Hi. My name is Gary D. Smith and I live in Overland Park, Kansas. I am working on a project to compile and publish a genealogy for the Latshaw family. I plan to publish the book for free on the Internet. At present, the book spans 300 years from 1601 to about 1901, and includes over 10,000 descendants of Hans Loetcher of Switzerland. The book is fully indexed, to make it easy to find specific individuals. I have several thousand other Latshaw/ Latsha/ Latchaw/ Lotshaw family members in my data that have not (yet) been positively linked to the original family. I am willing to do name lookups.
Anyone who wishes to help with this project will be rewarded with a custom version of the book that includes ( in addition to the standard descendant report) an ancestor tree and ancestor report starting with the individual of their choice. In some cases, adding the ancestor information adds as many as 5,000 additional names to the book. If you would like to participate, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I can accept files in GED or FTW file formats (preferred) or in PDF, TXT, or RTF file formats. Don’t send me information you don’t want published. For privacy considerations, I am only publishing the 1601-1901 information on the Internet, but the custom books for participants in the project may include information in individuals born after 1901.
While the books are copyrighted, I include permission in the copyright notice for anyone to print or copy up to 10 copies of the book for their personal (non-commercial) use. My books are published in PDF file format. If you don’t have it, the software to view and print this file format is available on the internet for free at: (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/ ).
If you do not have access to a laser printer or other high speed printing, you might want to consider having someone else print the book for you. Most large print/copy shops today can accept and print the PDF file format I am publishing. Kinkos ( http://www.kinkos.com ) will accept files over the internet, print the book to your specification, and mail it to you, or hold it at your local store for you to pick up. This distribution method gives you the choice of how you want the book printed (I suggest double sided) and bound, and saves us both the hassle of trying to mail a 400-800 page book.
WARNING: Even ZIPPED, the file for the book can exceed 6 megabytes.
The book contains errors. We are trying to clean them up but:
1. The grave stone does not agree with the family bible.
2. The names and dates in the bible were written in well after the fact, and are the best recollection of who ever wrote them. We can’t read their handwriting.
3. The ship’s captain couldn’t spell any better than ggggg…g grandpa
4. “Standard Spelling” is a relatively recent invention.
5. The census worker couldn’t spell and had really bad handwriting that day.
6. The newspaper misprinted the names and dates in the ‘obit.
7. The courthouse burned down and/or was flooded, so the original records are not available.
8. Translation from old high German to modern English is not an exact science.
9. The church records were destroyed in the same fire/flood.
10. We have the person’s name on four different documents and it is spelled 4 different ways.
11. Some information appears to have been altered or excised by little old ladies who’s sensibilities were offended.
12. Military records are maintained by staff clerks who can neither write nor spell.
13. The ink has faded, and you wouldn’t believe the stains on these documents.
14. Not every girl knows who the father was, or tells. The fathers are even less certain. We are going by the official family story until the DNA tests come back.
15. Mandatory reporting of births, deaths, and marriages is a relatively recent invention.
16. The entire census for this county was lost. (It was probably legible.)
17. Rather than research which John or Abraham was their ancestor, someone guessed.
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