Genealogy Update

As promised, I have updated the genealogy portion of the site. There is a ton of new information on the Kanouff family with this update. In fact more than 700 new people have been added to the family and there is till probably that many more to go. I had hoped to get through all of this in my two week vacation but there was to much to accomplish all at once. I will continue to add what I have in my file cabinet and will likely be posting another update to the database in the next few weeks. Some of the other surnames that tie into the Kanouff line and are included in this update are: Richner, Richards, Winters, Kline, Shimmel, Hummel, Goss etc…

As always I am looking for updates, corrections, photos,and documents.

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Sons of the American Revolution

I have wanted to join the NSSAR for many years. I can’t tell you how many times I have went to the website and downloaded the application only to start and never finish it. Over the past couple of weeks I have actually finished and submitted the application for review. I am hoping that in the next four to six weeks I will finally be a member.
What I did differently this time was contacting the state chapter and speaking with one of the sponsors, who in my case just so happened to be the chapter president. He was very quick to respond to my initial email and included several pdf files to get me started. He and I began exchanging emails at the rate of several times a day, and he never tired of answering my questions. I feel like I have made a new friend and look forward to continuing to work with him as I file additional applications for other ancestors who also served.
If you have a Revolutionary War soldier or Patriot in your line I would encourage you to contact your state chapter and express an interest in joining. I feel like I not only accomplished a long time goal but made a new friend. Maybe your experience will be the same.

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The 1940 US Census is finally… err ALMOST here

As you are likely aware the 1940 US Census was made public today. I was one of those who stayed up late to get my first peek at it on Ancestry, they have had a counter ticking down the days for quite a while.

I logged in anticipating getting no sleep what-so-ever as I waded through the census looking up ancestors entering notes in my database and saving images.  When I first logged in I was greeted by a popup saying the 1940 is cenus is here! I quickly navigated my way to the search form for the 1940 cenus typed in my first surname and where to look for them, only to find that the images are only up for Nevada and Washington D.C.

I did a little looking around and found that they are in the process of uploading all 3.8 million images. As I am writing this the only state which is completely uploaded is Nevada.

So I will have to wait to see my Pennsylvania roots and add those much covetted names, places and dates to my database.  I know I wont have to wait much longer, but the 5 year old in my head is screaming “I want it now!” Tomorrow is another day as they say.

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