November 2006, V5 #11: Design Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Specific suggestions while deciding index entry/item framework:

  • Compound (Smith-Jones), hyphenated (Jim-Bob), and foreign (Los Dio) names should also be cross referenced.

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October 2006, V5 #10: Genealogy Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Part of a genealogy or history related service or social organization? Consider having an ancestor round table. Everyone bring their knowledge and an ancestor. In turn, each give a brief case study of the ancestor and ask for suggestions of your fellows. If you have enough members interested, it could even be open to the public as a membership event, or fund raiser.

October 2006, V5 #10: Marketing Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Options that will not add to the cost of a periodical may include: 

  • Turn the reverse side of the mailer into a full Renew Now notice.

  • Add a renew now line to the masthead (top of the front page of the issue).

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October 2006, V5 #10: Production Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Add to your printed book for pennies

Hybrids:  Disks can be placed in envelopes or slim-line jewel cases to be delivered (or shrink wrapped) with printed books, or spindles may be attached to the end sheets to secure a CD in a hybrid book. Content ideas for this include:

  • Containing original manuscript in digital form.  Example – prepared in MS Word, the reader can use the Edit+Find command just like a search engine. Also editing & updating can be accomplished by the reader. This makes an excellent handicapped edition that can be shipped with the printed book, or sold separately.

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October 2006, V5 #10: Design Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Specific suggestions while deciding index entry/item framework:

  • If you plan to include nicknames or AKA, decide how you will be formatting them. Do not format them the same as maiden names. We suggest nicknames in quotes “Bob”, and maiden names in parenthesis (Blu).

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October 2006, V5 #10: Define Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Tail: The bottom edge of a leaf, board, or bound volume; that is, the surface on which a volume rests when shelved upright.

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September 2006, V5 #9: Computer Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Larger Type (MS Word and Internet Explorer – at least)
Software: (Mis)Spelling with Microsoft

While this trick may work with other programs, it seems to work like a dream in most MS Office programs. Do you have a word that seems misspelled but you don’t want to run the spell check? Right click the word, a option menu will pop up with several alternatives. Just click the correct on and the word will be fixed without having to run spell check.

September 2006, V5 #9: Genealogy Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Every Genealogist Needs a Will by Frederick E. Moss, J.D., LL.M

From Federation of Genealogical Societies “FGS Delegate Digest”  Volume 13, No. 9, July 2006

Do you have a current will?  We may not all have extensive property or possessions to dispose of but there are other benefits that can be realized by expressing our desires through a last will and testament.  If you have minor children, you may suggest a more appropriate guardian than a court might appoint in the absence of your direction.  If you nominate an executor you can trust, you may reduce the expenses taken out of your estate by waiving bond and accounting.  These and other measures your attorney may suggest can insure that taxes and other charges are minimized that would otherwise reduce the estate available to your intended beneficiaries.

 Genealogists may have come to appreciate the value of wills as a source of information to future generations.  Lawyers will normally include the basic information declaring the testator’s name and domicile and will address the testator’s wishes for the disposition of his property to named beneficiaries.  Our legal training will not always direct our attention to the information-sharing and preservation opportunity that the drafting of a will provides.
  Discuss with your lawyer the possibility of including what I have called a three-generation declaration similar to the following:
 
 “I, Joseph Abraham Moss, was born the 23d day of January 1853 in Gordon County, Georgia the son of Johnson Moss and the former Sarah Caroline Love.  I married Charlotte Jane Roberson, the daughter of Thomas Howery Roberson and the former Emaline Lewis, on the 5th day of January 1873 in Crawford County, Arkansas.  Our son, Thomas Johnson Moss was born the 8th day of December 1875 in Crawford County, Arkansas.  Our son, James Monroe Moss was born the 26th day of September 1876 in Crawford County, Arkansas. Our daughter, Sarah Emaline Moss was born the 27th day of September 1878 in Crawford County, Arkansas.  Our daughter, Mary Inez Moss was born the 30th day of March 1880 in Crawford County, Arkansas. . . .”
 
There may be circumstances where it may be inappropriate to go into this level of detail and you should do so only with special care for insuring the accuracy of the information provided.  Although wills become public records when admitted to probate upon the death of the testator, triggering our sensitivities about publishing data on living individuals, the limited distribution these papers normally receive minimizes the risk of abuse.  
 
But if you do chose to do so, to paraphrase Proverbs, the genealogists among your great-grandchildren will rise up and call you blessed. 

September 2006, V5 #9: Marketing Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Options that will not add to the cost of a periodical may include: 

  • If label producer can do this, add “RENEW NOW”, or “Last Issue” to last issue label.

  • If all subscribers expire at the same time, add a renew now note to the outside of the mailer on the same side as the delivery information.

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September 2006, V5 #9: Production Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Add to your printed book for pennies

Hybrids:  Disks can be placed in envelopes or slim-line jewel cases to be delivered (or shrink wrapped) with printed books, or spindles may be attached to the end sheets to secure a CD in a hybrid book. Content ideas for this include:

  • Containing color photos where black and white were used in the printed book.

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