In attempting to write the history of a family one meets with many difficulties. The most reliable information to be obtained for a work of this kind is, of course, the records. But it is an endless undertaking to search for records, hidden by years of time, and scattered far and wide. And as such a history begins at a time when few records were kept, and but few of them preserved, the difficulty in procuring satis factory data is quite apparent. After tracing back only a few generations it becomes very uncertain, and unsatisfactory. In obtaining data from those who know, or should know, something of their immediate family history, you are also met with difficulties. Very few take interest enough in their family history to take the time to furnish information to make a satisfactory and complete history of the family. At first my object was simply to track back my own imme diate family to its origin, but in doing so I gathered much information of other families of the name, and concluded to put it all in book form, that it may aid others in writing a more accurate and complete history of the family Shine, or in locating relatives.