In Challenge 28 of the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series, we have been asked to spend some time with patents and trademarks.
I have found that the easiest way to navigate U.S. Patents is via Google Patents. By entering the key words of Larkins and Sandusky in the Google Patent search box, the first "hit" was Patent Number 1,027,346 for a Music Leaf Turner, that was issued on May 21, 1912. My great great grandfather, Thomas F. Larkins, never achieved riches or fame with this patent, but I was delighted to find someone in my family tree on Google Patents!
You can read a bit more about this patent below:
Go to Google Patents to see if anyone in your family has been issued a U.S. Patent. Searching can by done by any combination of name, location, or keyword of the item which was patented.