My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Follow Friday -- My Free Hour, Genealogy Related Of Course

In yesterday's edition of USA Today, there was a small article about how people are going to use their gained hour this weekend. In their survey of 1,000 people, the top replies were sleep, followed by chores (say what?), read, and a lot didn't know or didn't answer.  Obviously, they didn't ask genealogists. We always have better things to do than chores.


So, in thinking about this, I decided to list the many possibilities I can do with my hour. Actually, I would like to pretend my hour begins tomorrow, Saturday. If you are spending your day, like me, you could either be at a library or conference, which is not open or taking place on Sunday. Doesn't it make sense to use your hour then, on Saturday. Can't the New England Historic and Genealogical Library (NEHGS) stay open one extra hour for me? I could even give them two extra hours on Sunday in exchange.


In reality, that isn't going to happen. So, I've decided to make another list, this being my options of possibilities for Sunday. As yet, I don't know when I'll take my hour, but I have a feeling it will be a lot more than 60 minutes.


Using Find and Replace on my genealogy software, I will change all state abbreviations to the name  spelled out. I hate it when people think CA means California, wow, to me it means Canada. So both will be corrected.


Write several blogs, not for next week or the week after, but for the last weeks in December. Then I can relax a bit and enjoy the season, worry-less about posting at that time. It will probably be some cemetery photos or a listing of surnames, but still, the work will be done. It could even be my Looking Back post for the month, but in reality, all I can do is just the title and date. How am I supposed to know what is going to happen in December? If you know, please let me know.


I could continue checking and possibly checking my links, that is a big job, and I'm only a 1/5 of the way through.


Reading blogs is something I enjoy, maybe I'll make a few additional comments especially to the newer bloggers.


If any of you have similar genealogy related plans for your hour, please post to the comment section. I think we all could use some good ideas.







7 comments:

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

Every extra hour I get is spent on genealogy somehow. I get a lot of extra hours because I often have insomnia. I used to lay in bed and hope I'd go back to sleep. Now as soon as I realize that's probably not going to happen for a few hours, I happily get up and do research or catch up on some blog reading. One hour isn't much..but I'm sure I can put it to good use.

TCasteel said...

Chores..chores?? nah - so many other things I like to do...
Unfortunaly the little elves haven't shown up to help me yet!

Susan Petersen said...

Excellent, EXCELLENT post, Barb! I find people still abbreviating Nebraska as NB and then it shows up on Ancestry as New Brunswick!

lindalee said...

I applaud your industriousness...I will probably use my extra hour to sleep or rest before going to work.

Nolichucky Roots said...

What a lovely thought! Though given my ability to fritter time away I suspect that hour will be spent thinking of ways to spend it...

Michelle Goodrum said...

Here in Arizona we never change our clocks so I won't be getting an extra hour. If I did, I think I'd pull myself out of the Archival Closet and go for a nice hike in our beautiful fall weather.

I do like your idea of creating posts for the end of December though. Have to put some thought into that one...

Carol said...

I can now report that I spent that hour cuddled up on the couch with the yorks, mmmmm, taking a nap.

Doesn't that sound better than I spent it chasing down ancestors who chose to remain in hiding, and sending me into a state of cranky frustration?? Yea, I think so too! LOL

BTW, I did both of those yesterday, the hour with the yorks was more enjoyable and peaceful!