Kay Sands

Kay Sands

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Kay J. Sands
Born 1950s.
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Categories: Erie Canal | Chocolate Needed | Ham Radio Operators.


I was born and grew up in Central New York State in a small hamlet on the old Erie Canal. As a young girl, we often visited with various aunts, uncles and cousins on the weekends. We also made a few long car trips to visit an aunt who lived in southwestern Colorado. One time we stopped in Nebraska for a 'family reunion' with many second and third cousins.

This traveling must have interested me, since I picked things that I enjoyed to study in college, and ended up with a degree in Geography, with a computer science minor.

I was fortunate to begin my software engineering career, in the mid 1970s, working on the use of computers in mapping. This was in a research and development environment, and we laid much groundwork that latter led to modern GIS. My expertise was in spatial data representation and manipulation, although those who know me might say it is in telling people where to go.

I always enjoyed figuring out large, complex software, and also studying maps and the influence of geography on our migration and culture. This makes genealogy research a natural.

I began this journey knowing that I had ancestors from Iowa and from New York. I have since learned that the Iowa ancestors migrated from Germany and from Connecticut. I have also discovered that not only was my father born within 10 miles of where I grew up but his parents and great grandparents were born and lived within a 10 mile radius. Thus within this 10 mile radius four great great grandparents married about 1820, at least five great great great grandparents settled between 1808 and 1817. Two of the families came from Connecticut, and lived about 50 miles from each other and within 50 miles of the home of my Iowa ancestors.

Surnames include: Sands, Ayer, Salsbury, Whiting (formerly Whiton), Cornish, Burk, Spinning, Stoner, Scranton, Sanford, Reed, Toepelt (Tapelt, Taplet, Taplett) and others.

Currently working on Rood and Standish.


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Buxton, Maine
Simsbury, Connecticut; Onondaga County New York
Correct ERRORS, review WARNINGS and investigate HINTS
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Standish. Working on connections to Rood/Rude.
Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Illinois
Connecticut and New York
Buxton Maine; Onondaga County New York
Connecticut; Delaware, New York; Ogle, Illinois
Guilford, Connecticut; Polo, Illinois; Tama, Iowa; Anderson, Kansas
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Massachusetts, Connecticut
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Ashford, Connecticut; Onondaga County New York
Ashford, Connecticut; changed spelling to Whiting

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On 14 Feb 2019 at 22:19 GMT Jamie (Davis) Thompson wrote:

Kay we are 7th cousins by way or the Woodworths


On 13 Feb 2019 at 17:46 GMT Melanie (Snyder) Stewart wrote:

Congratulations on being member of the week. We’re 9th cousins once removed through Samuel Phelps (my ancestor twice.)

On 25 Oct 2018 at 01:43 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:


Thank you for joining in the fun with Team Roses for the Source A Thon! It wouldn't have been the same without you. I hope your fall is going well.

Emma <3

On 14 Sep 2018 at 21:26 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

Hi hun,

Kay and Lisa are 8th cousins twice removed Kay Sands and Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy are both descendants of Joseph Hand.

Thank you for the source help on Isaac.


On 25 Aug 2018 at 14:23 GMT John Doppke wrote:

Hi Kay, Wikitree says we are 8th cousins once removed, but DNA says we should be closer to third cousins. I think we must have some double matches. So far I only see one connection on Murray, but I think there may be 2 there.

On 29 Jul 2018 at 06:35 GMT Steven (Johnson) Inman wrote:

Kay, thank you for the Bradley/Rood marriage info!

On 26 Jun 2018 at 03:20 GMT Lolo Wagner wrote:

Kay, thank you for pointing out the error with Elizabeth Drummond! When my gedcom uploaded, it did produce errors in Wikitree so I am very thankful when others find them and point them out. My tree is huge and hard for me to see every error, much appreciated.

On 20 Jun 2018 at 16:07 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Thank you Kay....I have no ties to the Bibb family, but I was trying to go through some unsourced profiles. I appreciate your efforts.



On 25 Apr 2018 at 18:57 GMT Jill (Turkington) Lee wrote:

Hi cousin Kay!

Relationship Finder says that we are eighth cousins once removed through Ezekiel Woodward (bef. 1625 - 1699)/Woodward-32.

On 4 Apr 2018 at 01:49 GMT Amanda Frank wrote:

Hi Kay, I'm sure you have heard about the upcoming Clean-a-Thon. I wanted to personally invite you to join Tidying Tornadoes which is just the CAT version of Team Tornadoes from the Source-a-Thon. I know we had fun during SAT and we are sure to have fun during the CAT. If you want to join the current registration is here (https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/586403/will-you-participate-in-our-2018-spring-clean-a-thon-current) and all you have to do is answer that you would like to join and are with Tidying Tornadoes.

I hope to see you there, Amanda

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