Friday, November 30, 2012

My Genealogy Friday - 30 November 2012

11 months down, one to go.  Christmas shopping does not excite me ... unless it's for me!  A little rain this afternoon and evening.

*  Up late because of not sleeping 4-6 email and blogs, then wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments from the Past Week and got ready to go out.

*  Left at 10 a.m. for Sharp-Rees-Stealy for regular checkup.  Pulse rate high for some reason...maybe the nurse's technique.  Everything else OK, weight down 2 pounds since last visit in July.  Who knew?  I've been afraid to get on the scale!

*  Went to Costco for a Polish dog, then checked out laptops.  Played with Windows 8 a bit - very different...not sure I'm ready for that!  Bought flowers for Linda's birthday.  Then to Kearny Mesa to rent the screen for Sunday...$35 a day!  

*  Home by 2 p.m. to read, futzed around for awhile trying to decide what to write, had some false starts, finally wrote Exploring RootsMagic 6 - Post 6: The "Enhanced Searching and Selecting" Feature.  Messed around in for awhile too.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post and two CVGC posts.  Went in for dinner at 5:45 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper, and then washed dishes while Linda was on the computer.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, write the SNGF post, then settled in to do 20 SSDI entries and 12 FAG entries on the MyHeritage list.  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

End of November statistics (with changes from 31 October in parentheses):

* 1,058 Feedburner subs for Genea-Musings (email) readers (+12)
*  39 Feedburner subs for The Geneaholic (email) readers (+1)

* 1,438 Google Reader readers for Genea-Musings (counter not working)
*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  worldwide: 194,881; US:  81,172 (Alexa)
* 65,144 page views (2,171 per day, Blogger Stats, +179)
* 21,965 web page visits (732 per day, Site-meter) (-43)
* 35,491 page views (1,183 1,356 per day, Site-meter) (-173)

End-of-November statistics for RootsMagic database (with change from October in parentheses):

* 41,550 persons (+206)
* 16,563 families (+70)
* 117,095 events (+1025)
* 5,933 places (+92)
* 823 sources (+12)
* 33,810  citations (+1542)
*  To-do Tasks: 52
*  Multimedia items: 291
*  Multimedia links: 939

 I'm up to 28.87% (+1.07%) for citations/events and 81.37% (+3.32%) for citations/persons.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Genealogy Thursday - 29 November 2012

Well - three more days until we celebrate Linda's big birthday - I hope she'll be surprised.  Now don't tell her!

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1870 U.S. Agricultural Census Record for Henry Carringer in Iowa.  Wrote two posts about also but held them until 1 p.m.  Wrote More Information about Changes.

*  Answered some email, and did a little database work. Announces New Subscription Website and First Look at Subscription Site posted after 1 p.m.

*  Took off to go to the restaurant to check out the banquet room - and then to Best Buy to find my future laptop.  Plenty to choose from!  Need to borrow or rent a movie screen!  

*  Home by 2:15 p.m. to read, then worked in the database adding content and sources.  

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper and have dinner, then washed the dishes and put the bandage on Linda's toe.

*  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, write a short CV Genealogy Cafe post, and do more online research - did 20 more SSDI entry confirms - 334 to go.  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My genealogy Wednesday - 28 November 2012

only 27 days until Christmas!

*  Read email and blogs, posted MyHeritage Acquires, Raises $25 Million right away, then worked on (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 233: Three Richmond Cousins in 1982 and set it for later.  In the mean time, Dear Randy: is now (Not All!) Free! came in via email so I posted that too (and had to update it later).  Researched and wrote Exploring RootsMagic 6- Post 5: the Find Everywhere Feature and set it for early afternoon.

*  Packed up and left at 11 a.m. for lunch at McDonalds, then to the bank, and the library to get a book and attend the CVGS meeting.  Georgie Stillman did her usual fine job of discussing members semi-worthless but cherished heirlooms. 

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to read, then worked in the database for awhile.  Did some of the Ancestry Hints in the Lucretia Smith line.  Found the Killingly VR index photos that I couldn't find last night - in with Connecticut VRs (duh!) cleverly named Killingly VR.  Worked on the Lincoln line.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to eat dinner, watch TV, read the paper, put out the trash and do the dishes.  Helped Linda with her toe soaking.

*  Finally online at 7:15 p.m. again to read, add to the Best Of post, answer some email, and work more on the Lincoln line.  Also did some database source entering using NEHGS site, then did 20 SSDI confirmations on MyHeritage.  Checked Facebook and wrote this post.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Genealogy Tuesday - 27 November 2012

Five more days until the big event...more on that later in the week!

*  Read email and blogs and wrote Tuesday's Tip: Check Out Genealogy Software Reviews.  Was happily toiling away on he next post, had it almost done, when the phone rang at 10:30 and Olive said "are you OK? you were supposed to be here at 10."  Oops - didn't check my Google Calendar today...printed the papers, got dressed and out the door and there by 11 a.m. for the CVGS Bylaws meeting.  Perhaps the last one this year.  

*  Home by 2 p.m. to read, eat lunch, and finish up the Evaluating the Evidence: When and Where was Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (183?-1923) Born? post.

*  Worked in the database some more adding media and tagging events with the media.  Added quite a bit, and will make a new website tonight.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to eat dinner, watch TV news, water the front plants, read the paper and wash the dishes.  

*  Online again at 6 p.m. to read, add more media to the database, answer some email, check Facebook, add to the Best Of post, and made the new website.

*  Downloaded 5 FORUM issues from Matt, worked on some of the Ancestry Hints for Lucretia smith line, and confirmed 40 SSDI entries from the MyHeritage list, adding sources and content to the database.  Then did a few Find-A-Grave entries on the MyHeritage list.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 12.5 hours.

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Genealogy Monday - 26 November 2012

This was the day of the last OASIS class for the year...and I got some real work done too.

*  Up early and off to the health clinic to get my blood work done.  Got there at 7 a.m. and read email and blogs while I waited.  Finally in at 7:55 a.m. and out by 8, and home by 8:10 a.m. to have breakfast.

*  Checked the laptop bag, found the flash drive, checked Google Drive and Dropbox for backups - yep, they're there.  Noted that Amanuensis Monday - Will of Thomas Carter (1566-1652) of Charlestown, Mass.posted.

*  Off at 9:15 a.m. to Macy's in Mission Valley for the OASIS class.  Started at 10:15, over at 12 noon.  Another class done...picked up my check, wished the staff Merry Christmas and home by 12:45 p.m. to have lunch.

*  Online at 1:15 p.m., noted that Exploring RootsMagic 6 - Post 4: Enabling Facts in Reports and Web Pages posted.  Did some editing of the next post.

*  Finally got into the database - added some content and sources for some Bu names, almost done with the Bs!  Added more sources and images to recent ancestral families too.  Noted that How Can We Communicate "The Right Way?" posted.

*  worked some more in the database until 5 p.m. when Linda called dinner, and we ate watching the news, then read the paper until 7 p.m.

*  Online again to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, update my First VP SOP, and finally got into the database again adding sources and content from NEHGS site, and then from Find-A-Grave.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My genealogy Sunday - 25 November 2012

Another week starts, they never stop coming...only 5 more weeks until new Years.

*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best Of post.  Went off to church at 9:30 a.m.

*  Home from church at 11:30 a.m., watched football and read the paper.

*  Came in at 1 p.m. and noted that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 18 to 24 November 2012 had posted.  Listened to the Chargers game and worked on my database for the whole game.  Added lots of citation details, and some citations, to family papers.  couldn't find the Kemp typed sheet, or Austin's death certificate.  Drat.  Chargers lost 16-13 to Ravens in overtime.  They actually played a decent game.  

*  Went in for dinner and to watch TV news.

*  Online at 6 p.m. to read, write CVGS Meeting on Wednesday, 28 November: "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman, ASA and write three posts for Monday.

*  Answered some email, sent the CVGS surveys to the membership, checked in on Facebook, then worked in Find A Grave on the MyHeritage list - got 40 more entries confirmed - now down to 397.  Added some sources and content too.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

RootsMagic database stats:

* 41,505 persons
* 16,550 families
* 116,764 events 
* 5,905 places
* 822 sources
* 33,443 citations
*  To-do Tasks: 52
*  Multimedia items: 265
*  Multimedia links: 809

Saturday, November 24, 2012

My genealogy Saturday - 24 November 2012

It was a stay-at-home Saturday, except for lunch and dinner outings to give Linda some go-somewhere time.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Surname Saturday - SMITH (England > Massachusetts) and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Baby Name Wizard ad set it for later.

*  Worked in the Ancestry Member Tree again, pruning out the useless Hints and saving the good Hints (mainly Mass. Town and Vital Records) to a separate file folder for later attaching.  Also named the Norman Seaver probate record images.  

*  We left at 11 a.m. to go to In 'n' Out for lunch, then stopped at Sprouts on the way home.  

*  Home at 12:30, worked in Find-A-Grave for several hours using the MyHeritage list, adding content and sources when needed.  Found a probable error in a Fletcher memorial, so used the Chelmsford VR book to try to sort out several same name-same place families (Samuel and Mary Fletcher...).  Took awhile, and I added some citation details to death and marriage sources...lots more Fletchers to do in Chelmsford and Westford!

*  Worked on the CVGS First VP SOP to get it into the right format.

*  We left at 5 p.m. to go to dinner at Outback.  Got right in, filet dinner, even a cocktail!  Big night!  Home by 6:30 p.m. to watch the end of the USC-ND game and read the paper and then latest American Ancestors Magazine.

*  Online at 8 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, and then did the Carringer line of source quality (Source-Info-Evidence) checks in RootsMagic.  Added some sources, some source details and some images along the way.  

*  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Friday, November 23, 2012

My genealogy Thursday and Friday - 22 and 23 November 2012

Two more days gone, 2012 has only 39 days left!  I guess I'd better see how i'm doing on my goals and objectives.

1)  Thursday, 22 November 2012:

*  Got up twice in the night with Audrey, she ended up on the couch!  We had a light breakfast and tried to get ready for brother Scott's visit at 10 a.m.  I managed to read email and blogs, noted that I Am So Thankful ... posted.

*  Scott and family arrived right at 10 a.m., and Tami and Dawn got the brunch going.  Waffles, bacon, hash browns, fruit...and we enjoyed it.

*  We talked about the families, played with the kids outside, watched a little football, and took some pictures outside.  They left at 2:45 p.m. to go to Dawn's parents for Thanksgiving Dinner.  I noted that My Mayflower Connections - Soule, White, Warren, Cooke, Brewster, Hopkins and Fuller posted as planned.

*  Before my nap, I checked the stove - the turkey was put in at 1 p.m. but was not cooking.  Got it going at 3 p.m.  Took a short nap watching football and reading the paper, then played with the girls, and helped with dinner preparations.  Held the turkey down while Linda carved it at 5 p.m.

*  Thanksgiving dinner was turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce and bread.  Lauren said the prayer and we all held hands and said what we were thankful for.  Dessert was pumpkin pie or cheesecake (or both) with vanilla ice cream.  

*  Tami and family packed up and headed home at 7 p.m.  I cleaned up the kitchen, Tami had the dishes in the washer.  Took out the trash and put the cans out.

*  Finally online at 8 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook and didn't write a journal post.  Managed to get 40 SSDI entries confirmed using the MyHeritage list so I actually did some genealogy work this day!  Went to bed early!

Genealogy on Thursday was 3.0 hours.

2)  Friday, 23 November 2012:

*  Remembered to get up early to have my blood work done at Sharp...they were closed!  Wasted 30 minutes, drat.  Ate breakfast late.

*  Online at 8:30 a.m. to read email and blogs, then wrote Follow-Up Friday - Interesting and Helpful Reader Comments.  Made a new My RootsMagic website and uploaded it, fixing some problems and adding more events and images.

*  Worked in the database for awhile, had a long phone call with Jon, then hunted for more town records on Ancestry.  Got through Benjamin Seaver ancestors on Ancestry ignoring many hints and downloading records from the town records.  I expected more than I found.  Saved and named downloaded images, and added them to the database.

*  Wrote Pruning my Ancestry Member Tree Hints.  Continued working in Mass town records with Seaver families.  Also named files for Seaver probate records that I scanned some months ago.  

*  Did a little research for an email correspondent, and answered several emails.  Found that one line in my database should have been Leaver instead of Seaver, and added content to that line.

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m., watched TV news, read the paper and washed the dishes.

*  Back online at 7:30 p.m. to read, check Facebook, work some more on Seaver probate files and vital record images, added more images and tags to the database.  Went through the Seaver ancestors adding Source-Info-Evidence quality checks to the sources.  Need to do the Carringer and Richmond lines too.

*  Confirmed 40 entries in SSDI using the MyHeritage list - down to 437 left.  Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  

Linda went out for lunch with Barbara today, is up and aroundm ore, and is bored lying around.  Her toe is still seeping...she iced it again tonight.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My genealogy Wednesday - 21 November 2012

The grandgirls came today, so genealogy was limited to reading and just a little database work.

*  Read email and blogs, then noted that (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 232: Aunt Emily in 1960 posted, and later that Exploring RootsMagic 6 - Post 2: Online Publishing posted.  

*  Started work on the third RootsMagic post but Tami and the girls came at 11 a.m.  We went to lunch at Lolita's because Tami had to work in Mission Valley at 1 p.m.  I got them home, and went off to the library to transfer the CVGS projector back to Gary at the Computer Group meeting.

*  Home by 1 p.m. to get the Exploring RootsMagic 6 - Post 3: My RootsMagic Family Tree Website post finished and set for later.  Updated a lot of apps on the Galaxy including, and tested it.

*  Audrey couldn't nap, but I did from 2 to 3 in my chair.  She happily played while I snored.  Played with both girls for awhile, and Lolo helped me weed the front plants a pit.  

*  I came in at 5 p.m. and we went to El Pollo Loco for dinner.  The girls eat really well!  

*  Home at 6:30 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper, play with the girls, tend to Linda's toe, and get the girls in the shower.  Tami came home, and the girls went to bed easily at about 8:30.

*  Read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, checked some boxes in RootsMagic to include Events in the online publishing, confirmed another 40 SSDI entries using the MyHeritage list and adding sources when necessary.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 5.5 hours.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My genealogy Tuesday - 20 November 2012

It was "play with the new RootsMagic 6 day."

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip: the Hathi Trust Digital Library and then Exploring RootsMagic 6 - Post 1.

*  I spent awhile figuring out how to do the Publish Online and made several sets of files and loaded them on the RootsMagic site.  I couldn't show more than one site - the second one replaced the first even though I had changed the name.  

*  Left at 12:45 p.m. for the derma doctor and stopped at the pharmacy on the way back.  

*  Home at 2 p.m. to read, watch the Legacy webinar, wrote two posts for Thursday, make one more "big" RootsMagic publish file, and then wrote Dear Randy: Is Find A Grave a Reliable Source?

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to eat dinner, watch TV and read the paper.

*  Online at 6 p.m. to watch the RootsMagic webinar, tweeted a bit about it, and then wrote two posts for Wednesday (because the girls are coming tomorrow afternoon for Thanksgiving).  Modified the site again... can't resist!

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.    

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Monday, November 19, 2012

My genealogy Monday - 19 November 2012

It was a decent genealogy day today - my 3rd OASIS class was today, and I got new software to play with.

*  Read email and blogs, started a new Best Of post, and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Will of Joseph Carter (1604-1676) of Woburn, Mass. posted last night (my mistake...).

*  Got Linda's bandage fixed up, and left at 9:15 a.m. for the OASIS class. Got there by 9:40, got set up, and had 8 students today (out of 9 registered) for the 3rd class. wild card searches worked on the laptop there with Firefox like a charm.

*  Done by 12:15 p.m. and home by 12:45 p.m. even with a stop at the gas station.

*  Read, tried to duplicate Ancestry wild card searches and failed again.  Is it Chrome?  Had the Widdit adware pop-up and tried to figure out how to get rid of it.  McAfee and MSS did not show it, and it disappeared after I ran both of them.  Strange.

*  We left at 2:15 p.m. to visit Ruth, then to Dolla Tree for plates and napkins for Thanksgiving, and were home by 3 p.m.

*  Linda wanted to see her toe pix on Facebook with all of the comments, and then spent an hour doing her email.  Argghhh.

*  Finally online at 4 p.m. to read and wrote Pruning the Tree - a Wrong Buck Family.  Did some work on Amos Underhill family - downloaded census records.

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m, read the paper, watched football and did the dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, add citations for Amos Underhill census records, found some Find-A-Grave records for him also.

*  Worked in the database on Buck and other names, adding content and sources.  Almost done with the B names!

*  Decided to download RootsMagic 6.  Download worked fine, paid for it, got the registration key, and can't figure out how to get the key into the program so I can use it.  Sent an email to RM.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

RootsMagic database stats:

* 41,613 persons
* 16,586 families
* 116,935 events 
* 5,900 places
* 822 sources
* 33,191 citations
*  To-do Tasks: 51
*  Multimedia items: 250
*  Multimedia links: 739

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My rotten Sunday - 18 November 2012

The day started out bad for me, and got worse...

*  I was awakened from a sound sleep at 5:40 a.m. by Linda calling for me.  She had dropped the frozen turkey in the freezer on her right foot, and was bleeding.  I tried to clean it up, but it kept bleeding and we decided to go to the ER.  Got her there by 6:40 a.m. and they took her in immediately for x-rays.  I sat in the lobby, using the iPhone to read email, blogs and add Ancestry Hints, until 9:15 when I went in to be with her.  They had finally gotten the x-rays that showed her middle toe on her right foot was fractured - shattered the tip of that toe.  The doc came in and put in 8 stitches to close the bleeding wounds, and gave us a prescription, a walking shoe, and directions for treatment.  I posted pictures of the toes on Facebook... and both girls called to check up on her.

*  She was released at 10:45 a.m. and we were home by 11 a.m.  I went to Ralphs to get the prescription and some food items.  I changed the dressing, got the pills down her, and we ate lunch.  She can walk on it.  She called Tami and begged off having the girls for the week here.

*  We watched the Chargers game - worst effort of the year in the first half.  They lost to Denver 30-23 but it wasn't that close.  now 4-6.  A terrible day so far.

*  Managed to tweet about Best of the Genea-Blogs - 11 to 17 November 2012 posting, and read email and blogs.

*  Went in to help with dinner and we ate watching the news and then football.  I did the dishes, and gave her pills and changed the dressing.  It's still oozing blood on the right side of the toe - looks like the stitches didn't close the wound completely.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, write a post for Monday which went up by mistake, and worked in the database adding sources and content (mainly the Buck data from Connecticut towns).

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 3.0 hours.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My genealogy Saturday - 17 November 2012

Well, November is moving right along, isn't it?  It's Thanksgiving next week, and Linda's birthday the weekend after.  We have something big planned, but don't tell her!

*  Read email and blogs hurriedly, then off to UCSD for the CGSSD meeting.

*  Got the just before 9 a.m., paid my 2013 dues, and participated in the RootsMagic class led by Chris.  Then over for a snack, and the business meeting for elections and website review - has modernized!  About time!  Everett Ireland gave his Non-Population Schedules talk.  Had lunch there and talked to folks.

*  Home by 12 noon to read, note that Surname Saturday - GRANDE (colonial Massachusetts) and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - 100 Word Challenge - Grandparents posted.

*  Wrote Chula Vista Library "Table Talk" with John Finch on WednesdaysRevised CVGS Bylaws ApprovedCVGS Newsletter for November 2012 Published and two more posts on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe.

*  Balanced the checkbooks...took almost two hours!  Only 2 months to do.

*  Worked in the database adding sources and content - AA stopped working for me.  Found a collateral Buck family error and fixed it.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. for dinner, watched football, read the paper and did the dishes.

*  Back online at 7 p.m. to add lots of Buck BMD sources from Connecticut VRs in Barbour collection on Ancestry, and on Find-A-Grave.

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and wrote thisp ost.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Friday, November 16, 2012

My genealogy Friday - 16 November 2012

This is my brother Scott's 57th birthday - he and is family made it to San Diego yesterday and we will enjoy seeing them on Thanksgiving Day!

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments.  

*  Printed off the latest SOPs and left at 9:45 a.m. for Olive's house for the CVGS Bylaws meeting.    We got two meeting on 27 November.

*  Home by 12:45 p.m. to read, then researched and wrote NEHGS Has Many Searchable Periodicals Online.

*  did some database work with sources and content, but got sleepy so went in at 4 p.m. to take a nap while watching news.  Read the paper, finally woke Linda up at 5:30 p.m. and we went off to Lolita's for dinner at 6 p.m.  

*  Home from Lolita's at 6:45, read everything, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and then worked in the database in Wareham and Taunton VRs for the Lincoln family.  

*  Wrote the two Saturday posts tonight.  Wandered around The Mayflower Descendant index a bit to see if there are articles I need to see on AA.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My genealogy Thursday - 15 November 2012

This was a stay-at-home day, except for the doctor visit and going out to lunch.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1860 U.S. Census Record for David J. Carringer Family and's Wild Card Search Is Broken - Please Fix It!

*  Left at 10:15 a.m. for the Sharp health center, had my eye appointment where he dilates the eye and checks for diabetes related things.  None found...good.  Very bright outside on a cloudy to Jimmy's at the Park by 11:45 to join the Rohr group for lunch.  Had a good time sharing with the guys.

* Home by 1:15 p.m. to read, then do the SDGS program review for Diane.  Finalized my SOP for First VP and sent it off.  Wrote I Love 1000Memories Site for Photo Sharing and added more photos in the process.

*  Added some sources to the database, and some media too.  In the process, found that I had not transcribed the important papers in the Martin Carringer Rev War pension file.  I need to do that - more amanuensis Monday fodder!

*  Went in for dinner at 5:45 p.m., watched TV, ate dinner, and read the paper until 7 p.m., when I came in to do some real work.

*  Answered some email, checked Facebook, then added content and sources to Lincoln line, and then did 40 SSDI entries from the MyHeritage list.  

*  Added to the Best Of post, did some random database additions, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My genealogy Wednesday - 14 November 2012

It was not a hectic day here in the Genea-Cave - I did manage to get some data entry and source citing done, in addition to the CVGS Research Group and some blogging.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 231: Sitting on a Bench and 2012 GeneaBlog Awards by Tamura Jones, then Is This the Original Source for Hannah Sartell's Birth? and set it for early afternoon.

*  Packed up the laptop and projector and off to McDonalds for lunch, then the bank, and then the library for the Research Group.  The Library has installed a router in the Conference Room!!  worked great.  We had 12 for the Group, which went until after 2 p.m.

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to read, then write Mocavo Announces Free Scanning Service and CGSSD Meeting on Saturday Features Everett Ireland and set it for late afternoon.

*  Worked on the SOP for First VP - got it into the revised format.  

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m., watched TV game shows, put out the trash.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, work in the database adding content and sources, then did some Find-A-Grave entries on the MyHeritage list.  down to 1011 to go!

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of list, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Genealogy Days - 12 and 13 November 2012

We got home after 10 p.m. last night so I didn't journal...bad boy!  Sleepy too.

1)  Monday, 12 November:

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records of Isaac Learned (1624-1657) of Chelmsford, Mass. posted.

*  Gathered my OASIS handouts and my flash drive, and off to OASIS class at 9 a.m.  Had 7 again (not the same 7!) and class went until 12:30 p.m.

*  Home by 1 p.m. to eat lunch, noted that Fixing My Folks in FamilySearch Family Tree - the Plan posted.

*  Went in at 1:30 p.m. to read the paper, take a nap, and not much else.  Made sure my stuff for the TVGS talk was on the flash drive and the flash was in my pocket.

*  We left at 3:30 p.m. for Temecula.  Traffic was OK all the way, ate at the Black Angus there, and got to the venue by 6 p.m. Got set up easily, and talked to folks.  Program started at 7 p.m., and I was off on "Searching Effectively" at 7:15 and done at 8:30 p.m.  Too much information - I need to eliminate some, I guess.

*  Left at 9 p.m. for home, home at 10:05 p.m. with no traffic problems.  Read, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and didn't journal.

Genealogy this day was 7.0 hours

2)  Tuesday, 13 November 2012:

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Tuesday's Tip - Check Out Ontario Records on FamilySearch and Finding Hannah Sawtell's 1789 Birth Record in New Hampshire Town Clerk Records and set it for later.

*  Printed off material for CVGS By-laws meeting in afternoon, worked more in NH Town Records trying to find the old Brookline book - it's there!  Posted FamilySearch Blog Now on RSS Feed (Again).

*  Left at 2 p.m. for CVGS meeting, home by 5:30 p.m. for dinner, read the paper, etc.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then work on Lincoln/Lowell tree folks, adding content and sources.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My genealogy day - 11 November 2012

Woe, woe, woe ... poor Chargers, poor Aztecs.  Double stomp... I did genealogy for therapy!

*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 4 to 10 November 2012 post and set it for after noon.

*  Watched the Chargers-Bucs game rather than going to church.  It was a good game up until the 4th quarter when the Bolts offensive line problems caused two intercepts, one for a touchdown.  Bucs won going away, 234-24.  Chargers now 4-5.

*  Then I watched the Aztecs game with Syracuse...blowout city. by 13.  After 5 minutes.  Ended 62-49.

*  Came in and read, then worked on the Lincoln/Lowell line in Rowley and Newbury - added quite a few persons with sourced events.  

*  Sent the CVGS Newsletter to the members.  Went in at 5 p.m. to eat dinner and watch TV.

*  Online at 6 p.m. to read, check Facebook, wrote two posts for Monday.

*  Did 40 SSDI entries from the MyHeritage list, then randomly searched AA, GB, and for some Pickford stuff.  didn't find much.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 6.0 hours.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Genealogy Saturday - 10 November 2012

Well, I enjoyed this day, and got several projects completed in the process.

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Surname Saturday - BENNETT (England > Massachusetts) posted (written last night).  

*  I gathered my stuff and went off to the SDGS meeting at 9 a.m. to hear Barbara Renick.  Had good chats with her, Paul and Del too.  Even won a book in the drawing.  Barb had two excellent talks - she is one of the most tuned-in people I know to genealogy and technology.

*  Home by 1 p.m. to watch the Aztecs game, did note that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who Is Your 3rd Most Recent Unknown Ancestor posted.  At halftime, I printed off the CVGS Newsletter masters, and the mailing labels, and went down to the UPS Store to publish the newsletter and make copies of the surveys.  Had to go to the Post Office too.

*  Home by 2:45 p.m. to watch the end of the Aztecs game - they won, 28-9 over Air Force.  Read the paper too.

*  Online to answer email, check Facebook, add to the Best Of post, and tried to empty the Downloads file a bit.  Then went in for dinner.

*  Online at 6 p.m. to read, then worked on the CVGS SOP for First VP.  Sent that off to the committee, and then updated my Searching presentation for Monday's talk.  Had to update almost every screen shot - about 60 of them!  Put the files on the flash drive in my pocket.  Copied files to Dropbox.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  No database work today!

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Genealogy Friday - 9 November 2012

Another day, another presentation to a group of beautiful women.  What's not to like?

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments.

*  Did a quick, last-minute edit of my presentation to include a RevWar soldier, got it on the flash drive, and left at 10:15 a.m. for Admiral Baker golf course.  Got there by 10:40, found the room and got set up before the meeting started.  Had to use my clicker and not theirs...but that worked.  

*  Sat through the DAR meeting, then had a nice buffet lunch and excellent table talk.  My talk started at about 12:45 p.m. and went about 45 minutes.  Had to use no lectern for the first time, so had to look at the slides a lot.  

*  Home by 2:15 p.m. to read, got sleepy, went in for a nap at 3 p.m., read the paper, watched news.  

*  Back online at 4:30 p.m. to read, check Facebook, then wrote Email Source Citation in RootsMagic 5.

*  Went in at 5:40 p.m. for dinner, watched TV news, and read the paper.

*  Online again at 6:30 p.m., worked on the CVGS Newsletter and got it finished.  I'll print it on Saturday.  

*  Worked  on the Lincoln line, got a lot of Rowley MA source citations in the database for the families.  Still lots more to do here!

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday and SNGF posts for Saturday.  Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My genealogy Thursday - 8 November 2012

Another presentation day without a lot of research done.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1870 U.S. Census Record for D.J. Carringer Family and then SDGS 10 November Meeting Features Barbara Renick and set it for later.

*  Printed off 25 copies of the handout, packed my bag, and we left at 11 a.m. to pick up the projector at Gary's and then to the Sweetwater Women's Club for my "Genealogy - Be An Ancestor Detective" talk there.  Got everything set up, had a nice potluck lunch, and did the talk in 35 minutes or so.  Lots of questions afterwards too.  

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to read, then research and write FamilySearch has New Hampshire Town Clerk Records.  Struggled to get a source citation for it - finally used the template.

*  Went in at 4:30 p.m. to watch the news, read the paper, eat dinner, wash the dishes, and avoid starting the newsletter.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m., got a start on the CVGS Newsletter - about 80% complete, and waiting on input from several folks.  

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, did 40 names in the SSDI list on MyHeritage, and added some Lincoln content.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Genealogy Wednesday - 7 November 2012

It was not a great day for genealogy research or data entry ... but I managed to do some and have some fun.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 230: My Seaver family in 1956 and then Yearbook Collection FREE on Mocavo.

*  Gathered up my papers and off to the pharmacy at 11 a.m., then McDonalds for lunch, and the library for the CVGS Bored meeting.

*  Bored meeting was almost 3 hours ... home by 3:15 p.m. to read, write FamilySearch has New York Marriages, 1908-1935 and check Facebook.

*  We left at 5:50 p.m. for the country club - Sandy hosted a dinner for her mom and friends.  Nice.  Not excited by talk of Las Vegas and Hollywood shows, but... just me.

*  Home by 8:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and do some database work.  did another 20 SSDI entries on MyHeritage, then went searching for my son-in-laws heritage in the 1940 census.  Found several ancestral families working backwards in census records and AMTs.  Now to find records to support this.  

*  Checked the talk for Thursday to flash drive, then wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My genealogy Tuesday - 6 November 2012

Election Day, and my guy lost.  I hope that my cousin Barack Obama and the House Republicans can come up with a compromise on budgets, spending, etc.  I stayed home and did genealogy almost all day...and night!  Therapy.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip -'s YouTube Channel and then Interesting Search Quirk.

*  Worked on CVGS rules, answered some email, and read a book for review.

*  Researched and wrote California Voter Registration Records for My Carringer and Auble Females and set it for later.

*  Worked in the database adding content and sources for Dudley and Dowsett families.  Then worked in AmericanAncestors and Vermont vitals for the rest of the afternoon.

*  Went in for dinner at 5 p.m. to read the paper, eat dinner, and watch TV.

*  Online again at 6:30 p.m. and worked more on sources and content.  Checked political sites and Facebook and listened to the radio...Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post. 

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

RootsMagic database statistics:

* 41,347 persons
* 16,498 families
* 116,182 events 
* 5,851 places
* 812 sources
* 32,560 citations
*  To-do Tasks: 51
*  Multimedia items: 236
*  Multimedia links: 674

Monday, November 5, 2012

My genealogy Sunday and Monday - 4 and 5 November 2012

The election is almost over.  My prediction is:  Romney 49%, Obama 48%, Romney EV 280, Obama EV 258.

1)  Sunday, 4 November:

We returned from our Topeka trip on Sunday at 10 a.m., and we were home by 11 a.m.  We were up at 2:30 a.m. CST, at the KC airport by 5 a.m., and on the 6:40 a.m. flight to Las Vegas, then on to San Diego.  I dozed most of the way.  Unpacked, printed off handouts, and left at 12:15 p.m. for Bonita library, where I presented the 2nd RootsMagic workshop to about 14 people.

2)  Home by 3:30 p.m. to doze off, watch football, then news.  Linda went to bed at 6 p.m., and I went online then to read, and note that the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 28 October to 3 November 2012 post had failed to post due to my error - fixed it!

*  Checked all of the OASIS material one more time, made sure it was on the laptop, Dropbox and the flash drive, and put the Class 1 syllabus in my laptop bag.

*  Worked on the blog post for Monday.  Went to bed at 9 p.m. because of lack of sleep.

Genealogy this day was maybe 5.0 hours.

2)  Monday, 5 November 2012:

*  Up at 6, online at 7 a.m., Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - the Will of Ellis Barron (1600-1676) of Watertown, Mass. posted.  Looked for new databases on Ancestry and FamilySearch.

*  Gathered the laptop bag and an apple and left at 9:15 a.m. for OASIS in Mission Valley.  got there after 9:30 and got setup on the computer using the flash drive.  Had only 7 students - 3 didn't show.  Good students - they seemed to get it.

*  Headed home at 12:30 p.m., had lunch and online soon after 1 p.m.  Noted that Crowd-Sourcing Cousin Edith posted.

*  Added the Kemp obits to my database (finally), and searched for more information about Edith's husbands without success.  Answered a bunch of emails also.  Did not find something interesting to blog about...kind of in a slump here.  

*  Answered more emails, merged some WikiTree folks, crawled around in AMTs without much success, added some of the Able/Auble/Row folks to the FS Family Tree using RootsMagic.  almost posted about that but didn't.  

*  Went in for TV news, read the paper, and dinner at 5:30 p.m., back online at 6:30 p.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and worked in the database adding content and sources for persons, including SSDI entries on MyHeritage.  Added over 120 source citations today.  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.5 hours today.