We have been collecting info. that goes back to William Getter's birth aboard ship in 1777. His parents were on board ship w. Gen. LaFayette. They came from the area where Germany, France, and Switzerland meet--Alsace Lorraine (sp.?)We have not been able to trace the Getters back in Europe. We know they settled in N.Y. before coming to Wisconsin. Please drop us a note on e-mail.