Obituaries contributed by Lance Logan

Many thanks to Lance Logan for the following obituaries:

Emma Maxine White Logan obituary

Betty Laubhan obituary  (Betty’s obituary contains family photographs.)

Hubert Laubhan obituary (contains family photographs)

Lois Neel obituary (71 photographs in the photo gallery)

Bill Yost obituary

Sandra Yost obituary (37 photographs in the photo gallery)

Sara Judith Logan obituary

Gilbert Ruth obituary

Book orders: by states

We thought you’d be interested to learn which states are represented among folks who will be receiving Logan Connections (and how far our Logan roots have spread).  So far:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

(Kentucky: Where are you?)

The gift that keeps on giving

crestHave you considered donating a copy of Logan Connections to your local, regional, and state:

  • Library?
  • Genealogical society ?
  • Historical society?

You certainly want to have a personal copy for yourself and your family. But what about the wandering soul who comes to town to find out more about their roots? Not just now, but in a few years? Where might that person get more information? Where would they look? Their first stop is probably going to be the local library and genealogical or historical society.

Donating a copy would be a great way to help other family members and allied families looking for connections. Long after we’re gone, the book will remain to help guide and steer others in their quest for more information about their family — and themselves.

Please consider donating a copy of Logan Connections. It can be one of those “gifts that keeps on giving” and is a nice way to help others. Thank you.

(To help get us started, I’ve donated a copy to the Wisconsin State Historical Society Library in Madison.)

By the numbers…

Logan Connections by the numbers:

  • Two volumes
  • 38 chapters
  • Over 3,000 pages
  • Over 500 family profiles
  • Weight of the two volumes: approximately 16 pounds (yes, we know it’s odd to highlight a book by its weight. We’re aware that “critical mass” isn’t a guarantee of quality. But we’re simply stunned by that statistic and wanted to share it so you can have your chiropractic appointment already lined up when the book arrives!)

Postage for new book orders

Now that we’ve added a second volume to Logan Connections, we’re going to have to raise the cost of mailing to reflect (nearly) the actual cost of postage. THIS WON’T EFFECT ANY OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY ORDERED A BOOK OR BOOKS. But for NEW orders (January 2016 or after), the cost of mailing will rise to $12.50 for the two-volume set. This will make the total cost for the books and postage $50.

We want to assure you we’re using the least expensive mailing option, “media mail.” But the two volumes now weigh somewhere around 16 pounds so we have to do this.

Again, those of you who have already ordered Logan Connections don’t have to do anything or send any additional funds. This is for new orders beginning January 2016.


About our indexer

At a Logan family reunion in Kentucky many moons ago, Sue Pearson Carpenter, a distant cousin I’d never met, generously offered to index the in-the-early-works Logan Connections book when the time came for publishing. Far too long afterward, I took Sue up on her kind offer. (Yes, she was still eager and willing and as good as her word.)

Even as the book ballooned in size and scope and expanded from one volume to two, Sue never wavered. This was not an easy indexing task. Sue had to grapple with thousands upon thousands of names, many with a myriad of alternate spellings.

I don’t know what went on behind the scenes. Sue may have screamed in the night as the indexing seemed never to end, but she never uttered one discouraging word to me or indicated in any way that this Logan book was getting out of hand. Do you know how encouraging — and refreshing — that was? Especially when hard drives were crashing and visions of legions of upset family members were dancing in my head.

A big thank you to Sue Pearson Carpenter, Volunteer Extraordinaire!

About our publisher, Otter Bay Books

You might be curious about the publishing company for Logan Connections, Otter Bay Books. Otter Bay Books is located in Baltimore, Maryland. When we were looking for a publisher, we wrote to several genealogical publishing and printing companies. One name that kept coming up, the one referral we kept getting, was Otter Bay Books. Among those references was the New England Historic Genealogical Society, high praise indeed.

Long story short: Based on glowing recommendations, we checked out, then selected Otter Bay Books. We absolutely made the right decision. Otter Bay publisher, Ann Hughes, has been a fount of knowledge as well as a delight to work with. Her knowledge and experience have helped us get you the best possible book we could deliver. And, among other things, Ann has shared expertise to help us save costs along the way.

We couldn’t be more delighted. We believe you will be too when you see the final product.

Hard drive meltdown

Yes, we had the dreaded “hard drive meltdown” at the 11th hour of completing the book. As in, just before going to the printer. Yikes. We feared (briefly) we might have lost a couple of generations worth of work. Luckily, the Willy Tech Shop in Madison, WI, got us back up and running. We had a few minor glitches (we lost some picture captions), but mainly all we lost was time.

So, while we had hoped for an October, 2015, printing, we have instead a late January, 2016, printing. Many of you had hoped to give the book as a holiday gift. We’re sorry. But things are back on track and we’re good to go!