Personal Research

Weekly Wrap-up: Dec. 13-19, 2020

It was a very casual week here; enjoying the cooler temperature (cooler for Southern California, anyway) and listening to a lot of podcasts.

This Week (Dec. 13-19)

1. Continued to manually add in relatives to MacFamilyTree. Currently at 151/186 people (+76 from last week).
I ended up doing a little research while copying over info and so more people were added to the tree overall (last week was at 150-something total). Most of my direct ancestors had huge families, like 8-10 kids, so it very quickly adds up.

My workflow for MFT is starting to really (ha) work for me, and I’m glad I purchased it a few months ago. I really enjoy working with it, and I think it’s making my research much more organized than before. I’ll write a blog post about my workflow once I finish the nitty-gritty data entry parts.

2. Attended 2 webinars and wrote blog posts of my experience.
12/15/20: From the 18th to the 21st: The Records of Prohibition
12/17/20: Tips for Interviewing Relatives

Originally I had a conflict on the 15th– two webinars at the same time– but one of them ended up being canceled, so it worked out after all.

3. Bought a 6 month subscription.
My free trial ran out and since I’m actively adding people to my tree/researching, I couldn’t wait for another free trial to come around. I use newspapers a LOT in my research, so it’s handy to have them available at a moment’s notice. Because I have an active Ancestry subscription, the sub was discounted.

4. Wrote a transcript of Grant Mitchell’s 1920 obituary.
Written as part of GeneaBloggers‘ Amanuensis Monday prompt.

5. Joined Users Group Facebook group.
There’s an unsettling amount of people there who have computers infected with malware and viruses. If you don’t already have an adblocker and/or firewall set up, I highly recommend doing so ASAP. Here’s a good post from AARP about staying safe online.

Next Week (Dec. 20-26)

It’s Christmas this week, which means no live webinars to view. I may end up watching a pre-recorded one, just to keep the momentum up.

I’m also planning on just continuing to add people to my MacFamilyTree system, and hopefully get to organizing the newspaper clippings I saved ages ago.

And finally, I have another obituary transcription ready to go for tomorrow’s Amanuensis Monday post. I may also try to do another GeneaBloggers prompt this week.

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it!


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