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William Edward Gines II (1953-2012)

My cousin, William Edward Gines II, passed away on October 12, 2012. He had heart disease. Generally known as “Eddie” or “William Edward,” he was named after our grandfather, William Edward Gines (1898-1955), who was also called “Eddie.”  His father was Alfred Eugene Gines (1930-2011) and his mother was Ida Mae Johnson, who survives him. Among his survivors are his …Continue reading →

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My Families in the 1940 Census, Part II

Once the indexing was completed I set about trying to find my families by name in the 1940 census. I concentrated on what I consider to be my four main lines: Manson, Gines, Bowie, and Bryant. My results were somewhat underwhelming. Gines family: I’ve already mentioned that I found my maternal grandmother and some of her children but that their …Continue reading →

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My Families in the 1940 Census

I was excited as anyone when  the 1940 census was released. I immediately went to work trying to find my families. I was a volunteer indexer through FamilySearch.org and I enjoyed that experience immensely.  It was great to be part of a worldwide network of people working towards the same goal. During the period of time before the indexing was …Continue reading →

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Getting Back to Some Hard Genealogy

It took a near-disaster in the form of a hard disk failure to bring me back to doing some basic genealogy. I took me a week to recover and reassemble my files, which had been backed up onto three different systems. The redundancy was a fortunate thing born out of some lethargy in organization. As a fortuitous happenstance, I lost …Continue reading →

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Alfred E. Gines, 1930-2011

Alfred Eugene Gines, Sr., was called home on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  He passed away in the presence of his wife Icy, at the John Knox Rehabilitation Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Alfred Gines was born on December 17, 1930.  He attended Lincoln High School in Kansas City, graduating in 1946.  He served in the United States Navy, and worked …Continue reading →

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I Never Knew . . . .

As a kid growing up, I knew very few of my cousins.  In fact, I can recall meeting just three of them, all on my mother’s side, before I turned eighteen years old.  This was a consequence of the fact that our military family lived in places far away from where my parents grew up.  I used to wonder sometimes …Continue reading →

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Grand Genealogy Journey: Kansas City–Happy Birthday, Aunt Dee!

Fittingly we are in Kansas City on our Grand Genealogy Journey on the 70th birthday of Delorise Gines, Geneablogie’s original muse! Seems like just yesterday we were actually in KC celebrating your 50th! Hope you had a great day Aunt Dee!

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Grand Genealogy Journey: My Kansas City Families

The Gines Family My closest relatives in Kansas City would be in the Gines family, descendants 0f Richard and Sylvia Gines of Shreveport, Louisiana, (who, as far as anyone knows, never set foot in Kansas City).  Two of Richard and Sylvia’s  sons, William Edward Gines (1898-1955) and Henry William Gines (1903-1980) left Shreveport in 1920 and headed for Kansas City.  …Continue reading →

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Grand Genealogy Journey: The Research-Rich Environment of Kansas City

The Kansas City multi-county, bi-state metropolis is a genealogist’s and historian’s gold mine. First (and these are in no particular order)  is the recently relocated site for the National Archives at Kansas City. It’s in the dynamic Union Station District of the city at 400 West Pershing Road.  The Archives is now featuring an exhibit in Kansas City on the …Continue reading →

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Grand Genealogical Journey: Kansas City, Here I Come!

We’ve had a great trip aboard the California Zephyr from Sacramento to Denver.  But in Denver, we part ways with the train, which goes on to Chicago, bypassing our next destination, Kansas City. The quickest way to get to Kansas City from Denver is by air — a one-hour flight for about $149 on all the major carriers except US …Continue reading →

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