There are thousands of matches to put in the database on WVR, Footnote, Ancestry, etc. A monumental task and one that will just get larger over time if I don't start whittling the mountain of data.

* Got cleaned up, ate lunch, went off to the library for CVGS Table Talk at noon. Home by 1:45 p.m.

* Posted 27 January Program Features Susi Pentico Talk on Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog, then checked Gmail there and on Genea-Musings. Sent the program notice to email list, and posted it on Genea-Musings too. Checked Facebook. Checked OGF documents that Claire sent me.

* Dug out my pile of "to be entered into database" material and got five Great Migration sketches checked and noted into the database. Had some errors in my family data - nice to have them fixed.

* Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, read paper and eat dinner. Was back online at 6:30.

* Read everything, answered some emails, went back into database to work on notes and sources some more. Have no clue how to figure out what I haven't done - with 38,000 persons them ind can't keep it all straight. I tend to randomly pick a family line then work down it, then the spousal lines, etc. But there are whole sections of my database that have the shorthand sources and sparse notes (or no notes, even for ancestral families). Need to identify those and find the supporting papers in the notebooks.

* Went in at 9 p.m. to watch 24, back online at 10:15, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on Twitter/Facebook, 2.5 hours researching and writing blog posts, 1.5 hours on CVGS, 0.5 hour looking at OGF, 1.0 hour in WVR, and 4.0 hours working in my database.

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