This site is not here because I MUST do it, rather it is a labor of love and, on occasion, frustration. Since 1999, I have maintained this site using, primarily, my own funds and I have kept the site ad-free all these years. I am not a charity or non-profit corporation! In fact, I'm not a company at all! This is all me and now, I must depend on the generosity of our community of family that makes use of all these years of research. By the way, I'm still hard at it...researching and helping others that is.
I truly appreciate any and all donations and I am grateful to you for reaching out to help keep this site up and running while growing our family tree.
As I now live off my savings, I do need to ask others to support my efforts. If you have benefited from the content and resources here, please consider donating. No amount - no matter how small - is too small and every little bit helps. Any amount you'd care to give will help cover hosting and internet costs, software, research fees, and/or memberships in various organizations such as Ancestry or New England Ancestors which all help me to help you! As of 2023, running costs amount to over $1,200 per year covering the domain, network access, server space, no advertising, secure web page, etc.
If donations are out of the question, there are other ways to help! Consider, for example, linking Lachance.org to your own website (if you have one); telling your friends and family who are interested in family history about the site (use the "refer this site" section to make it easy), coming back often to see what's changed, and of course getting involved. If you use photos or information from this site, please link back to it or, at least, cite Lachance.org as the source.
Here's some things you can do to help without donating financially:
Add Your Family - by email, phone calls, letter writing, and directly through the database of our families.
Submit stories of your family and your ancestors -
Did they do something unique; did they tell you about their lives, just stories are always good.
Provide source documentation - many items are not currently sourced.
If you have documentation supporting any of our families, won’t you please consider scanning it and sending it to me?
Send Photos - It's always good to have photos with names.
While they are not published with the database, when I send you family reports, the photos and stories are included.