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Solicitation for Assistance for Totatiche Historian/Genealogist

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By Visitor - Posted on 21 February 2006

Message from lareina2@... lareina2@...

You can count me in for a contribution.  Just let me know the details. 

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From: arturoramos2
Sent: Feb 20, 2006 1:19 PM
Subject: [ranchos] [Nuestros Ranchos] Solicitation for Assistance for Totatiche Historian/Genealogist

Last month I mentioned that I met with Esteban Valdes Salazar, "cronista" from Totatiche, Jalisco and genealogist who has published a number of very valuable books.  He is in the midst of trying to publish a second edition of the now sold out Historia de Totatiche as well as a new book on the genealogy of the Pinedos and Ortegas of Totatiche.

He has transcribed a whole series of early land titles and is the only historian who has seen the old Fransican convent records from Colotlan from the 1600s.  He is helping Samuel Sanchez get those filmed as we speak.

He is very strapped for money and is trying to raise money to publish these works and I promised him I would try to get some donations.  I have already received some from a couple of generous Ranchos members.  My parents are headed back down to Mexico in a couple of weeks and I would like to send the donation down with them.  Please let me know if you would be willing to contribute, however small an amount.  I will make the donation on behalf of the group and will list the names of the contributors in my letter to him.

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Message from Arturo Ramos arturo.ramos2@...

For anybody who would like to donate, please send the money to my
attention. If you would like to send a personal check, please send it
my name, and I will have my father deliver it in cash or a single
combined money order. There are no banks in Totatiche and therefore
dealing in personal checks can be troublesome. I will of course obtain
a receipt for your donation.

If you do not feel comfortable doing this, please obtain a postal money
order in the name of Esteban Valdes Salazar, as some of the shops in
town exchange money orders.

My mailing address is:

Arturo Ramos
1225 13th Street NW Apt 412
Washington DC 20005

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