Where, Oh Where, Has My Genealogy Time Gone?

This has been another one of those crazy-busy weeks that included little, if any, time for genealogy. This continues to disappoint and frustrate me, week after week, but there’s just not much I can do about it at the moment. Other commitments are keeping me buzzing!

So what did this week entail? Here’s a small sampling:

  • Published a 16-page newsletter for an organization.
  • Published a 4-page newsletter for another organization.
  • Proofed a 26-page newsletter for yet another organization.
  • Daily updates for a national web site.
  • Worked on plans for an upcoming conference.
  • Developed a new web site (not finished)
  • Answered a zillion emails
  • Oh, and homeschooled my daughter and took care of my family!

And… today I’m leaving for a conference! 2 weeks ago, I attended the northern California version of the DAR Fall Council meetings, and this weekend we’ll do it all over again in the south. If any of you will be at the meeting in Irvine, I hope you will stop by the C.A.R. table and say hello!

Please tune in next week, as I’ll be giving away 2 tickets to the California Family History Expo. I’ll give you a hint: start thinking about how to share genealogy with kids. But shhhhh! Don’t say anything here yet! Details will be available next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. I certainly understand that. I feel that I’ve lost my connection with my genealogy blog friends, with life’s routines being a bit off. Time to reconnect and get back into genealogy here.

    Enjoy the conference!

  2. I can relate. However, my lament is more like “Where has my year gone?” Already my sisters are telling me that I’m the designated “pack mule” for Christmas shopping on Black Friday and that’s still two months away! So, now I’m trying to figure out if my time problem is caused by increasing responsibilities or by increasing age!

  3. Wendy & Steve – I’m relieved to know that it’s not just me, but sorry to hear that it’s going around (whatever “it” is). I think probably increasing responsibilities and age are both to blame, as are lack of energy and poor time-management (for me). I’ve been so exhausted for the past few months that I fall asleep shortly after my daughter goes to bed at 8:00 pm!

    I hope we all can get back on the genealogy track soon!

  4. Your attitude and patting yourself on the back as a Daughter of the American Revolution is what gives our organizations such a bad taste in people’s mouths. The NSDAR is an organization that is sometimes tough to met the demands of. Focus on your work, and less on who your think you are in the DAR. Nobody else cares.

  5. Dear Anonymous,

    It is usually not my policy to publish anonymous comments, since 9.9 times out of 10 they are nothing but spam. However, I am fairly certain that I know who wrote the above anonymous comment, so I decided to let it go through. For what it’s worth, I believe it is cowardly to write a negative comment, and then hide behind the name “Anonymous”… but maybe that’s just me. If I’m going to call someone out, I’ll use my name to do it.

    Contrary to what you may believe, I don’t think I am “anyone” in the DAR. I just happen to be someone who believes in what the DAR stands for – particularly in the areas of genealogy, youth programs, and service to our veterans and military – and I’m not afraid to say it. I am especially proud of the work our C.A.R. kids do, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with so many outstanding, dedicated, hard-working young people.

    If all this leaves a bad taste in your mouth, then I encourage you to NOT read these posts.

    And thank you for your comment. It certainly didn’t make my day, but then… everyone is entitled to her/his opinion, even Anonymous.


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