Thursday, April 8, 2010

Busy in Hawaii

Now it's April and I'm preparing for another trip, this time to Machu Picchu in Peru and the Gallapagos Islands in Eduacor.  I'll be going with a tour group "Overseas Adventure Travel" and so all the logistics, etc. are taken care of by the tour guides, etc.  I'll also plan on going on another Operation Smile medical mission later in the year.
  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.
As near as I can figure by looking online, it is a "Garden Spider" found in the Pacific.  It's body looked metallic silver and metallic gold to me.  Wtih striped black and tan long legs... very big! ....shiver!
    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 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? 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!!!!!


Michelle Goodrum said...

Machu Pichu and the Galapagos are near the top of my list of places to go before I die. I can't wait to hear about your trip!

Marian Burk Wood said...

Hi Donna,

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As a recipient of the Ancestor Approved Award, please list ten things you have learned about any of your ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened you and then pass the award along to ten other bloggers who you feel are doing their ancestors proud.

You'll see my ten things and the other nine bloggers I recognized with the Ancestor Approved Award when you visit my site. I'm enjoying your genealogy journey and all your adventures.