Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 3 of the GeneaBloggers Games

This has been a rough day of competition for Humble Researcher. Every single point had to be fought for.

Added 3 new source citations (Challenge 1)

In the My Maps application, I created a Google Maps depiction of the two locations where William Spencer Moore is known to have lived during his lifetime. This took a lot of trial and error; you can read about it on my post, which has been preposted and should appear on the blog tomorrow. (It’s scheduled for 7:56 a.m. tomorrow – we’ll see.) (Task A for Challenge 4)

Created 20 data entries (this was actually done by Day 2, but I didn’t realize that it was one of the tasks) (Task E for Challenge 3)

Stored 22 hard-copy documents in proper places (Task A for Challenge 3)

Checked out the Ancestry tutorial page, but I had already watched most of the tutorials, so I tried the Articles Repository on Family Search. I took some notes on some microfilmed items to order from FHC for South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Could not download pdf’s of Research Guides for the various states after I downloaded one for Tennessee, so I switched to Rootsweb, then selected the RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees, and chose the City Directories and Newsletters page. This provides a helpful list of some of the main repositories of directories (central ones such as DAR and the Library of Congress here in the Washington, D.C. area) and major newspaper collections listed by state. (Task D for Challenge 4)

Some real organizational weak points were revealed today: organization of photographs definitely needs a lot of work and I need to have a systematic way of handling paper copies of maps.

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