During the time I was growing up I always thought my forbears came from England.   Imagine my surprise when as, as a result of my family history research, I learned that my father’s side of the family was German while the maternal side was, in fact, English.  I have done an essay on my Kinslow immigrant ancestors.  Click here to go to it.

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Link Update

I have a link in my first post that was supposed to show you my immigrant American ancestors.  However, I checked it recently and found that the link was broken and no one had notified me.  Well, I have fixed it and while I was at it I updated it.  You can click here to go to the link instead of having to go back to the original post.  The ancestor listing has become more important since one of my sons put up a Kinslow Family page on Facebook.  A lot of Kinslows have responded to the Facebook page and not too many of them are related to me.  But it’s fun to learn where they all come from and where they are living now.

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Dr. Kinslow Pic

Kin-001This is the last picture I have of Dr. William Haiden Kinslow, my grandfather.  I don’t know where or when the picture was taken but I’m pretty sure it was after the family moved to Texas in about 1890.  My guess is that it dates to about 1910-12.  Click on the picture and you will get an enlarged view.  I never knew my grandfather.  He died almost ten years before I was born.  I received my middle name from him although it is spelled differently.  Several other of his descendants are named Hayden.  One of my sons  has Hayden for a middle name and he named his son Hayden.  I don’t know the origin of the “Haiden” spelling.  It is on his medical diploma.  Sam Kinslow in Waco has Dr. Kinslow’s diploma from the University of Louisville Kentucky Medical School and showed me the spelling.  I made a quick look in old records for use of Haiden as a family name but was not successful.  As I said, this is the last picture I have of Dr. Kinslow.  I have none of his wife Fannie Pare Kinslow.  I am sure some of you Kinslow cousins out there have a picture or two you would like to share.  Email it to me and I’ll post it or them here.

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Relationship Chart Problem?

It seems that I did not make it entirely clear how to access Dr. Kinslow’s relationship charts.  Here is how it works.  For instance, on the blog posting describing his ancestor chart, click on the link that says it will  take you to that chart.  You will be taken to another page but instead of seeing the chart, you will see this link in the middle of the page    “drwhkances020513″     .   Click on that link and Dr. Kinslow’s ancestry chart should open up.  It will be a PDF file so you must have Adobe Reader on your computer.  Adobe Reader will open a PDF file.  Most computers sold in the last few years come with Adobe Reader on them.  It is a freebie program.  Similarly, on the posting entitled “Dr Kinslow’s Descendants,” click on the link to the chart and a page will open with another link  “drwhkdesce020513″   in the middle of the page.  Click it and another PDF file will open showing his descendants.   If you are related to Dr. Kinslow, your name should be somewhere in Dr. Kinslow’s descendants chart.  The info probably will be out of date in which case you should send me the updated info.  You can do that either via email or by clicking on the “Add a Comment” link below the posting here and leaving your comment in the comment box.

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Dr. Kinslow’s Home

Kin-004Click on the picture to make it larger.  Notice the little sign on the side of the house.  I assume this home is in Randolph, Texas but I don’t know for sure.  Nor, can I identify the people.  That’s Dr. Kinslow in front of the tree but I don’t know who the others are or when the picture was taken.  Can anyone help me out?  That’s probably his wife, Fannie, to Dr. Kinslow’s right and those may be their kids but there’s an extra one.  They only had five:  Elizabeth, Tilden, John, Esta and Albert.

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Relationship Charts Redux

It occurred to me that another good use for relativity charts is to help you get your own personal family history research started.  Or, alternatively, you can use it to flesh out  your own family line.  If you are related to William Haiden Kinslow, then your line of ancestors is the same as his.  The standard method of charting your family history is to start with yourself then record your parents vital data.  Next, you record your grandparents, your great-grandparents, etc.  Keeping these records by hand is a real booger-bear of a chore.  You need to use genealogy software and let the computer do the work.  There are a number of good programs out there and most of them are fairly inexpensive.  There are free versions of some.  You just key in the data on each individual and the genealogy software does the work.  The program organizes the info into families, establishes relationships and keeps track of everything.  You can add notes, pictures, even videos.  Some genealogy software will even organize your info into a book ready to be published.  The real work involved is in doing the research for your family history data.  However, the Internet is making that easier.  There are more and more vital data of all kinds being added to the Internet every day.  No longer do you have to sit in a dusty courthouse basement thumbing through musty records to dig out your family’s history.  Now, you can sit in front of your computer in your underwear and do all your research in  comfort.  Try to get that image out of your mind.

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Dr. Kinslow’s Office

DrWHKinslow2Dr. Kinslow is shown in his office in his home in Randolph, Texas in Fannin County.  Click on the picture for an enlarged view.  You can read the labels on some of the packages.  He was an old-time country doctor who made his rounds on horseback or in a buggy in fair weather or foul.  In those days he had to mix his own prescriptions.  His shelves are filled with chemicals he used.  I have a post card from a German chemical manufacturer touting one of their products.  I’ll find it in my files and show it in a later post.

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