Productivity update 13 August

I can’t remember what number I’m up to, so I’m going by date.

I’ve also decided that I don’t have to do this every night – just when I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything much today.

I spent a lot of today out at the State Records NSW Reading Room at Kingswood searching for Conditional Purchase correspondence. I found two sets and started on a third.

Conditional Purchases were a method in the early years of the Colony to get settlers out into the country. They could choose to buy land, before it was surveyed, and pay it off on the condition that they lived on the land and improved it. Once they’d paid for it and inspections showed they met the conditions, the title deed was issued.

The correspondence covers the initial application form, requests for survey, declarations of the purchaser, transfers, and all manner of other documents. Earlier documents were pulled from where they had been filed and filed with later correspondence, and you have to find the register to know whether this happened, so finding where the correspondence is actually stored involves a chain of links from one register to the next. It takes time, patience, and accuracy.

So I can be pleased with what I achieved today!

Tomorrow I’m going to start writing my Diploma essay. I’m also going to finish editing the article for Descent (the journal of the Society of Australian Genealogists) and process what I found today.

Productivity Update 4

Bad day today, recovering from a relapse of the flu or something.

I did manage to:

  1. Catalogue the books I bought on the weekend, and reorganise my catalogue in general
  2. Start a new method of collecting information about places and history in TMG
  3. Do the washing
  4. Have a play with the SAG website by instaling Joomla on my website (this one) and copying the template into it. I still don’t know how to export the content and import it into the new one, so I have something to play with.

Tomorrow, I’m going to:

  1. Process the research I did last week
  2. Prepare the next steps for that research
  3. Do some client research

See, it does work. I don’t feel so much that this day was a complete waste of a day as I did before, and I can be less hard on myself.

Productivity update – not!

I’ve been away for a few days, so there’s been no productivity update because there’s been no productivity!

It was a social and educational weekend devoted to the history of the Irish in Australia, so it was productive in a way, but everything is still waiting for me now that I’m back.

Tomorrow I’ll get back into it.