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Review: Armageddon’s Children

Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara, #1)Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was excited by the idea of combining "The Word and the Void" with my favorite books – the Shannara series. I was also intrigued: how would he pull it off? Painfully and slowly, like removing a band-aid. It wasn’t until the end that the story finally picked up.

Will I finish the trilogy? Of course! We are talking about the birth of Shannara!!! Hint: if you’ve read the entire Shannara series up to this point and haven’t touched Word and the Void series, do! This book will make completely no sense at all! Trust me on this!



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Review: Broke : the plan to restore our trust, truth and treasure

Broke : the plan to restore our trust, truth and treasureBroke : the plan to restore our trust, truth and treasure by Glenn Beck

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever wanted the complete story on where our country went off-course, how badly it’s affecting us and possible ways to fix the problem – this is the book. In my opinion, this is Glenn’s best book.

Normally, I would write a little more especially considering how much I loved the book but I want you to read it and develop your own opinion. Whether you agree with the man or not, he puts together a cogent argument to restore (not reform or transform) our government.



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Review: Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum GameStar Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good book but don’t know if this was the greatest way to start off the Typhon Pact books. It was great to see Dax in her element as a starship captain. Everything in her past lives has led her up to this moment. I like that.

I also like DS9 so I find it a little disturbing that this book obviously skips on information like Vaughn being badly hurt, Ro Laren now station commander, Sisko sitting on his rump and Kira somewhere???? The author purposely cuts off Bashir’s thoughts from what’s going on with that fiery rebel turned captain.

I’m confused but properly intrigued on how they’re going to pull the rest of the books off. It also makes me wonder how the layoff of their Trek editor is affecting these books?!



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Review: Edge of Apocalypse

Edge of ApocalypseEdge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great selling point for me was I got this when it was free on Amazon.com for the Kindle. It was an awesome book. It basically takes everything that is wrong with today and adds a decade to it. Literally everything is going to hell in a hand basket!

A great question we should be asking ourselves: are we that close to the end times as prophesied?



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Kuhns family & 1860 census

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Kuhns’ 1860 census contribution

I was very excited to find my maternal third great grandfather and his family in the 1860 census.  Some interesting information that I didn’t know was that Isaiah Kuhns was a gunsmith and his father, Jacob Kuhns, was a shoemaker.  That’s awesome!  By the time of this census, Jacob Kuhns was living with his son at the age of 76.  It’s apparent that his wife had already passed as she wasn’t included in this census.

For me, this census is a snapshot into my ancestor’s lives – how they were employed, their love of family, etc.  It can give you a “guesstimate” on birth/death dates even how long a couple has been married.  Other census records that I’ve seen recorded where they came from and when they emigrated to the United States, what language they spoke, etc.

1860 Important Facts

The United States Census of 1860 was the eighth Census conducted in the United States. It determined the population of the United States to be 31,443,321 — an increase of 35.4 percent over the 23,191,875 persons enumerated during the 1850 Census. The total population included 3,953,761 slaves.

By the time the 1860 census returns were ready for tabulation, the nation was sinking into the American Civil War. As a result, Census Superintendent Joseph C. G. Kennedy and his staff produced only an abbreviated set of reports, which included no graphic or cartographic representations. This new round of statistics did allow the Census staff to produce a cartographic display, including preparing maps of Southern states for Union field commanders. These maps displayed militarily vital topics, including white population, slave population, predominant agricultural products (by county), and rail and post-road transportation routes.

The 1860 census collected the following information:

  • name
  • address
  • age
  • sex
  • color (white, black or mulatto) for each person
  • whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane or idiotic
  • value of real estate and of personal estate owned (required of all free persons)
  • profession, occupation or trade of each male and female over 15 years of age
  • place (state, territory or country) of birth
  • whether married within the year
  • whether attended school within the year
  • whether unable to read and write (for persons over 20)
  • whether a pauper or convict
Census – Where Can I Get Mine?

I’ve found a few good sources for census records.  The most popular is Ancestry.com.  Yes, they do charge for membership.  They’ve spent considerable time and resources gathering this information.  They also have 14-day trials and occasionally allow non-members access to their records free of charge.  Another service is Footnote.com.  Basic membership is free but to use its full resources you will need to pay.  Let me say this though – it’s resources are considerable!  Footnote.com claim  to fame is source documents provided by people like you and me as well as organizations like the National Archives!  Last on my list is FamilySearch Record Search.  It’s a wonderful service and free.  I’ve found many documents that I didn’t find on the other two.  I believe (and this is just my opinion so I could be wrong) that FamilySearch Record Search is probably the biggest user-contributor database project available today.  Countless thousands (or more) volunteer their time to transcribe census records not just for the United States but other countries as well.  The only downside so far to the Record Search is searches can’t be saved or marked for later research.  You’ll have to search for it all over again and try to find where you left off.

If you have further information on the Kuhns family OR would like to provide more information on census records, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.  I encourage participation!