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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2001

    The LeValley e-mail list at RootsWeb is now one year old.  It is hard to believe we have been doing this for only one year, because we have accomplished so much.  Let's review:

    Twenty-eight people now subscribe to the list.  They represent four branches of the Peter LeValley family, two branches of the Xenia Ohio LeVally/LeValley group, two other previously known but unrelated LeValley families, and some new fragments that we haven't attached to anything yet.  Not surprisingly, the larger families have more subscribers.  It seems like I am doing most of the talking on the list, but I guess I don't mind if other people don't.

    We have a LeValley web site that--even without any fancy technological stuff--is getting high praise for its usefulness.

    In various branches of the family, we have made these major breakthroughs this year:

Peter>Peter Sr.
    Contacts with the King family have turned up more variations on the pirate story.

Peter>Christopher
    The Christopher Columbus LeValley fragment has been firmly attached here.

Peter>Peleg
    We learned of a historical novel based on the early LeValleys.

Peter>Cook
    Cook's grave was located, and names found for some of his daughters and granddaughters.  We discovered new Pennsylvania cousins descended from James Nelson's son Daniel.

Peter>Gardner
    Some of Gardner's daughters have been named.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    We have heard from a new cousin in California, and found a whole bunch of them in Oklahoma.

Xenia
    Marc LaValley, the leading expert on this line, has joined our group and is pretty much handling correspondence with his relatives.  He is now incorporating all of my limited information into his.

Valcartier
    Our very first accomplishment was in tracing this group across the ocean to the Channel Island of Alderney.

Joseph
    We learned of this family's immediate origins (as the Valley family) in Ontario.

Victor
    Many dates of living persons were added to this family tree.

    There have been less spectacular gains in almost every branch of every LeValley family.  It's been a productive year.
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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2002

    The LeValley e-mail list at RootsWeb is now two years old, and progress continues.

    Thirty-two people now subscribe to the list.  Much of our work this past year has been with the finally available 1870 and 1880 censuses.  And our web site has grown to include many new features.  These include people with LeValley as a first or middle name, and several early manuscripts: the Snow Manuscript on the family of Peter LeValley, several manuscripts on descendants of Peter's son John, Bible records from the family of Peter's son Michael, and the Paxson Manuscript about the separate Xenia, Ohio, LeVally/LeValley family.

    In the various branches of the LeValley families, we have made these discoveries:

Peter>Peter Sr
    The long-known Walla Walla, Washington group of LeValleys has been attached here.  This came as a surprise.

Peter>Christopher
    We have shared previously unseen documents from Lockport NY.

Peter>John Jr.
    Some cemetery tramping at Flint MI gave us more dates.

Peter>Cook
    We have shared some biographies and documents from Victoria IL.

Peter>Peleg
    A pile of newspaper clippings and a copy of The Basket Letters have yielded lots of fascinating details on the LeValley/LaValley family at Fernwood NY.

Peter>Gardner
    Another of Gardner's daughters has been identified.

Peter>Peter Jr
    We have learned more details of the Oklahoma LaValley bunch.

Charles F.
    I received an inquiry from a woman trying to locate her school friend from Hickman CA.  By the time we finished exchanging clues, she had found her friend, and I had found the link to this New England family.

Xenia
    Keith Cline from Part 2 of this family has joined us, bringing lots of fresh information.  All three branches of this group are now represented on the list.

Valcartier
    Michael Fragasso has joined us, bringing more information on the earliest generations.

Joseph
    The 1880 census revealed a previously unknown daughter.

Coldwater
    A new contact has updated part of this family tree.

Erskin
    We are speculating about a possible link to Cook's son John--just educated guesswork so far.

Less dramatic breakthroughs are happening almost everywhere.
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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2003

    The LeValley e-mail list at RootsWeb is now 3 years old.  Progress this year has been uneven.

    There are now 36 people subscribed to the list.  Much of our effort has gone into the newly available 1930 census.  The results--along with those from 1880--are now on the web page.

    Research in the various LeValley families has yielded this information:

Peter
    Not much has happened--mainly because I have been too busy with other things.  Only one branch shows a significant development:

Peter>Gardner
    For the fourth year in a row, I have been contacted out of the blue by someone who could identify another of Gardner's daughters.  That leaves three daughters still unaccounted.

Xenia
    Marc and I finally got our charts completely into agreement--sharing everything we both have.
    The Edna LeValley report has been posted onto the web page.

Valcartier
    A new contact sent lots of additional names and dates.
    We have speculated on identifying Daniel LeValley of Bucksport ME as the vaguely known second-generation Daniel who reportedly moved to the US and had children.

Prosper
    A researcher on a totally unrelated topic contacted us, trying to identify a clipping which happened to have an article by Victor LeValley on the back.  In the process, we learned about his career as a police reporter.
    Bible and other records of this family were added to the web site.

    So it has been a productive year or not--depending on which LeValley family you are researching.
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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2004

    The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now four years old, and we have 36 members.  This year, we got to see the 1910 census records for those states that were never soundexed.  That closes the final gap in the census records.

    As the Rhode Island Roots article on the movements of the Peter LeValley family had grown ten years old, I updated it and posted it on our web site.  Other features added this year include a most wanted page, the Social Security Death Index, LeValley authors, and the very few fragments on  black LeValleys.

    In specific branches of the LeValley families, we have made these breakthroughs:

Peter>Christopher
    Christopher's second daughter has been identified.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    A Bible record of the early California LeValleys has finally been located.

Coldwater
    A descendant of this line has recently identified the mysterious "Pony" LeValley as Joseph
LaValle (b. 1859 Quebec), son of Prosper.  We are waiting to see the evidence.  Assuming that it holds up, this is an important breakthrough.

    We continue to refine smaller details in other branches of the various LeValley families.
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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2005

    The LeValley group at RootsWeb has reached an anniversary of sorts.  We have been doing this for five years now.  When we first pooled our resources, we made some great leaps of discovery.  Since then, progress has slowed to a steady pace.

    This year, our web site continued to grow, with new pages on LeValley place names, veterans, and documents on the Coldwater Michigan Orphanage family.  We have also learned a little more from the 1900 census as the every-name version became available.

    Progress has varied from year to year in the separate branches of the LeValley families.  This year, we can report the following:

Peter>Peter Sr.
    Bonnie Knox is the first member of this branch to join us.  She brings with her the diaries of Lucinda LeValley Snow, whose son wrote the all-important Snow manuscript on early descendants of Peter LeValley.

Peter>Christopher
    A listing of the graves in Lansingville, Tompkins County, NY has helped us tie up a lot of early loose ends there.

Peter>Cook
    The last unnamed son of Cook has been tentatively identified as William LeValley, who lies buried at Charlton NY.  We still don't know much about possible descendants.

Peter>Gardner
    After years of searching, we are once again in contact with a living member of this tiny branch.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    Relatives in Oklahoma continue sending details of early family history there.

Xenia
    Marc has shared some updates on this large Ohio family.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2006
    The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now six years old.  We have 41 members with current e-mail addresses.  Our web site continues to grow.  This year, we expanded our two surname lists to full names, added a picture list, and added abbreviated family trees.

    For a few months, the Godfrey Library made a couple of powerful search tools available.  We were able to harvest the LeValley information on both before they disappeared from the Internet.  FindUSA enabled us to clear up two-thirds of our mystery telephone list.  This research has convinced me that--except for the Xenia LeVally/LeValley group--our days of discovering whole new lines are past.  We have accounted for most of the people out there.  The same search tool revealed several maiden names and later married names.  The Godfrey Library's no-longer-available file of small-town newspapers yielded many details on LeValley settlements in California and parts of Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  (More remains on the Xenia Ohio group, but nobody got it before it disappeared.)

    Also for a brief time, Ancestry.com made some lists available.  We were able to glean the 1870 census and World War I draft cards.  Their partial list of World War II veterans helped us expand that list too.

    And we must acknowledge the legwork of Kathleen Pettycrew, who spent part of her vacation checking out mystery LeValley weddings in Las Vegas.  Several families benefited from her effort.

    Progress on specific lines happened mainly in the Peter LeValley family.  Judy Newman visited the original house in West Warwick, RI, and reported that renters are not keeping the place up.

Peter>Peleg
    The remaining two novels of the Freedom Quest trilogy have been published.  They are loosely based on early LeValley history.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    A living daughter of Burton LeValley of Colorado has finally been located.  Also the Godfrey Library's file of Los Angeles Times articles turned up many juicy details on the LeValleys there.
    Years of searching misspelled census records enabled us to piece together much of Reuben LeValley's family in Oklahoma.   That branch had grown so large that I peeled off the Oklahoma part (who have always spelled their name LaValley) and made them a separate branch.

Peter>Benjamin
    Descendants of the Philadelphia LeValleys are providing old photographs and newspaper clippings.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2007

    The LeValley e-mail list at RootsWeb is seven years old.  Even after the machinery recently expunged several obsolete addresses, we have 45 active researchers on the list.

    This year, we have done much posting of census information on our web site.  Heritage Quest first made their heads-of-household electronic indexes available for 1790-1820, 1860, and 1900-20.  Some months later, Ancestry made available their comparable indexes for 1830-40, and their every-name electronic indexes for 1860 and 1900-20.  Doing the smaller set first was not a waste of time, because each index contains several names that the other missed.  We have now posted every census year in the fullest detail available.

    Ancestry's expanded military database helped us double our list of Korean War veterans.

    Research on specific families happened mostly in the Peter LeValley family this year.  A brief subscription to Genealogy Bank brought us more newspaper clippings--many from Rhode Island.  We also made progress in these branches:

Peter>Christopher
    A military record of James has been found--but still not for the Revolutionary War.

Peter>John Jr.
    The Bible records of John Jr. and his son Christopher came to us in a very roundabout way--having passed through the hands of very distant cousins descended from each of the original Peter's sons.

Peter>Cook
    Newspaper clippings gave us a little more information about Cook's presumed son William.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    We have been contacted by an apparent descendant of the elusive Reuben LaValley of Oklahoma.  Establishing firm links is difficult because we are dealing with two or three generations of people who married frequently, and seldom listed the same birthdate twice.

Peter>Caleb
    The Rhode Island newspapers revealed more about Caleb's estranged marriage.

Not much has been reported this year from the other LeValley families.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2008

    The LeValley list at RootsWeb is eight years old, and we have reached a milestone of 50 active researchers.

    This year, we slightly expanded the books page on the LeValley web site by identifying the initials of contributors to scientific journals.

    Specific progress has happened in three different LeValley families:

Peter
    Judy Newman sent her fine picture of the original LeValley house in West Warwick, RI, and I turned it into a card.  We have also received tombstone pictures of Christopher's descendants in both Lockport NY and Fairgrove MI.

Valcartier
    A major breakthrough here.  We had long been aware of Daniel's descendants, and of his origin in Alderney in the Channel Islands.  A few years ago, we learned that two of his brothers and their widowed mother accompanied Daniel to the Quebec area.  Now new research by Shelley Murray reveals that nearly all of the ten siblings eventually came, though at least one nephew's family remained in Alderney for several more generations.

Prosper
    We were contacted by a woman whose mother's dying wish was that the World War II navy ring of her long-ago sweetheart, Victor LeValley Jr., be returned to its original owner.  With Elise's help, we were able to connect the woman to Victor's wife, who gave him the ring as a Christmas surprise.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2009

    The LeValley list at Rootsweb is nine years old, and membership has dropped slightly to 49.

    The big endeavor this year has been our DNA test sampling of almost every LeValley family in America--plus most branches of the larger families.  While we wait for the last results to come in, we can now see that the separate LeValley families are not closely related on either side of the ocean.  We still continue to exchange information.

    Preparing for the test brought renewed contact between the various LeValley families.  We have made progress in these families and branches:

Peter>Christopher
    We learned details of Lorne's daughter in Saskatchewan--a longstaanding mystery.

Peter>Cook
    Judy shared Leonard's Bible records, which are now on the web site.
    Nina Arbios got me a copy of the Otterson family book, which contains many LeValley details.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    Brief access to online marriage and divorce records in California and Nevada clarified some much-married LeValleys.
    We have been contacted by a descendant of Reuben's daughters with a few more fragments of information.

Valcartier
    With so much information now known on the immigrant generation, it seemed appropriate to add to our web site the records of Alderney in the Channel Islands.

Charles F.
    A few documents have been added to our web site.

Andrew Jackson
    We have made new contacts and cleared up a mystery or two.  Recently posted old Nevada newspaper clippings are filling in details on one man the family knew little about.

Coldwater
    In trying to arrange the DNA test, we came across an adopted son with lots of updates on his near relatives.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2010

    The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now ten years old--an anniversary of sorts.  Membership remains steady at 49.  For the first time, we have a descendant of Peter LeValley's grandson Peleg on the list.

    But after last year's huge DNA effort, we have very little progress to report this year.  Footnote.com made its newspaper archives available for a month, which was nowhere near enough time to sort through the more than 2,500 mentions at Dayton IA, where one branch descended from Peter's grandson Cook settled.  Wading through those records continues.

    Progress on all other lines has been small this year.  Yet we have come a long way since we began this list and web site ten years ago.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2011

    The LeValley list at Rootsweb is eleven years old, and membership remains steady at 49.  This despite the fact that Marc LaValley, the main researcher of the Xenia OH LeVally/LeValley family, died during this past year.  We have no progress to report from that group.

    The Peter LeValley family has seen mild advances in most of its branches:

Peter>Peter Sr.
    The LDS pilot program briefly allowed searches by mother's maiden name.  We found out what had become of some of the LeValley girls who married and moved far away.

Peter>Christopher at Columbiaville MI
    Important documents and pictures from the Eleanor LeValley estate came into the possession of Paul LeValley.  We finally got to see the original Tibbits manuscript, and found copying errors.  Other researchers in this line straightened out Phebe's maiden name.

Peter>Cook at Dayton IA
    We finished wading through all the newspapers at footnote.com--and learned lots more interesting details of daily life.

Peter>Peter Jr. in California
    We found a skeleton in the family closet.  The Paradise Genealogical Society sent newspaper clippings of a sensational murder trial that nobody in that part of the family had mentioned.

Peter>Peter Jr. in Oklahoma
    A new contact sent some historic pictures.

Peter>Benjamin
    The published ancestry of Nancy LeValley Davol confirmed things we had already figured out by other methods.

Prosper
    Charles LeValley visited me, so we met for the first time after years of correspondence.  He made minor corrections to that family tree.

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PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2012

    The LeValley list at RootsWeb is twelve years old, and membership has dropped to 45.  That has happened as people changed e-mail addresses without telling us.  No one new has joined the list since November 2010.  But we measure our success in what we have learned and what we have shared.  Knowledge is cumulative, and we have piled up a lot in the last twelve years--ever so much more than we could have without this list.


    Brief access to the amateurish family trees people have posted on Ancestry brought us some death dates and second marriages--also a few pictures.  But the early parts of those trees are corrupted with every inaccuracy floating on the Internet.

    California voting records have clarified the identities of a couple of mystery women in the Peter LeValley family branch H, and the Prosper LeValley family.

    Progress on specific lines:

Peter>Peter Sr.
    We learned sadly that the nineteenth-century addition to the original LeValley house has been torn off.  We also learned of additional children from Stephen's second marriage, and some published history of the King family.

Peter>Peter Jr.
    We have received old pictures from Colorado.

Charles F.
    We have pushed back one more generatiion.

Prosper
    We now have the dates of Prosper's daughters.

Valcartier
    The LeVallee-LeGallee marriage has been cleared up.


PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2013

    The LeValley list at RootsWeb is now thirteen years old, and membership remains steady at 45.

    This year, the 1940 census indexes became available, but they told us little that we didn't already know.  More valuable were the state censuses of New York, where they kept such spotty birth, death, and marriage records.

    The Peter LeValley family were delighted to hear that the original house in West Warwick RI has been bought by people interested in restoring what is left of it.

    Other than that, this has not been a big genealogy year.


PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2014

    The LeValley list at RootsWeb in now fourteen years old.  There has been some coming and going, with membership lately rising to 47.

    There is not a lot of progress to report this past year.  We did find more examples of LeValley as a middle name.

    In the Peter LeValley family (line of Peter Jr.), we were able to untangle some Oklahoma records when we concluded that there were two Ida LaValleys--probably sisters-in-law.  That's the only recent breakthrough in our research.


PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2015

    The LeValley list at Rootsweb is fifteen years old--a milestone of some sort.  Membership is holding steady at 48 people from several apparently unrelated LeValley families.

    The only progress we have heard about this past year has been in the Peter LeValley family of Warwick RI.  Renovation of the original house has apparently stalled, with pictures of the stripped-down interior available online.  We have been contacted by a researcher on the life of Rev. Pigott (with whom Peter traded houses), and are hoping he can locate the other house in Marblehead MA where Peter lived first.  We have received a few pictures of descendants of Peter's youngest son Michael in Colorado.  And we learned more details about Michael's descendants when marriage records from Colorado and Oklahoma became available online.

    Ohio marriage records also became available at the same time, but we have no report of anyone from the Xenia LeVally/LeValley family checking them out yet.


PROGRESS REPORT--JUNE 1, 2016

    The LeValley list at Rootsweb is sixteen years old, and is holding steady at 48 members.

    There has not been much genealogy work this year, because I have been busy moving and preparing my art history book for publication.
 Ancestry has posted quite a few more marriage records, so we were able to fill in some missing dates and places.

    Peter LeValley family:  A very interesting old court case from Lockport NY is now online, and reveals hidden details about one of the LeValley women.

    I have not heard about research on other lines.




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