I to am researching my family and know that my maternal grandmother was Ruth I. Hansen (Shinn), born 1-10-1909 to Thornton Ralph Shinn & Louella (King) in Valissca, IOwa. I also know that a town was named after the family (Shinnstown). I can be reached at email@example.com
if anyone has further info, leads, hints etc. and I would appreciate receiving the Shinn book referred to above.