Monday, August 11, 2008

Genea-Blogger Games Diary: Day Three

Dear Diary,

I had another night of restlessness so I put it to good use by staying up until 3:30 am CDT working on events in the Genea-Blogger Games. It was a great way to pass the time! Here's what I've done:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!

Despite my jump start before the sounding of the gun on Saturday, I was able to get 50 more - more like 122 - citations either entered or seriously corrected. Most of these were for the descendants of Charles McEntee.

With that number of citations, the Platinum medal is secured.

2. Back Up Your Data!

Although I had performed a backup to my 250GB external drive on August 1st, I took time last night to reorganize my entire genealogy folder structure. This was in conjunction with #3 below where I tagged over 200 photos and scanned images. With the new structure, and shedding many MBs of unneeded, duplicative data, I redid the backup.

So with A, B, and C completed, I can garner at least a Gold medal for this event.

3. Organize Your Research!

As stated above, and taking about two hours of my time, I redid all my Tags in Windows Vista Windows Explorer for photos of headstones, scans of obituaries and death notices, military records etc. One point of frustration is the inability to create tags for PDF documents and for RTF documents. I simply saved the RTFs as Word files in the DOC format and then was able to tag them.

With that and entering new data for McEntee descendants of Charles McEntee in my database, I have B, D and E completed for another Gold medal so far.

4. Write, Write, Write!

I finished my submission for the 4th edition of Shades of the Departed and posted it to my blog. I also participated in a new meme created by Lori Thornton at Smoky Mountain Family Historian about stores and pre-posted that item.

I am working on a biographic sketch that is not complete but I have pre-posted many of my entries for when I am away on vacation. I may also volunteer for an upcoming carnival - I am leaning towards Cabinet of Curiosities.

So with B and C complete I at least have the Silver medal.

5. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

I have joined several new blogs on Blog Networks over at Facebook most notably the Forensic Genealogy Blog run by Colleen Fitzpatrick.

In terms of what could constitute an indexing project, I added more burial records with headstone photos over at Find A Grave.

With B and E complete, this means another Silver medal.

So my standings, so far:

Go Back and Cite Your Sources - Platinum
Back Up Your Data! - Gold
Organize Your Research - Gold
Write, Write, Write! - Silver
Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness - Silver


Jasia said...

Gimme a T!
Gimme an H!
Gimme an O!
Gimme an M!
Gimme an A!
Gimme an S!
What's it spell?
Who's gonna win?


Colleen said...

I hereby give up cracking my knuckles.