For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:
1) Tell us about your "genealogy life." How much genealogy and family history work do you do, on average, each week? What tasks do you routinely perform every day, every month, every year?
2) Share your genealogy life in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or google+.
Overall, I spend 50 to 60 hours a week on some aspect of genealogy. A typical day (without society, speaking, teaching, or creating presentations) consists of:
* Reading content from over 1,400 genealogy blogs (perhaps 400 each day on average) in several sessions (today it was four sessions) using Feedly (on the website, or mobile devices). I select some and put them in the Best of the Genea-Blogs post which I publish on Sunday. This is about 2 hours a day.
* Write two to four blog posts - at least one is a daily theme post ( e.g., Amanuensis Monday, Tuesday's Tip, Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, 52 Ancestors Friday, Surname Saturday, SNGF, Best of the Genea-Blogs, etc.), and some are Dear Randy questions, my own research progress, testing genealogy software and websites, plus selected press releases. This is about 2 to three hours a day.
* Doing research - finding records using Ancestry Hints, MyHeritage Record Matches, FamilySearch Record Hints, or searching record databases. I enter the content and sources to my RootsMagic database. This can be from one to four hours each day, depending on other tasks and time available.
* Matching my RootsMagic people to FamilySearch Family Tree people and standardizing the FSFT dates, and places several times a week. I often find new information and try to check it out in records and add the new information to my RootsMagic databases.
* Social media is daily on Twitter and Facebook, but only occasionally on Pinterest. I try to limit social media to 30 minutes a day but often fail. This is 5 to 10 hours a week.
* Watching webinars once or twice a week and or participating in Hangouts once or twice a week is usual. This is two to three hours a week.
Weekly or monthly tasks include:
* I am a board member for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and attend the board meeting, lead the Research Group meeting, usually attend the Computer Group meeting, and attend the Program meeting each month, and occasionally attend the Saturday Workshop. I edit the monthly newsletter and the society blog (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com). This averages out to 15 to 20 hours a month.
* I attend the SDGS program meeting each month and usually write the review article for the SDGS newsletter. This averages out to 3 to 4 hours a month.
* Creating or editing existing presentations and handouts for genealogical societies or libraries or the OASIS class. I typically give one presentation each month on average. This work takes about ten to twenty hours a month on average.
* I teach the RootsMagic class for SDGS once a month when I can at the San Diego FamilySearch Library. Sometimes I take the opportunity to do some research there.
* We attend RootsTech in February and Jamboree in June, and occasionally the NGS and FGS conferences. I go to at least one and sometimes two all-day seminars. We also take weeklong genealogy cruises occasionally. These are over and above the daily or weekly hours.
That's pretty much my genealogy life!
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