Saturday, April 2, 2011

My genealogy day - 2 April 2011

It was an interesting, and full, genealogy day. 

*  Quickly read my email and blogs before getting cleaned up and rushing off to my Men's breakfast at 8 a.m., then to Bonita for the CVGS Seminar at the library there.  Stopped at Von's for a box of cookies to share, and walked in the door of the library at 9:30 a.m.  Helped set up tables and chairs, got my laptop set up in the back near a plug, and chatted with friends.  Noted that Surname Saturday - VON ERNEST (Germany to Pennsylvania) posted.

*  Program started at 10 a.m., Gary had a computer crash last night and had to reconstitute one of the presentations.  Del Stevens talked about insurance papers, and it turns out that almost everything is confidential - the companies won't disclose anything without legal paper.  The best chance to obtain information from them is if they are found in family papers. 

*  Lunch was supposed to be at the hot dog stand, but they ran out of hot dogs as I got there to order, so scarfed the free food in the seminar.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - the 1940 US Census

posted.  Managed to tweet SNGF before the next session.

*  The second session was Mike Murphy on Wills, codicils and other legal things.  He described the present day probate process using legal forms and the like - takes all the fun out them!  He went through many of the items to be decided in the process.  This was over at 2:30 p.m., and I helped put the chairs and tables away.

*  Home by 3:15 p.m. to watch the end of the Padres game - beat St. Louis 11-3 today.  Then watched the Butler/VCU game and we ate dinner.

*  Came in at 5:30 p.m. to read everything, answer emails, check Facebook, made a GEDCOM and uploaded it to FTM 2011, then edited the "estimated birth date" sources to be in Birth Notes rather than Birth Sources.  Even added some data to the database from my to-do pile.

*  Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Need to work on the recent photos from the digital cameras now.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 1.0 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour writing blog posts, 5.0 hours at CVGS Seminar, and 3.0 hours working in the database.

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