October 20, 2009 was a wonderful productive genealogy day for me. Life had me stuck in a rut! My elusive ancestors had me stuck in a rut. My attempts at developing a genealogy web site had me stuck. I was feeling just stuck. I felt attempts to do "what was considered necessary but difficult" was going to waste time and become frustrating. So I turned my back (literally) to those issues and began to focus on other genealogy tasks.
I worked a good 2 hours on photoshop and established several thumb size "face only" shots to add to my tree. I see this used on many trees. I like the conformity and neatness of this way of introducing physical characteristics of my ancestors. Extracting and enhancing faces out of group pictures. I will also publish the group pictures else where. I was hoping to demonstrate what I wanted so while Bill is here he would help me with this photoshop project. But lo and behold I received a correspondence from a Messesmith link, and he said he enjoyed cleaning up old photos and asked me to share. He indicated if I would send my Messesmith photos (that I admitted to be of poor quality) he would fix them and return share photos with me!!! WOW, my Messesmith lineage grows leaps and bounds!!!
I then revisited my Dearman lineage and followed my grandmothers instructions to a "T". Seeing other Dearman genealogist lineage I discovered how and why they made some assumptions regarding Solomon, son of Thomas, and Anne, daughter of Jonathan. I then posted my grandmothers notes and indicated this as my resource. I also mentioned the chart matches the book ---the D'Armonds of America and several other sources.
I added reasons for death to the Dearmans and then proceded to back it all up. From Ancestory.com to My Heritage to RootsMagic 4 and Rootsmagic TO GO. Then I had fun in RootsMagic writing several reports. Trying out the bells and whistles of the program. Although I print problem reports as a finish to my work monthly, yesterday I printed a timeline chart. This helped me trouble shoot my data a lot more efficiently and effectively. I became so engrossed with the program that I am going to office supply store today so I can print these reports . My shopping list includes acid free paper, more printer ink, and an automatic 3 hole punch.
My brother suggested I write a book. But because there is soooooo much going soooo many places --- I explained writing a book adding everything kind of did not make sense to me. The book would be just boggled, confusing and a collection of unrelated data. Hee hee so my brother approached me later and said if one book was not sensible maybe a series of books was the solution.
So I stayed away from my frustrating "brickwalls" ignored my huge "BLACKHOLES" and had fun with genealogy yesterday for the first time in a while.