Thursday, February 28, 2013

My genealogy day - 28 February 2013

February is done, here comes March, the BASH, OASIS classes, RootsTech, our anniversary, CVGS program...

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1880 U.S. Census for Abigail A. Smith Family.  Wrote Canadian Census Records on FamilySearch and set it for early afternoon.

*  Answered some email.  Transferred BASH talks to laptop using Dropbox, then practiced the Jane's Roots talk on the laptop.  

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote the Surname Saturday and a post for Friday.

*  Left at 2:30 p.m. to print off the OASIS syllabus at the UPS Store. 

*  Home by 3:15 p.m. to read, added to the Best Of post, wrote the SNGF post for Saturday, and worked in the database a bit.  

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

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, write a post for Friday morning, and work in the database on the Lincoln line, then added sources to some Mass. families from the VR books, especially Woburn.

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 28 February (with numbers from 31 January 2013):

* 41,500 persons (+22)
* 16,551 families  (+14)
* 119,269 events  (+875)
* 6,236 places  (+107)
* 863 sources (+16)
* 38,389 citations (+1,557)

*  385 Multi-media Items (+ 12)

*  1,234 Multimedia links (+ 30)

 I'm up to 32.19% (+1.08%) for citations/events and 92.50% (+3.70%) for citations/persons.

Genea-Musings statistics for 28 February 2013 (compared to 31 January 2013):

* 1,102 Feedburner subs for Genea-Musings (email) readers (+7)
*  39 Feedburner subs for The Geneaholic (email) readers (+1)

* 1,599 Google Reader readers for Genea-Musings (+39)
*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  worldwide: 254,557; US:  100,337 (Alexa)
* 71,423 page views (2,550 per day, Blogger Stats, -102)
* 21,517 web page visits (768 per day, Site-meter) (-82)
* 36,643 page views (1,309 per day, Site-meter) (-106)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My genealogy day - 27 February 2013

Finally a full genealogy day - the first one since Saturday - thought I'd lost my touch!!

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 245: The Honeymooners Return and Revolutionary Voices: A Last Muster Film and set it for later.

*  Checked Ancestry and FamilySearch for new databases, and found several.  Poked around a bit but didn't enter anything into the database.

*  Gathered my stuff and off to Mcdonalds for lunch and the library for the CVGS program.  Hank Jones gave a nice talk on how to research immigrants using his 8th century Palatines as examples - lecture, no slides, great handout!

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to inspect the bathroom sink and toilet fixes, and put stuff away under the sink and above the towel rack above the toilet.  

*  Wrote Source Citation for World War I Draft Registration Card and then Linda called me in for dinner.  We ate watching TV, and I read the paper and put out the trash later.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to join DearMyrtle's Hangout on Air - they discussed Evidentia at some length again.  Made the hotel reservation for Friday night, and read things while hanging out.

*  Started work in the database at 7:45 p.m., got through the Cogswells, adding sources and content.  Found data for several previously mysterious persons.

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

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My non-genealogy days - 24 to 26 February 2013

Things were going along well on Sunday, until we got the phone call every father dreads..."he's going to the hospital, can you come up?" (it could be worse, of course, but this was bad enough).

Sunday, 24 February:

So after a fairly lazy Sunday ,which included checking into Scanfest but not scanning anything, noting that the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 17 to 23 February 2013 posted, writing CVGS Program on 27 February Features Hank Jones!, watching Daytona 500, adding content and sources to the database in the late afternoon and evening, the call came at 9:20 p.m.  We took our blankets but no other clothes, jumped in the car and were in H.B. by 11:15 p.m.  She let us sleep in her bed, and the girls were asleep in their room.

Monday, 25 February:

*  We all took the girls to school, then back to the house.  T. went off to check on J. at the hospital, and came home with good news - release in 3 days.  I had a short nap, and read my email, checked blogs and wrote a blog post - Amanuensis Monday - 1853 Deed of Samuel Vaux to Robert Bartlett in Aurora, N.Y.

*  Not much else during the day - I couldn't think of something to blog about and T. left for her class while we picked up the girls, stopped at Dollar Tree, then home to play and do homework, and out to dinner at Super Mex.  Home to get the girls bathed, into jammies, ready for bed ... and they had a little spat and wouldn't sleep in their rooms.  Drat.  Finally to sleep by 10 p.m. when T. came home.  I went to sleep...but wrote Tuesday's Tip - Check Out Randy's Genealogy Links before T. got home.

Tuesday, 26 February:

*  Up early for breakfast, T. took the girls to school and we left at 8:15 a.m. for home.  Got home at 10:05 a.m. to bring everything in, call the plumber for the bathroom problems, and settled in to read email and blogs, then wrote Top Ten Characteristics of a Good Genealogist.

*  Printed off the OASIS handout masters for copying, and edited the first class presentation for next Monday.

*  Copied BASH talks to Dropbox and Box, and got box going on the Old Photos.  It turns out that Box does not sync subfolders, only main folders.  Bummer.

*  Dozed off while reading Facebook at 2 p.m., and Linda came in and saw me slumped over and almost panicked.  Woke me up...

*  Worked in the database until the plumber came after 3 p.m.  Decided the sink fitting needed replacing and the toilet needed replacing.  He will do them on Wednesday.

*  Ate dinner, read the paper and watched TV, then online again at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and work in the database adding content and sources.  Nice to get back into the saddle again - missed it for one night!  Need to update the database on Dropbox.  Wrote this post.

* is still uploading the photo files - 1 mb every 5 seconds or so.  2 gb to go - it may take all night!

Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My genealogy day - 23 February 2013

It was a stay-at-home Saturday, the last in awhile!  Had some genealogy fun today...

*  Read email and blogs, then listened to the parts of several WDYTYA talks from London on Ancestry's livestream.  Noted that Surname Saturday - KNOWLES (England > Massachusetts) posted.

*  Wrote the SNGF post, and then worked in the database finding sources for Hildreth family members...from Zacharish and Elizabeth (Keyes) Hildreth forward - 3 or 4 generations.  Added quite a few dates and sources to the database.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestor Roulette! posted.

*  Checked Facebook and Google+, watched Kathryn Hogan's webinar on Canadian Census records - lots of detail, good stuff.  

*  Had bathroom flood from sink - the floor is wet.  Propped up sink better, attached pipe again, took everything out, got the fan going to do the floor and under sink. What a mess!

*  Figured out that between RM5 and RM6 something changed so that marriages don't show up in a GEDCOM import to FTM 16.  They do in FTM 2012 and Legacy 7.5, but not FTM 16.  I wonder why?

*  Went in at 4 p.m. to watch the SDSU basketball game, read the paper, and we ate dinner and watched the news.  Got Ruthie's mail.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and work on the Ancestry presentation a bit.  

*  Worked in Ancestry to add content - got down past Cleveland...added some sources and some data, finding sources in Ancestry, FamilySearch, Find A Grave and America Ancestors.  Added about 100 sources today.

Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My genealogy day - 22 February 2013

Happy the real George Washington's birthday - 281 years ago!  33rd anniversary of USA win over Russia in Olympic hockey.  Didn't move the ball very much today - I feel like I wasted some of the day...stayed home except for dinner.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Friday Funny - Ancestor Pressure and then found the Ancestry LiveStream and listened to some of it, then posted is LiveStreaming this Weekend from WDYTYA Live!

*  Took a hard look at the Sussex NJ probates for Able, and can't find the John Able who died in 1818, or probable wife Catherine who died in 1847, or the John Able who died in 1831 with a son John, all in Byram.  Went searching for more information on Robert, Hampton and Elizabeth Auble, siblings of my David Auble.  Robert is in Blairstown NJ his whole life, and Hampton and Elizabeth are in Philadelphia to death in 1901 and 1899 respectively.  Found death notices, and cemetery records, for all of them.  Didn't help sort out who their parents were!

*  Wrote Review: Legacy QuickGuide on World War I and World War II Military Records.

*  Back into the database to work on Vaux folks - followed some families and added content and sources for them from Ancestry and FamilySearch resources.  

*  Gave up the desktop to Linda at 4:20 p.m., read the paper and watched news, almost napped... we left at 5 p.m. for Chick Fil-A for dinner (a CVPC fundraiser) and treated Linda to a ColdStone - she's been wanting it.

*  Home by 6:45 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, then wrote the Surname Saturday post, and noticed problem with marriages in FTM 16 when I GEDCOMed the new file.  FTM 2012 works fine...

*  worked in Find A Grave adding content and sources.  Added 115 sources today, and confirmed 23 FAG entries.  475 to go!

Checked Facebook and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My genealogy day - 21 February 2013

February is 3/4 in the bag...what will the last week bring?  Cold and showery here today...I stayed home and did genealogy fun stuff.  Finally unplugged my left ear too!

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1880 U.S. Census Record for D J Smith Family and then researched and wrote Is This my Cousin in the FindMyPast Criminal and Prisoner Collection?

*  Worked on the four handouts for the OASIS course starting on 4 March.  Need to edit the presentations too soon, then copy the handouts next week.  Answered some email too.

*  Worked a bit in the new Family Tree Builder, imported a smaller database to test the features.

*  Wrote Speakers/Topics at Huntington Beach BASH on 2 March 2013.  

*  Watched the DearMYRTLE Hangout about Evidentia - looks like Ed has fixed it well.  Did a little homework research, but found nothing useful.

*  Researched and wrote Finding Pennsylvania Donation District Land Maps after realizing I couldn't recall where I found the Martin Carringer map.  Found it, and more, and then noticed the Cornelius Feather entry on the same map!

*  Went in to watch TV, read the paper, eat dinner, and do chores.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, check Facebook, and then worked in Ancestry, American Ancestors and Find A Grave adding content and sources to the database.  Through the Cla surnames.  Added 80 sources, got FAG down to 498 to confirm or reject.

*  Added to the Best Of post and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My genealogy day - 20 February 2013

10 more days until the BASH, 12 days to start of OASIS class, 4 weeks to RootsTech.  I guess I'm ready!

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 244: Richmond Sisters and Their Daughters.  Wrote Mining Cornelius Feather's Probate Records for Genealogy Nuggets and set it for later.

*  Packed up the laptop and projector, and went to Mcdonalds for lunch, then the bank and then the library for the CVGS Computer Group.  Glad I brought the projector because Susi needed it for Saturday.

*  Home by 2 p.m. to read, then wrote Vote NOW in the About Genealogy Readers Choice Awards 2013.

*  Worked in the Sawtell family trying to flesh out the families from census, FAG and AA databases.  Added some folks, added some dates too.  I need to do more of this focussed research on one family now that so much is online.

*  Went in at 5 to watch TV news, read the paper, take a nap, eat dinner, put out the trash and wash dishes.  

*  Online after 7 p.m. to read, answer some email, added to the Best of post, then worked in Ancestry and AA adding content and sources, and then in Find A Grave matches on MyHeritage.  Down to 511 to confirm.  Added 80 sources today.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My genealogy day - 19 February 2013

It was another stay at home day, and I got some things finished, or nearly so.

*  After reading email and blogs, wrote Technology Tuesday - 5 to 50 Gb Free at

*  Worked on my presentation for several hours, it's done, I think - will give it next at Huntington beach on 2 March.  Found some bad links in presentation, also in syllabus already sent...oh well.

*  Worked some on the research forms - updated them and reorganized them a bit.  

*  Could think of nothing else to write, so posted Amanuensis Tuesday - Proof of Contract of Sale of Real Estate in Cornelius Feather Probate File.

*  Answered some email, checked Facebook and Google Plus, and added to the Best Of post.  

*  Worked in New Jersey probates on FamilySearch looking for Knapp and Able/Auble probate records.  Found some, but they only have Inventories and Wills, not Letters or Minutes.  Drat.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner and read the paper.

*  Online again at 7 p.m. to read, then worked in database getting the Clarks in order.  spent an hour trying to find which Harding Mary W. Clark married in Chatham MA.  Never figured it out.

*  Read, then wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My genealogy day - 18 February 2013

Four more weeks before we go to Salt Lake City!!!  Linda can hardly wait ... I need more time.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Amanuensis Monday - Petition for Writ of Partition of Cornelius Feather's Estate.

*  Tuned in at 9 a.m. to DearMYRTLE's Mondays with Myrt webinar and enjoyed the talk and demonstrations of Google Plus, Reader and other features.  Still not able to make folders in Reader!

*  Watched the Karen Clifford webinar on pre-1850 research on Legacy Family Tree.  Excellent presentation - not what I expected!  

*  Wrote Dear Randy - Do You Have a Check List to Track A Person's Information? and then printed off more CVGS SOPs.

*  Left at 1:40 p.m. for John's for the CVGS SOP meeting.  Good food, good conversation, good work done.

*  Home by 4:30 p.m. to post What are the Must-Have Resources for Genealogists?

*  Went in for dinner at 5:15 p.m., watched news, read the paper, etc.

*  Back online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, answer some email, then worked in the database using Ancestry and American Ancestors and Find A Grave to add content and sources.  Added about 80 sources today.

*  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My genealogy day - 17 February 2013

This was a pretty full genealogy day, and I even got some research accomplished!

*  After reading emails and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 February 2013 post.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., talked to John about things.

*  Home at 11:30 a.m. to read, then started transcribing the four probate records found yesterday for Cornelius Feather.  This was a bit of a slog, but I got them done, entered into RootsMagic and sourced, along with several other Facts.  Found an error in one of his daughters, so researched her and her family and deleted the wrong husband and kids.  Did more research into several Feather and Carringer families and added content and sources to the database.

*  Revised my two SOPs for CVGS meeting on Monday, and sent them off.  Printed all of them and put them in a folder.  I think I did that before, but can't find it!

*  In for dinner at 5:15 p.m., watched TV news and read the paper.  

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, check Facebook, write SNGF Genealogy OCD Posts Compendium and then worked in Find A Grave record matches on MyHeritage.  Got 31 more confirmed, 528 to go!  Added about 80 sources too.

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

Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My genealogy day - 16 February 2013

Two weeks until the Huntington Beach BASH, guess I'd better polish up my presentations.

This was a pretty typical 3rd Saturday in the genealogy cave...and outside too.

*  Read email and blogs, then noted that Surname Saturday - PIERCE (England > Massachusetts) posted.  

*  Left at 8:15 a.m. for the CGSSD meeting with Barbara Renick giving two talks.  Both good.

*  Home by 12:30 p.m. to eat lunch, noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Signs You Have GOCD posted.

*  Answered some email, including two CVGS queries.  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and corrected some entries in the database for the Vaux family.  

*  Recalled that I hadn't looked for probate records of Cornelius Feather, so went into FamilySearch and found all of the papers.  Captured them, renamed them, will have to abstract them.  One gives his death date, and one lists all of his children and some grandchildren.  This cements the relationship of my Henry Carringer to Sarah Feather, and names the grandchildren.  

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

*  Online again at 6:45 p.m. to read, answer more email, sort out some CVGS membership issues, then worked in Ancestry and American Ancestors adding content and sources.  Down past Clapp in the database now.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Friday, February 15, 2013

My genealogy day - 15 February 2013

I stayed home again today and worked on genealogy quite a bit.

*  After reading email and blogs, wrote Follow Up Friday - This Week's Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments.  

*  Wrote CVGS Newsletter for February 2013 is Available and February 2013 Research Group Summary and one more post on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog.

*  Wrote my article for the SDGS Newsletter.

*  After lunch, answered some email, checked Facebook, and added to the Best Of post.  Wrote What's New at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society and then Five Weeks Until RootsTech 2013 - Early Bird Registration Extended!!

*  Finally able to watch Myrt's Hangouts on the Evidentia analysis.

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

*  Online at 6:45 p.m. to write the two Saturday posts, then do some online research on one of the families (turned out I had a duplicate person...already had the family as a second set of parents).  Worked in Find A Grave matches on MyHeritage - confirmed 33, and added over 60 source citations for events.

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

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My genealogy day - 14 February 2013

It was Valentine's Day, so genealogy was interrupted several times during the day...

*  After reading email and blogs, I posted For Valentine's Day, Let's Do Some Censuswhacking...

*  Went off at 9:30 a.m. for Costco to buy red roses.  They finally opened at 9:50 and there were no red roses.  All other colors...drat.  Empty-handed.  Stopped at Von's on the way home and found lots of red roses.  Bought a dozen for $20.

*  Home by 10:15 a.m. to read, missed Christy's phone call, finally got it awhile later.  As a result, posted Great Deal on Legacy Family Tree 2013 Cruise - Reserve by Friday, 15 February.  

*  Added the Samuel Vaux items to the to-do list, then signed up on Find A Grave and requested gravestone photos.  

*  Answered some emails, added material to my blog Pages, edited the list of traditional and online resources for Sam, and sent it off.  

*  Worked in FamilySearch Family Tree adding records to My source box then attaching them to the right person, and tagging some of them to Facts.  Found 1855 and 1865 Mass. state census records for Edward Hildreth doing this.  Need to look for Seaver and other surnames in Mass. in these years.

*  Worked in FTM 2012 for awhile making a photo pedigree chart.  Wrote Making a Photo Tree in Family Tree Maker 2012.

*  We left at 4:15 p.m. for Outback for dinner.  They don't take reservations, so we waited 45 minutes, and service was slow.  

*  Home at 6:45 p.m. to tuck Linda in, exchange V-day cards, and then went online to read, check Facebook and Google+.

*  Worked in Ancestry and American Ancestors for the C names from Cheney to Childs.  Added some content and sources.  

*  Added to the Best Of post, read the new IDG magazine (well done!), and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My genealogy day - 13 February 2013

This was another full genealogy day - and I got some things accomplished.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 243: Christmas Dinner, 1967 and CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 16 February Features Barbara Renick and set it for later.

*  Prepped the laptop bag, and left at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, then to the library for CVGS Research Group.  Got new laptop and projector set up, piece of cake, and the tablet hot spot worked well in the auditorium.  

*  Hosted research group from 12 to 2, then stopped at the drug store for a V-day card, and home by 2:30 p.m.

*  Read, then wrote Happy to Finally Have Some AncestryDNA Hints.  Answered some Ancestry messages.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news, woke Linda up from nap at 6 for dinner, and put out the trash.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to answer email, then add to Vaux to-do list and do some research to see if records exist in Cloud County, Kansas.  They do, but access may be a challenge.  Some not on FHL microfilm.

*  Worked on Find a Grave record matches on MyHeritage - got 23 more done, down to 592 to reject/confirm now.  Probably another 6-8 weeks of pecking away at this.  I'm finding I have many of the matches already in the program and sourced.  Added about 70 sources tonight.

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

Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My genealogy day - 12 February 2013

This was a pretty full genealogy day, except for the two interruptions...

*  After reading email and blogs, wrote Tombstone Tuesday - Samuel and Mary Ann Vaux.  Added my nominations and then wrote Nominations Open for Genealogy Readers Choice Awards.  

*  Edited my Jane's Roots presentation for the BASH, then worked a bit on the Ancestry presentation, which needs new graphics; gotta get these down to 50 deleted some of the time-waster slides.  

*  After lunch, went off at 12:30 p.m. to the hygienist.  Home by 2:15 p.m.

*  Discussed Evidentia a bit in DearMyrtle's community, after commenting on one of Russ's blog posts about the report.  Added my Talks to the site - for some reason they didn't load yesterday.  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, answered some email, and finally wrote New Record Collections since 1 January 2013.

*  Went in to read the paper, watch TV, eat dinner, watch the SOTU, and wash dishes.  

*  Online at 7:45 p.m. to read, more comment on Evidentia, then worked in Find A Grave matches on MyHeritage.  Got down to 616 to confirm/reject.  Added about 80 sources today.

Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Monday, February 11, 2013

My non-genealogy days - 9-11 February 2013

Well, I guess today was a semi-genealogy day, but it didn't feel like it!

1)  Saturday, 9 February:

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - SHEPARD (England > Massachusetts) posted.

*  Had to stay home until after 10 a.m. with the girls until Linda came home, then off to the 10 a.m. SDGS meeting to hear Gena Ortega's two talks.  Home by 1 p.m.

*  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Valentine's Day! posted.  Got laptop setup for the girls in the dining room, they took a nap, and I took a nap.

*  Watched and played with the girls in late afternoon and evening.  I did more on the CVGS newsletter.  They stayed up late, finally to sleep at 11 p.m.  I read on computer, got the Best Of post ready to go.  No research.

Genealogy this day was maybe 5.0 hours.

2)  Sunday, 10 February:

*  Read email and blogs, got the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 3 to 9 February 2013 post finished.

*  Off to church at 9:30 a.m., Lauren and I home by 11:30, Linda and Audrey went shopping and got home at 1 p.m.  Lauren and I had lunch, she played on the laptop, I worked online reading, and worked on the CVGS newsletter - almost finished.  

*  Did no real research today...but read a lot, and kept the girls in line.  They were asleep by 10 p.m.

Genealogy today was maybe 5.0 hours.

3)  Monday, 11 February:

*  The girls slept in, so I had the email and blogs read and Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records of Matthew Wing (1674-1724) of Dartmouth, Mass. written by 8:30 a.m.

*  Listened off and on to DearMYRTLE's webinar from 9 to 10:30, while keeping two laptops running in separate rooms.  That worked pretty well!  Got the girls packed up, tried to find everything they brought.  They watched TV too, and I read quite a bit online.

*  Researched and wrote Creating the Land Record Source Citation in RootsMagic 6 after lunch, and Tami came at 1 p.m. just as we were starting scootering on the sidewalk.  The girls were really happy to see their mom.  They left at 2 p.m. for home.

*  Finished up the CVGS Newsletter, printed a master copy and the revised mailing list, and got to the UPS Store at 3 p.m., and home at 3:30 p.m.  Done!  Emailed it to the email list.

*  Answered some emails, and wrote Review: Legacy QuickGuide on Using Historical Newspapers for Genealogy Research.

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

*  Online again at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and found some Dyar memorials on Find A Grave, so added those.  Got started in Ancestry with Chat* names, and got mostly through the Cheney names.  Added data and sources using VR books, AmericanAncestors, and Ancestry searches.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  

Genealogy today was about 9.0 hours

RootsMagic database stats (last list on 31 January):

*  People = 41,483 (41,478)
*  Families = 16,541 (16,537)
*  Events = 118,739 (118,393)
*  Places = 6,166 (6,129)
*  Sources = 852 (847)
*  Citations =  37,279 (36,832)
*  To-do tasks = 74 
*  Multi-media items = 383 (373)
*  Multi-media links = 1,224 (1,204)

Friday, February 8, 2013

My non-genealogy days - 7 and 8 February 2013

Our daily routine changed a bit on Thursday - we went and brought the grandgirls home with us in the evening.

1)  Thursday, 7 February:

*  After reading email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - 1885 Nebraska State Census Record for D J Smith Family.

*  Worked on the Erie County Land Records for James and Samuel Vaux some more - got a sentence put together for the Deed Fact, then added Deed Facts, sources, notes and media for them.

*  Wrote Entering Deed Information into RootsMagic 6 to try to document how I did the above.  Worked more in the database on land records, media, etc.

*  Tami called at 3 p.m. saying she was at the ER and needed us to come get the girls so that they could deal with her problem.  We left at 5 p.m. and got to HB at 7, left there at 7:30 and were home by 9 p.m.  Got email from Tami at 9 saying things were better, she was going to be discharged, and exhausted.  

*  Got girls down easily, and read, but didn't do any research or journal.

Genealogy this day was 6.5 hours at most.

2)  Friday, 8 February:

*  Got the girls fed, entertained and dressed, and was able to read email and blogs while they watched TV and played.  Set up the old laptop in the bedroom so they could play games and watch Disney videos on it.

*  Wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments in between grandgirl crises.  It didn't help that it was cold and windy and rainy all day.  

*  Wrote 'Tis a Mystery - What do these numbers mean? and Congratulations, Dona Ritchie! You're the Winner while negotiating peace amongst grandgirls often.

*  Searched Find A Grave on a whim, and Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux were listed - added on 1 September 2012.  They're buried in Concordia, Cloud, Kansas.  The entry has birth and death dates, neither of which I had exactly.  No other information, but now that I know more, I can pursue obituaries and probate records.  A nice find for the day!

*  Went searching for more info on the Woodward children, and found that Orpha did not marry Needham - another Orpha did.  Deleted the Needhams!  Now I don't have a spouse for her.  spent time in the 1900-1940 census looking for an Orpha and an Ada that matched what I knew and found nothing.  They must have passed away between 1900 and 1910.  I wonder if there are burial records?  Not on Find A Grave yet.

*  Took the girls out to ride scooters at 4 p.m., and after 10 minutes it started raining again.  They were cold anyway.  

*  We left at 5 p.m. for dinner at El Pollo Loco.  Home by 6:30 p.m. to have dessert (the girls love my chocolate Dove bars - a big treat!), get them bathed and jammied, then read to.  Both went to bed easily, but Audrey was up and I finally had to lie down with her for 30 minutes.

  *  She was asleep by 9:45, so was able to read, add to the Best Of post and write this post.

Genealogy today was about 7.0 hours.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My genealogy day - 6 February 2013

The days are just rolling by - it's 3 weeks until the BASH, and 6 weeks to RootsTech!

*  Read email and blogs, wrote (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 242: My First Airplane Flight and then SDGS Program is 9 February: Gena Philibert Ortega.

*  Did more work in GenealogyBank, answered some emails, printed off the CVGS papers, and the computer slowed way down, and took awhile to reboot.  

*  Gathered papers and off to the pharmacy, McDonalds for lunch, the bank for money, and the library for the CVGS Board meeting.

*  Had to do meeting in the auditorium...AARP using the Conference Room for taxes.  We made do.  

*  Home by 3 p.m. to read then wrote GenealogyBank Shows Off New Features.  I really like the new search and result and paper image changes.  Checked Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus...finally went in at 5 p.m.  Put out the trash, read the paper, watched TV news, ate dinner and washed the dishes.

*  Online after 6:30 p.m. to read, then work on the next CVGS Newsletter.  About 30% done, now waiting for input.  

*  Worked in Ancestry and AmericanAncestors adding content and sources, then in Find A Grave record matches - added about 60 sources tonight.

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My genealogy day - 5 February 2013

It was another stay-at-home genealogy day - cool and cloudy today, high was only 58F here.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - Look for Recent Obituaries in Google, Tributes and Legacy and then worked on and posted Finding Plat Maps for the James Vaux Land Holdings.

*  Worked on and finished the two CVGS surveys, made them PDFs and sent them to the CVGS Board members.  

*  Watched Crista's latest livestream on being a professional researcher using Ancestry.  some good tips there.  

*  Answered some email, wrote 2013 Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Announced and then Making a Photo Tree in RootsMagic 6.  Noted that Program Review - "Creating Your Life's Story" posted on the CVGS blog.

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

*  Back online at 7 p.m. to read, check Facebook, add to the Best Of post, then worked in the database adding content and sources.  Now down to the Chat surnames.  A long way to go!  Found an adoption that nobody else has found, I think!  Wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Monday, February 4, 2013

My genealogy day - 4 February 2013

This was a full genealogy day...some research, some blogging, some webinaring, some society work, some data entry/sourcing.

*  After reading email and blogs, wrote Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records of Jonathan Oatley (1689-1755).  

*  Listened to Mondays with Myrt until 10:40 a.m.  Lots about Evidentia.  Read Susan's slideshare presentation on Tablets in Genealogy also.

*  Posted CVGS Seminar on Saturday, 30 March: CeCe Moore on "Do Your Genes Fit? Discover Your DNA."  Worked on Putting the Land Records Together for James Vaux (1787-1839) and set it for afternoon.

*  Printed off the SOPs for the CVGS Bylaws meeting, and went off at 1:45 p.m. to John's house. Great food...and we got quite a bit done.

*  Home by 4:15 p.m. to read, then abstracted all of the James Vaux deeds in Notes for James.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to eat dinner, watch TV, read the paper, and do the dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then finished up the CVGS survey results.  Worked in Find A Grave matches on MyHeritage - got 32 confirmed, down to 645 pending!  Added about 70 source citations too.

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

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My genealogy day - 3 February 2013

This was not much of a genealogy day...but it was Super Bowl Sunday!

*  After reading emails and blogs, I finished up and set Best of the Genea-Blogs - 27 January to 2 February 2013 to post after noon.

*  We left for church at 9:30 a.m., and I got home at 12 noon.  Read a bit, then went in to watch 8 horus of Super Bowl TV.

*  Got the paper read, and a short nap, and then the NGS Newsmagazine, before the game.  Ravens won 34-31, but it was close in the second half and one of the better games.

*  Online at 8:30 p.m. to read, start the next Best Of post, and work in Find A Grave matches on MyHeritage.  Got 13 more confirmed, but added about 90 sources because I found some VR sources for some of the people.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote thisp ost.  Genealogy today was 3.0 hours at most.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

My genealogy day - 2 February 2013

It was not a normal genealogy Saturday - I stayed home (mostly) and did genealogy things.

*  After reading email and some blogs, I went off to breakfast at Jimmy's for the church men's group Bible study.

*  Home by 9:45 a.m., finished reading, noted that Surname Saturday - WIGHT (England > Medfield, Mass.) posted, and wrote Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Super Bowl! and set it for later.

*  Worked on the two Standard Operating Procedures for the CVGS Newsletter Editor and Research/Queries Chair positions on the Board.  

*  Found the rest of the Vaux and Underhill deeds in Erie County NY (before 1859), captured the index entries and the deed records, renamed them, and added them to the research log.  

*  Checked Facebook, watched DearMYRTLE's hangout on Evidentia, and went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, read the paper, and eat dinner.

*  Online again at 6:45 p.m. to read, check Facebook, then worked in the database adding content and sources - now through the Chan* surnames.  Did 23 Find-A-Grave entries in MyHeritage Record Matches, which added over 50 sources to the database.

*  Added to the Best Of post and wrote this post.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Friday, February 1, 2013

My genealogy day - 1 February 2013

One month down for 2013, 11 to go.  This month is not too busy, but March will be a bear!

*  After reading email and blogs, wrote Follow-Up Friday - Helpful and Interesting Reader Comments.  Wrote Review: Legacy QuickGuide on Ontario Genealogy and set it for early afternoon.

*  Wrote CVGS Workshop - Saturday, 2 February, 12 noonGenealogy Days in Chula Vista - February 2013 and one more post on the CVGS blog.

*  Worked on the CVGS member survey tabulation some more - almost done now.  Still need to do two SOPs and type up the program survey.  Answered email.

*  Wrote Dear Randy: What Record Collection Would You Like To Have Indexed?  Checked Facebook.

*  Went in to watch TV, take a nap, eat dinner and do chores before getting online again at 7 p.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, wrote the Surname Saturday post, then did some random searching for folks in the database - added some content and sources.  Got wrapped up in several families and found records in CT, MA and RI.  Never got to the Find A Grave record matches!

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.