In the meantime I spent a week on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in March, just relaxing, catching up on e-mails and going on lots of geocaching hikes. A big spider jumped on my neck one day, and I was not pleased with that, but happy that it didn't bite. I took a photo of it with my GPS.
I have not been ignoring my genealogy research. In fact my Akin cousin, Larry, often sends me little "Akin mysteries" that I should try to solve. I found a Hannah Akin in the new Ancestry.com release of the 1880 US Census of Defectives, Blind, etc. She was listed as Blind, but neither Larry nor I can figure out how she fits into our Chatauqua County, NY Akins.
I did find this Hannah Akin born abt 1793 in NY, in the regular 1880 US census and she is living with her daughter, Betsey Moore b.1861 NY, and Betsey's daughter Pluma Hazard age 22 with her husband Dennis Hazard age 29 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY. Then I found Pluma Hazard in the 1930 census with other Moores, evidently Betsey's brothers, i.e. Wm and John. (ie. Hannah Akin's grandchildren??) I can't place any of this family with my Joseph Akin family. In the 1820 US census I did find a Hannah Akins in Ellicott, Chautauqua Co. --but no help really because the only information lists the ages in her household. Who was Hannah's husband?.....an Akin from somewhere.
And of course, I am totally mesmerized by watching the ancestor-searching show "Who Do You Think You Are" on NBC on Friday nights. And before that, the other genealogy/family history show called "Faces of America" on PBS. I just learned that WDYTYA has been renewed for another season - yea!!!!!