AN AMERICAN STORY - THE CUTLER FAMILY
Commemorating life and work of Kenneth Ross Cutler (1920-2006)
Ken spent over half a century communicating with family members, visiting libraries, churches, courthouses, hospitals and cemeteries in an effort to gather accurate genealogical documents relating to the descendants of James Cutler, who was born in 1606, and came to North America in 1634.
Ken Cutler's research resulted in the collection of many public records, testimonials, photographs, audio, film and video tapes that preserve the heritage, dreams, values, struggles and achievements of this family.
These records have been published in 2 books (cataloged in the Library of Congress) and a census update published on a CD-ROM in 2006.
The first book "An American Story - The Cutler Family" was published in 1960 and is cataloged in the Library of Congress.
The second book, published in 1976, is a census update to the 1960 book, and included comments by family members about what they were doing and hoped to do in the future.
The CD-ROM, distributed to over 400 family members in 2006, included the above publications and updated documents grouped into 31 tenth-generation "branches", the great-grandchildren of Collins Ives Cutler. As of December 2003, all 443 descendants of Collins Ives Cutler (generation 7) had been accounted for, 359 then living.
Near the end of his life, Ken (dad, to me) assembled a pictorial autobiography, which is published here for the first time. No words, no distribution list - just something for him and those who knew and loved him to reflect upon...
Like my father, I have been a historian, and felt privileged when he entrusted me with the ongoing preservation of these records. The CD-ROM and this website were the best that could be done with our combined efforts by 2006.
Because the family tree included 6th cousins (most of whom do not know one another) he turned over the ongoing responsibility of maintaining future family records to volunteer "Branch Managers", who were in better contact with their immediate families.
People move an average of every 5 years. Names change. Privacy concerns have caused many to be limit information about themselves on the Internet and even have unlisted phone numbers. It is up to the Branch Managers to update their own family trees.
For these reasons, Branch Managers can provide photos, family tree charts, names and vital statistics. From henceforth, this website shall publish only genealogy documents that are of public record or family member submitted. NOTE: Each family member is responsible for his/her own information and selection of pictures, assisted by other family members as appropriate. No cash contributions will be accepted for this project, and no commercial use of the information will be permitted.
Family members can build their own websites using the examples below, or by using multitudes of web development tools. There are several genealogical societys and websites that allow the public to browse and contribute to their records.
Updates to the following links are being made (Nov-Dec 2010)
Some do not work yet...
MAIN CONTENT LINKS
Cutler family member profiles
Family History Books
1 - The Cutler Family - An American Story 1634 - 1960
( Interactive Web Browser Version )
About These Documents
- Dedication -
image above is a photograph of a brass plaque.
Twelve days after this site was published and mailed on CD-ROM to over 400 family members, Ken passed away.
- Craig Cutler
CD-ROM and documents compiled by AmericanMultimedia.Com