Once again we’ve made our way around to Saturday and I have found myself with a few free minutes. Time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at Genea-Musings! Our mission is to:
1) We all know that Blogger (www.blogspot.com) was down for 20 hours from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning. What did you do with yourself during that time period?
2) If we lost our blogging platforms for awhile (but not the Internet as a whole), what would you do with your genealogy time? What projects would you start, continue working on, or try to finish instead of blogging?
During that time period I was mostly thankful that I use WordPress instead of Blogger! And, even if I used Blogger, it wouldn’t have impacted me that much since I was at work or asleep for much of that particular 20 hour period.
I don’t get much time to blog at the best of times. Two very small children, an almost full-time job, and a house mean my “free time” is at a bit of a premium. If I was unable to access my blog for any period of time, I have plenty of other things to keep me busy.
In the realm of genealogy, I would primarily continue to do work on my various family branches. Since my blog is mostly intended to be a respository for my ancestors’ biographies, there is no end of research required to gather the necessary facts to write them. Due to time constraints, these days I am mostly concentrating on hunting down the low-hanging fruit found in census and birth-marriage-death records. There’s always something to search for or input into my tree.
I have also recently started keying records for Ancestry’s World Archives Project. By the evening – which is when I usually have my genealogy time – I’m often too tired to “think”. I find keying records doesn’t require as much analytical thought as research but gives me the feeling I’m doing something genealogically related.
Finally, I would continue with the organization of all my genealogy information. My paper-based records have an overarching organization to them thanks to a course I took some years ago. Not everything I have collected since then has actually been filed, though. I would also work on more consistent organization of my digital files.