America: A Family Perspective
Now the desire to write their story "“ in tandem with a firsthand account of the development of America herself - has become more compelling than anything I have ever experienced. This project has grown from something I may get around to someday, to something that eclipses everything else. It's as if all those ancestors (570 so far) are chanting from on high "Write our story! Write our story! We lived it you lazy so-n-so, all you have to do is write it!"
I have already completed the initial research on Ancestry.com, and have gone far beyond discovering all sixteen Great Great Grandparents. It turns out that my people pioneered just about everywhere they went, whether it was being among the first Europeans to settle in Virginia, Pennsylvania, western Mississippi and southwest Tennessee, or among the first to build in Cooper Young - the neighborhood in midtown Memphis that we've called home for the last 100 years.
But now the real work begins. I have given myself one year to write America: A Family Perspective. Apart from devoting April, May, and June to restoring the Apple family farm in Batesville, Arkansas, (during which time I will also write, of course), I see myself spending 2013 doing little else. I have set a budget for this project of $20,000. This includes my own time (which would otherwise be spent scratching out a living), travel for hands on research, editorial and research assistance, and production of the initial run of 500 copies.
Please know that I am extremely grateful that you are interested enough in my beloved project to have even read this far. Now all I ask is that you peruse the contribution levels with associated incentives, and consider tossing a few dollars into the kitty. Unlike similar online fundraisers, with my project you can make regular modest contributions, with the accumulated total over the course of the year earning you that level's incentive.
Thank you in advance for whatever assistance you may be willing or able to offer.
Even with only researching my direct parental pairs (parents, GP’s, 2nd GP’s, etc.), and stopping with the generation that crossed the pond, I have discovered a total of 460 ancestors. Obviously, nothing readable (or writable!) can include that many potential characters, so I’ve trimmed that down to where I’m comfortable with most of the storyline and players (in my head, as of yet unshared elsewhere.) I need to make one last deep research cross country road trip in the spring (meaning from Memphis to the NC coast, with a few dozen stops along the way.) In the meantime, thanks for your support and stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates!
I realize in a world where so many seem to be in need, it just doesn't make sense to think anyone would have a penny to spare for something so non-benevolent as a book, which is why I have decided NOT to ask for additional financial contributions. But you can still help make this dream come true by pre-purchasing a copy of the book, which you can do either in digital ($10), print-on-demand paperback ($15), signed first edition paperback ($25) or personalized first edition paperback ($50), formats. If you already have a copy coming, then you can help by sharing and asking your friends to 'Like' the book's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AmericaAFamilyPerspective. I am leaving the other incentives in place, but please be aware that I have a backlog of genealogical research already owed to previous contributors. (And man oh man, is that one hand tooled, leather-bound, hardcopy first edition going to be worth a mint after I win my Pulitzer!)
Thank you for your continued support. Next to building an ever bright and promising future with my Nancy, it is by far the most significant undertaking of my life.
Now how do I SHARE this on facebook?!?
This is the least I could do... Well I could have donated less, but I sure didn't want to donate $500 & risk finding out we're related! Love you, brother, & very excited to see the results of your efforts.