I have lots of information on Lafayette LeValley and his ancestors. You would probably be interested in this letter sent to all known relatives a year ago:
909 Still Court
Tallahassee, FL 32310
July 28, 1999
Dear LeValley relatives,
For 31 years, I have been researching the LeValley family tree. During all of that time, I have been corresponding with a few key family members who have filled me in on their whole part of the family. Though we are still several years from publishing a nice book, this project has now reached such a turning point, that the time has come to involve every living LeValley descendant for whom I have an address (187 households).
We are now aware of 1,427 descendants of Peter LeValley born since 1700 with the LeValley name--plus their spouses. (I am not keeping track of female lines with different surnames.) We still have not definitely traced the family back to Europe. But we have sorted out about a dozen much smaller LeValley families that seem to be unrelated on this side of the ocean--and have shared information back-and-forth with those families. Here is where we stand:
1. I now have everything I know on two computer discs. For the first time, this great bulk of information is in a compact enough form that anyone can have a copy. The information is keyed to nine long charts covering different branches of the family. (I haven't figured out how to draw the lines on my computer, so I'm still doing that part by hand.)
If you want copies of what we now have, please send enough to cover the expenses: $5 for your chart and the two full discs. The other charts are on the discs (without the lines drawn in). This is not one of those mail rip-offs. If you have any questions, call me at (850) 222-1886.
Details: The discs are done in Wordperfect 8 (IBM formatting). If you can't handle this, I hope I am clever enough to save them in whatever format you need. The discs will be Read-Only, so that all necessary corrections get put into the master file. They are for your personal use only, and are not to be broadcast through the internet or genealogical data bases.
If you don't have a computer, but would rather have printouts of the known information on just certain individuals--say each of your direct ancestors--that can also be done for $5.
2. We have tons of information on the earlier generations, but practically nothing except a few dates on the recent generations or people now living. This should be the easiest part. Please take the time to write down interesting stories about your family, and the families of your parents and grandparents. In many cases, we don't even know what people nowdays are doing for a living. If you have the kind of job that requires a resumé, please send me a copy. Newspaper clippings or any other information would be welcome.
3. Because I may not have another 31 years to work on this, I should probably start thinking about final publication in book form. That means pictures. At this point, the cheapest way to handle this would probably be for you to xerox a whole bunch of them, so I can choose which ones are worth making real photographic duplicates. Some of the people who used to have pictures have died, and I don't know which relatives have them now.
You and I cannot say thank-you enough times to the several people over the years who have pooled all of their information to bring this project along. Now it is your turn to add to this body of knowledge. Please let me hear from you soon.
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