Wednesday, May 19, 2010

KINNICK Early US Family History - Introduction

The following is from page 4, Introduction, KINNICK Early US Family History, the book pictured in red in the right sidebar. Click on the cover, at right, for more information.

This book is a work of love built over the past fifteen years or so. It is the first of a series on this family, my mother’s line, KINNICK. This book represents an overview of the family in the early years in the United States.

I use the notation “KG book” to refer to the 1953 book: “The Kinnick Family: A Genealogy History of the Kinnick Family of America; Descendants of John Kinnick and Ann Kinnick” by Mrs. Nettie Edna Kinnick Waggener (Mrs. Waggener). Her book was extremely informative relative to Part III of this book, and also somewhat useful as “family tradition” information for Part II. Part I information is based on new research since the KG book was published. Much research from census data and other sources, including visits to many counties in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas, among others, is included here to update the wonderful source information in the 1953 book. In the several years leading up 2003, the fiftieth anniversary of the 1953 book, I compiled the 2003 Kinnick Genealogy Book Online (can be found at:, thanks to the many good folks mentioned here and in the acknowledgments page at the end of this book.

In addition to vital statistics, for three generations in each of the three Parts of the book, I have included notes relative to compiled information from others and my own research. These notes range from a simple: “Per KG book” to extensive notes including pension and probate record transcripts, extensive state and federal census notations, or newspaper articles of births, marriages and death/funerals. An example of this range can be seen in Part II, #36, Joseph Kinnick. Note 1 says the KG book has: “Joe Kinnick; no knowledge of his family.” By the time you read through Note 7, you have seen a fair review of key elements of his life, from census, family comments, and pension records, among other sources, including a newspaper death notice, followed by detailed listings of all eight of Joseph and Rachel’s children.

Much of the detail in Part II is thanks to research done by volunteers at the Bureau County Genealogy Society – in exchange for contributions to their operating funds. I refer often to this series of research reports. Thank you to several unknown as well as know contributors there and in other county offices and societies around the country.

All information recorded here should be treated as “family tradition” information. Therefore, you should do your own analysis to prepare a proof of relationships. Where I have reported relationships in this compilation, I feel the reporting is reasonable for me; however, your standard of proof may differ from mine. Pick the parts that interest you, and continue your own family history research. Solving the mysteries is really fun!

I’d love to hear from each of you that read this book. Comments, updates, corrections are welcomed via email at: 

Families are Forever!  ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I am so honored to see that you are following my blog Kentucky Kinfolk. As a looked through the list of followers for a name of someone that facebooked me, I noticed your name. I put it together with the website for the Kinnicks. I am assuming we are cousins! The Kinnicks are on my maternal grandfather's side and the Nicholas County, KY kin are on my maternal grandmother's side. My Kinnick Line: John Kinnick & Ann > George Washington Kinnick & Hannah Grimes > Henry Boner & Penelope Kinnick (my 3rd great grandmother). I have a letter written by Penelope's granddaughter that mentions their migration from N. Carolina to Indiana. I have a blog I plan to start for my Indiana family lines called My Hoosier Heritage, but it is not active yet. Thanks so much for all the work you have done on the Kinnick Family!!!