Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Typical Day of Census Data Entry

Yes, it looks a bit repetitive, when I look back on my day. I get up, have breakfast and coffee, lots of coffee, strong and black; When my eyes come into focus, I check email, read blogs and slug down another cup of coffee. Then I open up RootsMagic and look at what I did the previous day, open up the file with all the census and start printing some out for data entry. I do housework, get dressed, work on census for a while. We have lunch out generally, and as DH takes his walk, I head into the craft room and take a look at ongoing projects (last week it was cards) and decide what I need for the next project.

At this point, our day takes one of two directions - either we run errands or we take naps. That depends on the night before. As many other women my age may notice, we don't always get a good night sleep. Generally we run errands. There are always errands. Sometimes these take me to a craft store to pick up stuff on my craft list. Then it is dinner time, post dinner coffee and then back to work on census. A bit of laundry is often done in between census and crafting. There is always laundry to do.

When I work on census, I never know what I am going to find. A single census page can take me into vital records, newspapers or Find-A-Grave. When I am done with census data entry and image linking for the night, I try to work on organizing what I found during the day that may aid in discovering more on a family. It's often akin to opening Pandora's box.

Yesterday's census yielded at least 5 more census for a family. Just a slight variation on the spelling and I met with success. Of course those were pre 1910 census so they had to be entered then. If I don't keep up with them, I'm afraid I'll fall behind. One has to exercise discipline to complete projects like this. Or be totally OCFRD (Obsessive Compulsive Family Research Disorder.)

208 census left and counting!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Census Project -Getting There!

Last Monday's post I stated I had 347 census records left for input and linking. Today I have 240 left. I did far more than 107 - averaging at least 2 per day of additional records added to the queue. But the important thing is that it's getting done. I've set a new deadline of February 29th to be finished with those darn things. After all, it's not like I don't have birth records and marriages to input too! And obituaries. And World War I and II draft registrations. And I think I've picked up a few death certificates too. Just in time for the 1961 Missouri Death records to be released! I worked on that project a bit this year and it was finished in just a few days.

So many records, so little time!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - George Mifflane Dallas Chinn

Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, obituary, 29 January 1911, p2.


Member of General John H. Morgan's Command Passes. Aged 66 Years.

[Special to the Herald]

CYNTHIANA, Ky., Jan. 28 - Dallas Chinn, aged 66 years, died at his home in this city at 5:30 this evening after a lingering illness. Mr. Chinn was the manager of the Cynthiana Steam Laundry. He came to this city five years ago from Harrodsburg, where he was a proprietor of a laundry in that city. He was a member of a prominent Mercer County family, a cousin of Colonel Jack Chinn, and a Confederate Veteran in Morgan's Command.

He was an enthusiastic Odd Fellow, a member of Montgomery Lodge of Odd Fellows at Harrodsburg, and a member of the Christian church. The body will be taken to Harrodsburg for burial. His wife, a son and daughter survive him, Mr. Thompson Chinn and Miss Lillie Chinn.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - Part 1 - Michael Simmet

Yes, I know it is Friday. But last Saturday, I ran the Missouri Deaths project, so this is catch up!

The following was sent to me by my cousin, Gale.

Death Notice of Michael Simmet Lancaster,Erie,New York

SIMMET In this city January 17,1909 Michael Simmet husband of the late Catherine Simmet and father of Mrs. Frank J Basher, Mrs Alden Hetherly, Mrs. William Giesswein , Frank Simmet of Middleton Mich., Michael and Charles Simmet the late Mrs.Valentine May and George Simmet; aged 83 years 3 months and 24 days. Funeral from the residence of his son Michael Simmet No. 431 Adams Street Wednesday morning at 7:30 o'clock and from St Mary's Church at Lancaster, N.Y. 9 o'clock Burial at the convenience of the family.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Too-Too Thursday

It is too-too late for me to be writing a blog. I've worked too-too long on census and crafts today. My eyes are going cross-eyed. If I complete the two census reports sitting on my desk, I'll be down to 315 left.

Anne, you say, you are really doing well on them. Well, I would say, I am struggling to keep up with the pace that I have set and that I hope to be done with them by the end of February. I am grateful for that extra day. I keep finding more census to add to the queue and that just puts me further behind. I think I'll sleep on it.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Dunham & Gardheffner

On January 18, 1910, Martha "Mattie" Dunham-Cox-Wilson married George X. Gardheffner in St. Joseph, Berrien, Michigan. Her first marriage ended with the death of her husband, Richard Cox in June of 1888. She married her second husband William Wilson in December of 1888. It's unknown whether their marriage ended in death or divorce. Then on January 18, 1910, Mattie married George Gardheffner.

Mattie was the daughter of Job & Hannah (Percival) Dunham. Her grandparents were Cullen Percival and Rachel Quigley.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Scrambling to Keep Up

Over the weekend, I was contacted by a family member that I was not previously acquainted with. Oh, I knew he existed, but that is as far as it went. He was nice enough to send me an obituary on his great-great grandfather, Michael Simmet (Zimmeth). That was really good. Of course, because I now knew the married name of one of the daughters - and her husband's name I had to go look for them in the census.  I not only found census for 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930, but I found the 1892 and 1905 New York state censuses. So yes, I added six more to the queue! What did that mean? I had to enter and link 16 censuses yesterday to keep up. I am trying to do 10 or 12 a day just to keep ahead of the game. Believe me, it barely keeps me even. So here I sit at 347 left to go, which means I have entered 230 since January 1st.

And as I sit here entering this information, I am forced to stop and look up something in my files and I think - I should scan all these old records and link them too! I am talking about all the vital records I've located in the last 25 years of research. OMG! Just the thought of that stresses me out.

Okay, back to census!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Relatives

One of the reasons that I blog is to get my surnames out in the blogosphere. People new to family research will eventually stumble upon my blog and hopefully get in touch with me.

I've been lucky enough to have that happen twice in the last two weeks. The most recent one is connected to my Zimmeths - he from the Simmet line. No one in his family was much interested in the family roots until it was too late to question anyone. Now, being one of the eldest in his line, he is trying to get started.

I hope I didn't overwhelm him with the information I sent him tonight. He did send me a wonderful obituary for his ancestor, Michael Zimmeth/Simmet who was my great grandfather's oldest brother.

I love the internet!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Saturday, January 21, 2012

SYMPATHY SATURDAY - Missouri 1961 Deaths

Thursday evening I received the long awaited email from the Missouri State Archives: The 1961 Death Certificates are ready for transcription! It sounds tedious, but really, the only thing you need to transcribe is the county, date of death, and the name of the decedent. I do use Google Chrome web browser for this, because that is what worked best for me in the past.

Feel the urge to volunteer? Here is the link.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Friday, January 20, 2012

Moving Right Along - The Census Project

I don't know what it is about census images, but they seem to multiply in my files overnight. I've been studiously working on these since the first of the year and it seems as if I am not making as much headway as I think I should. The problem, I think, is that I find someone for whom I've missed a year or was unable to find (see yesterday's Too-Too post) and then inspiration hits and I find the missing census. Sometimes. Sometimes no matter what I do or what great ideas I have they just can't be found. Then I just move on. It must be working because I've got that down to 389 census images left in the queue!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Too-Too Thursday

I think I found a new theme! This Too-Too Thursday is for those jaw-dropping things we find as we research. As in, I can't believe what I am seeing/reading and/or not finding. And I'm hoping to find one or two more for Thursday so that I can swap them out as I find appropriate blog topics.

So this week. Too-Too Thursday. My regulars will know that I am working hard to get all those census records I've found into my RootsMagic 5 database. I don't know about you, but it really BUGS me when I am missing a census for someone. Today's case is William Sellon Percival. Born to Ansel Percival and Sylvia Sellon, he was the eldest child and was born in Vermont. His two brothers and 3 sisters were born in Hampshire county, Massachusetts, where the younger generation seemed to settle in. On March 3, 1841, he married Lydia S. Pierce, daughter of Leonard and Lucy Booth Pierce. They had one son, William Arasmus Percival, born about 1842.

When I find a new family or spouse or child, I go looking for the census. This family should appear on the 1850 census, right? Wrong. I found them in 1860 in Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts. In 1866 William Sellon Percival dies and in 1867, his spouse, Lydia dies, he at the age of 51 and Lydia at 57!

Well, I am persistent and the other day when I was entering the information for the 1860 census, I decided to give it one more try. But first, here is the 1860 census and the information I had from it. I also had the 1865 census, but it is pretty dark. The only difference between 1865 and 1860? 1865 has him born in Vermont. Not Massachusetts as does the 1860. If you take a close look, you will see that William is listed as William C. Percival, Lydia S., William A. and Lucy Pierce. Lucy is Lydia's mother. This is important.

 So, I figured if I found Lucy living with them in 1860, maybe she was living there in 1850? Now this part is really important: DO NOT RELY ON THE INDEX WHEN LOOKING FOR A HARD TO FIND RECORD. If you find someone who might appear with the family go to that page and take a look at it. I tried looking for Percival, Percival soundexed, Pierce and then finally Per*. That one did the trick, but did not elicit some weird spelling for Percival as hoped. Nope, it brought up Lucy Perce. When I looked at the page, it looked like Pirce. But more importantly, were the people with whom she was enumerated:

William Petengale (not how it's indexed) age 34 M Wagonmaker born in VT
Lydia S  "                                                    31 F                        born in Mass.
William R "                                                   8  M                       born in Mass
Lucy Pirce                                                   51 F                        born in Mass

And this is how William appears on the 1850 index on Ancestry. Is it any wonder why I couldn't find them in 1850?

  I can only blame the census taker or whomever transcribed this record for this weird name. There is one clue on the middle image that gives me hope. At the top left it says Copy 14. I'm off to look for support info. Wish me luck.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OMG! They're Working Against Me!

You know it's bad enough when you can't find something because of something you neglected to look for, but when it's the census taker, transcriber, or indexer - or sometimes a combination of them - you feel like they are totally working against you. In 1850, did someone consciously say or think: "I'm going to make it very difficult for someone to find this record in 2012."

Did the town clerks in Massachusetts say, let's make everyone search by town (even if they don't know the town) instead of the county. Yes, I know Massachusetts has town records, but still, can't the towns within a county cooperate? For instance, I am searching for a birth record for William Arasmus Percival, born about 1842 in Massachusetts, most likely in Hampshire county, since that is where his parents were living. However, when I checked a town against the 1855 Massachusetts state census, I didn't find it on the Massachusetts Vital Records site. Why? Because whomever transcribed that census spelled it Williamsburgh instead of Williamsburg.

I need all the help I can get, not red herrings.

In a more positive light, my database hit 33,333 individuals last night!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Census Project - Small Chunks

The Census Project - yes you are going to hear about this project ad infinitum until I finish it. I started with about 550 census reports saved as images. I edit them in a photo editor so that only the people I need are on the page. I print them as drafts and then add the census as a fact, and link the image to the family. I've done 71 census reports. So that should bring me down to 479, right? WRONG! Because I added 14 more yesterday. So that leaves me with 493 left to work on. I figured if I link at least 6 every day between now and March 31st, I'll finish. Provided I don't add any more.  I can do that. I usually print them off in lots of 12, so if I can stick to at least 6, with maybe doing 12 if time and other projects allow, its not an insurmountable task!

 An audiobook on my iPod touch helps me get through the tedium of entering all the information.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - Ellie Runyon Chinn

From the Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, death, 15 January 1952, p8 c8.

Miss Ellie B. Chinn.

Funeral services for Miss Ellie Runyon Chinn, of 248 East Maxwell street, will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Wednesday at the W. R. Milward mortuary chapel. The Rev. Leslie R. Smith will officiate and burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery.

Miss Chinn died at 6:45 a.m. yesterday at Good Samaritan Hospital after an illness of two months. She was a retired schoolteacher.

A native of Lexington, Miss Chinn was the daughter of the late Addison B. and Frances Runyon Chinn. She was a graduate of Sayre College and a member of Central Christian Church.

She is survived by a brother, A. C. Chinn of Lexington.

{My regular readers might remember that Ellie's father, Addison Ball Chinn was murdered in a 1902 home invasion in Lexington, Kentucky, and was a subject of my Thriller Thursday theme. Her brother, Asa was also injured.}

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Friday, January 13, 2012

What Was I Thinking?

I am about 45 census reports into my project and there have been a couple that leave me scratching my head and muttering "What was I thinking?" Yes, it is the dreaded - who is this family connected to and why did I feel obligated to save the report?

When that happens, I simply move it to my "Needs More Work" folder and move on to the next one, hoping that the marriage records will elicit more information.

Or the census records I've come across and wondered how on earth they were able to index it since even with augmentation, you can't read anything on the page. These most often are from Their indexers have x-ray vision eyes?

It's back to work I go. It's possible I am buried under an avalanche of census reports.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Theme Thursday?

The unthinkable has happened. I've run out of tragedies for Thriller Thursday. I really like the idea of a theme, but none of the ones have struck my fancy. Treasures are out, because my family didn't seem to get too many treasures, so that would be a short theme. I'm open to suggestions!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Zimmeth and Moerschel

January 12, 1784, John Theobold (or Diebold) Zimmeth was married to Regine Moerschel, in Roeschwoog, Alsace, France. They were my great-great-great grandparents. John Zimmeth was the son of John Theobold Zimmeth and Anna Maria Schalek; Regina was the daughter of Antony Moerschel and Barbara Koch(er).

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

One of My Favorite Projects

For the last couple of years, I've been one of the volunteers on the Missouri Death Certificates Database. I love this project. Last year we had the death certificates done in record time.  It is worth taking time out from other projects to help with this. Yay, Missouri!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

In the Works!

Yes, I have started on the "Great Census Project." This was an effort I have made to document mysteriously disappearing family members or even whole families. Once I got started on it, I couldn't stop. This is actually something I've worked on for many, many years. Many years ago, I started adding the census as a fact/event on each person in my genealogy program. Then I went back and started linking the census images to the family members listed on that record.

Good idea? It seemed so at the time. In a frenzy I pulled about 600 pages of census. I got way behind transcribing and linking. Some families started on one page and ended on another page. Some families are mysteriously missing in 1870 in Lafayette county, Missouri. The one I am most concerned about is making sure I have all the info from the 1930 census entered and the images linked before the 1940 census is released and searchable. Some of my families moved so much. For instance, my mother's family in 1930 were all listed as living in one home. It's possible, but my mother spent most of her early years living with an aunt. My grandfather, after 1900, is never in the same home twice. Well, actually, neither grandfather is living in the same home in 1930 as they were in 1920. My paternal grandfather lived in three different states from 1910 to 1930.

So now, under pressure to get these all entered and linked before April. If I don't go crazy first!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - Horace Boardman Rose

This is all I have for Horace Rose who purportedly died on January 7, 1841. He married Elvira Percival, daughter of Dr. Jabez Percival and Elizabeth Stearns (and sister of my great-great-great grandfather, Dr. John Stearns Percival.)

Ted R. Worley, Editor, "A Sketch of Horace Boardman Rose," Arkansas Historical Quarterly Volume 14, Number 3 (Autumn 1955): p 281-282, Volume 14, #3, p 281-282.

A Sketch of Horace Boardman Rose

Edited by Ted R. Worley

The original of the following biographical sketch of Horace Boardman Rose, for whom the town of Roseville, Arkansas, was named, is in the Weaver-Field Collection of the Arkansas History Commission.  This collection consisting of household relics, books, maps, and miscellaneous manuscript records was loaned in 1954 to the Commission by the late Ben Johnson Field, Jr. and Mary Judith Field Julian.  The author of the sketch is unknown.  The town of Roseville was on the Arkansas River in Franklin County about ten miles below Ozark.

Major Horace Boardman Rose of New York, one of the Pioneers of Arkansas, was married in 1807 to Miss Elivra Percival of Indiana, and with his bride went to New Orleans, LA., to make their home; of this marriage three daughters were born -- Mary Eliza, Eudora Elvira and Corinna.  In 1830 Major Rose moved to Arkansas from New Orleans, bringing his wife, and his three young daughters with him -- also a young man from Virginia, Saml. Montgomery Weaver.  The little party came up the Arkansas river on one of the early steamboats, (that mode of travel being in its infancy at that time).  After a trip of many weeks, the boat landed at Little Rock, then a settlement of a few houses, spending several days here, Major Rose concluded he would like to explore the country further up the river, so the little party again boarded the steam boat  and moved on to the west -- When the boat arrived at what was then called McClaines Bottom, (in after years as the place grew to be a town the name was changed to Roseville, in honor of Major Rose, who did so much for the up building, and advancement of the place). Major Rose seeing the beautiful country, and rich lands of that locality, decided to remain there, invest money, and make his home, which was afterward noted for its hospitality, and meeting of cultured people under its roof.  Major Rose himself, being a man of great learning, and elegant personality, possessed a very valuable library, (a part of which is still owned, and priced by one of his granddaughters, Mrs. Mary Rose Field of 311 E. 6th Street Little Rock.)  His wife, a gentle and dignified lady, with great charm of manner added much to the refinement and happiness of their home.  Mary Eliza Rose eldest daughter of Major and Mrs. Rose married Saml. Montgomery Weaver in 1836, and returned to Little Rock to make this place their home, and spent the balance of their lives here, Mrs. Weaver having lived to the age of 91 -- honored, and beloved by all who knew her -- her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, are still living in the old colonial home, built by her husband, Saml. M. Weaver in 1838.  Major and Mrs. Rose's second daughter, Eudora Elvira, married Mr. George Knox of Van Buren, Ark. and made their home in that place.  Corinna married Mr. Quinn of Roseville, after some years was left a widow, then Mr. Dr. Chism of same place, and spent the rest of her life in the town named after her father.  Major Rose died in 1841, his wife in 1835; bot were laid to rest in Roseville.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Friday, January 6, 2012

Time Flies ..

I can't believe that the first week of the New Year has zipped by this fast. Seems like just yesterday, I was writing a post for 2011!

I have been working on getting some scrapbook pages done and dealing with at least a very small portion of older daughter's photos along with photos from my niece's wedding last November. Dealing with all the photos has been part of my new year's resolution for a couple of years now. At least I am making progress, albeit slowly.

The other resolution I have is to deal with all the census that I've saved hopefully before the 1940 census is released. No, I haven't started them, but I have wrapped up all the obits and newspaper articles I culled from the library in Lexington, Kentucky. And I finished the death certificates I had saved. I plan on working through the marriages I've saved also while working on the census. They sort of keep my mind straight on which family I am in need of info for.

In the meantime, nose to the grindstone and all that!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thriller Thursday - Henry C. Bowman

Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, November 1, 1921:


Hal C. Bowman, 60, Had Back to Approaching Car and Was Unable to Hear Sound of the Whistle.


Hal C. Bowman, 60 years old, prominent Fayette county farmer, was killed instantly yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock, when he was struck by a westbound interurban car on the Versailles pike, at the intersection of Gun's Lane, about three miles from Lexington.

Mr. Bowman apparently did not see the approaching car. It was raining and he was holding an umbrella watching for the car going toward Lexington, which meets the car bound for Versailles near that point.

According to the story, told by Motorman P. Maupin, who, with Conductor J. R. Jordan, was in charge of the interurban, the car was about 75 feet from the crossing when he saw Mr. Bowman standing on the track with his back toward the approaching car. Mr. Maupin applied the brakes and blew the whistle, he said, but was unable to stop the car until after it struck Mr. Bowman. Mr. Bowman was deaf, which accounts for his not hearing the whistle, it was stated.

The force of the impact knocked Mr. Bowman across the pike. The body was badly mangled and apparently many bones in his body, besides his skull,  were broken. He was taken into the house at the intersection of the two roads by the crew on the car and later taken to the establishment of W. R. Milward.

Mr. Bowman was one of the most prominent and influential farmers of the county. He was born and lived in that section of the county all his life. He was the son of the late Henry Bowman. He is survived by two sisters, Anna Bell and Sallie, and two brothers, Andrew W. and Will, all of Lexington. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.

The inquest will be held Wednesday morning at the courthouse, Coroner John Anglin announced.

Copyright 2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Percival & Beale

On January 4, 1830, in a civil ceremony in Bangor, Maine, Gordon Percival married Emeline Beale. Gordon was a son of Daniel Percival and Prudence Southmayd.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

As Proposals Go ...

I always talk about how my husband proposed. At least that is what we think he did. He didn't come right out and ask me to marry him. No. That would have been clear and memorable. He kind of backed into it. And we can't exactly say what he said. Then I forgot to say yes. I guess he didn't catch on from my hugging and kissing him?

So, it must run in my family because this is how my great-great-great grandfather proposed to his third wife (I am descended from his first.)

Mrs Catherine Chinn, the last wife of the deceased, was a remarkable woman. It has been said of her that she was thirty years a maid, thirty years a wife, and thirty years a widow, when at the age of ninety she committed her remaining life's span into the keeping of her aged wooer. His proposal of marriage was in the form of a letter, in which he said that if her answer was to be favorable she must keep the letter. Getting no other reply but the silent acceptance, he called. She met him with "Dr. Chinn I received your letter and have kept it." So they were married and it was a grand church ceremonial. The bride wore white satin with a veil, little children walked before them, none but aged people were shown to the choice seats, and the city was all alive with the event. The pair took a bridal trip to relatives in Missouri, then settled down in Lexington where they spent their twelve years of married life.

Sounds kind of romantic to me? Actually my own DH put his proposal in writing afterwards, so that both parties were clear that he didn't propose to me by accident or ask for a cup of coffee!

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Wow! I can't believe how fast 2011 zipped buy. Time sure does fly when you are having fun. Not that all of 2011 was fun, but it sure is over.

2012 is the year really, that DH and I are going to sit down and go through all the bins of photos and sort them out. Even if I have to tie us down to do it.

Last year I really got into this scrapbook thing in a big way, including a new program My Memories Suite v3. I had lots of fun learning to use it and getting those creative juices flowing again. I even crocheted a cowl for younger daughter. In 2012, I plan on using all my resources to get those photos organized, put in scrapbooks and preserving them.

This is the year the 1940 census comes out. I've determined that trying to locate my family on the 1940 census without an index is probably a huge problem. My dad, uncle and grandfather were living in a boarding home and my mom was living somewhere. When asked some years ago where she was living in 1940, she couldn't quite remember if she lived with a cousin, or was already working as an au pair or living with a friend. That's certainly a problem for locating people on the census.

In 2012, I plan on working on all the various record images I've saved and finally getting the info entered and images linked.

Hopefully 2012 will also include a research trip or two.

2011 saw me start a lifestyle change with the diagnosis of diabetes. Here's hoping I'll keep up with the better diet and exercise and weight loss. I have to admit I am feeling a lot better.

I hope you all have a happy 2012!

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes