This book is a collection of newsletters published by Violet White Smith of Chicago, IL and Tampa, FL between 1919 and 1932.
Violet, great-granddaughter of Henry White (1767-1851) and Margaret Reynolds (1763-1843), traced five generations, all the
way to 1932 family marriages, births and deaths. The newsletters contain a wealth of genealogical information and much more.
In his Foreword for this 2003 compilation, Dr. Leslie E. Soper writes:
Genealogy, history, news, poetry (nearly all doggerel, but the Milkman’s Ode is worth the price alone), travelogue (“Pike’s Peak or Bust” is classic), opinion, and plagiarism – Violet did it all. We
don’t know what happened to her but her passion for the Whites – any White- will never be matched and it lives on in THE
WHITE FAMILY RECORDER.
The White Family Recorder has been transcribed and enhanced with a detailed Index and
Descendant Tree. It is 8.5" x 11", 300+ pages, and spiral bound with clear vinyl covers.
UPDATE - February 7, 2004: Since printing the WFR and creating this website nearly a year ago, I've discovered so much more about Violet - correspondence and questionnaires she sent to family members, a 10th newsletter (Vol. III, No. 2), and finally, the answer to a previously unsolved mystery, Violet's obituary. I've also documented and expanded some of Violet's family tree info with census data. Ideally I'll eventually get all of this information posted to this site. Meanwhile, if you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to send me an e-mail.
UPDATE June 14, 2009: A few years ago I created a myfamily.com website for descendants who purchase a White Family Recorder to connect with one another. My original email address through Insight is no longer valid because Comcast bought out Insight. I still receive mail at