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Troop Family Project
Posted by: Ralph Troop Date: September 03, 1998 at 19:08:56
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Dear friends and family;

You are receiving this message because at one time or another, we have communicated about the Throop/Troop/Troup family and since I'm a bit of a packrat, I've kept all your messages and address.

About a year ago, I began a project to update, expand, correct and embelish a book called "The Throop Tree" by Walter Faye Throop and Estell Burch Throop. Some of you are no doubt familiar with this tome which was published in the 1970s. I have been in touch with the author and while he had originally indicated he planned an update in the 1980s, no update was forthcoming and in my coversation with him, I got the distinct impression he was not planning an update. Hence, I have undertaken the task of updating the book in a different format and I would like to make this information as accurate and complete as possible.

For those of you who have read the book, you have noticed that it was written in a somewhat dry, matter-of-fact style. The individuals named therein have little character or depth. I hope to rectify this by adding anecdotes and stories where I can. I have found a number of errors in the book: some typos, and some just plain wrong facts. I hope to correct these errors as well. Additionally, the authors recorded sources were somewhat cryptic. I plan to have full source documentation where possible.

I have completed the basic data entry into a manuscript that currently numbers close to 400 pages (one side only) and have already added much on my line of Troops from Kentucky and Tennessee.

This message to you is to solicit your information on the Throop/Troop/Troup line that you are researching. If you would be so
kind as to send to me a very basic outline (names and relationships only; no dates or places), I will send back to you what I have currently gathered if anything. You can then verify the accuracy of what I have and add whatever additional information you would like. I am focusing only on the male line so Troop women who marry will be recorded with
their husband's name but no information on their offspring will be included. I hope I do not offend anyone with this approach. I'm trying to keep the project manageble.

I will reimburse for all copying or postage if you decide to send something by US Snail. As expected, e-mail is always welcome. Please pass this message along to any other Troop researchers you may be in touch with.

As a small reward for your contributions to my efforts, I will send, without charge, one copy of the manuscript when it is complete. I would like to publish it and expect to have to place a charge on it to recover publication expenses but your copy will be free.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you at your earliest opportunity.

My very best regards,

Ralph Troop
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Ralph P. Troop
13647 Goodhart Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176-6107
rptroop@erols.com

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