You may or may not know that I have been working for more than a year trying to produce a 2nd commemorative edition of TLM's book, "Descendants of Abraham LeSueur, the Huguenot, and Allied Families of NA."Her entire book is reproduced (with the exception of photographs that were of such a quality they would not stand for one more copying or were unidentifiable).
I have been through all the spelling variations of LEASURE at ROOTSWEB (probably ca. 25,000 names) at least half a dozen times trying to update, correct, justify, correlate, eliminate duplication, etc. I even typed Thelma's book completely twice because my computer crashed and I had to buy a new one.I am planning on releasing the book later this spring or summer on a CD that you will be able to look at and use print your own hard copy.I have more than 27,000 names of descendants, spouses, related family members, etc., where there were only about 6,000 listed in the first edition.I have drawn from the work of other people who have family trees posted at ROOTSWEB (maybe even yours) and have tried to be as faithful to their work as I could be.I'm sure there are errors, but please don't be mad--I wil be happy to correct them--even send out errata notices to purchasers--in the next go-round.I would like to include more photographs of people, places, even tombstones, so if you have treasured photographs of your parents or grandparents you would like to share, please send me a good quality xerox copy (the people at Kinko's or AlphaGraphics will be happy to help you get the best copy possible if you just ask and you only have to pay for the one you accept), I will be able to scan it and include it in the book.You can copy either B&W or color photos, but the copy you send will scan better if it's B&W.I have started a list of people who have already requested copies.It's in Family Tree Maker format, but it should be compatible with most major genealogy programs (at least that's what the Help section on Books my FTM program said).I decided to put it on CD due to the massive increase in volume due to all the hard work you have been doing and posting on the Internet.TLM's book had 6,000+ names and was about 800 pages; this book has 27,000+ names (and climbing) and is almost 1,500 pages at present.Much too unwieldy to try to bind into a hardcover volume that would be prohibitively expensive.
In the back of the book I have a list of all the researchers whose family trees I drew from, their e-mail addresses (as listed at ROOTSWEB) and their data base identifiers.So, if you find someone listed, ie. Gloria Kerns, and you want to look further at the family tree I posted at ROOTSWEB more than 5 years ago, you will see that my family tree is identified by the word, "askeyologist."Many identifiers are only numbers so you will have to find that number in my list, but it's only 1,000+ names long.
I hope you will find that the 2nd edition has revised, corrected, and updated more than it has introduced errors and problems.In the "Notes" on each individual, I have pointed out discrepancies between the 1st edition and the entry I have chosen to present.Granted, my decisions were arbitrary but I tried my best to eliminate mothers less than 13 or more than 60 years of age, siblings who have 30-40 years between them, babies born before or more than a year after the decease of one or both parents, and other fallacies.Where I couldn't, I left the entry as it was originally and commented on it in the "Notes".I have tried to bring as many direct lines of descent as possible forward to the past 25-30 years, so that the next generation of researchers will be able to easily determine where their families tie in.There are still many, many people still out there that I have been unable to tie to Abraham's family--for instance, Lucille LeSueur (otherwise known as Joan Crawford) has no known tie other than her name that I have been able to find, but won't it be exciting for the researcher who DOES find the secret?
Anyway, send me your copies of family photos (with IDENTIFICATION, please) and family stories you would like to share to Gloria Kerns, 6728 South 1655 East, Salt Lake City, UT84121. I wish I could tell you to fax it to me, but my fax machine is not of a quality that pictures transmit very well.You could e-mail them to me at , however. Please indicate if you would like to purchase a CD when it's ready and I will add your name to my list.All in all it's been a fascinating year, living with all you Leasures instead of just the one I married.You're a great bunch of people.I know you can't pick your relatives, but if it were possible to do so, I think no one would be ashamed to pick the LASHER-LASURE-LAZEAR-LAZIER-LEESURE-LEEZER-LEASURE-LEISURE-LESHER-LeSUEUR-LEZIER-(and other variations) family I have come to know.