The following is a reply from Alex Shields, Lacey's husband:
I was just cruising around online, and found some things on my wife, Lacey. I am sad to disappoint you all, but she has passed away. Earlier last year, we found out she had high blood pressure. Even though she was taking her medications, due to the stress she was under and other factors, her heart gave out on her. Hurricane Katrina was also another factor, as she was called up to work when "she" hit. She worked 16-20 hour days up until December. She did have a storage unit in New Orleans, that was storing all the information she had gathered, and books that had been published. From what she told me and from what I am hearing from other of her family members, information has been passed on, from generation to generation, to one particular person, for a reason. Lacey never said much of anything but that. I do apologize to all of you. We did not foresee a storm like this coming through Louisiana, not at least until we were already dead and gone. I have sent a request to the publishing company about what has happened to the books. I also have someone working on getting access to the cds Lacey put all the information she had, on them. The cds are encrypted. And with her working for a higher up agency, goodness only knows how long it will take to "crack" it. As soon as I have any information, I would like to pass this on to one of her family members to take care of all of it. Not only did Lacey get a lot passed down to her, but she put in ungodly hours on it. The last 3 years before her death, she did not even touch geneaology. Of course, the information she has, always needs to be updated. That was important to her.