June 2009, V8#6: Computer Friday, May 29 2009 

Can I do webpages easily myself?

Webpages can be done easily with Microsoft Word, but that’s only half the battle. For a basic billboard/order page, just use a free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program you can download for free.  Build your page like any other document. When saving, choose “save as” a web page – usually named index (check your ISP for naming requirements). Next, FTP your MS Word built file to your online address (URL-Universal Resource Locator). For a nice author site, you’ll want your own domain i.e. yourname.com or yourbook.com, as well as an easy to navigate site that contains several informational pages.


June 2009, V8#6: Genealogy Friday, May 29 2009 

Newspapers Reveal Towns And Ancestors’ Past

The hometown newspaper offers valuable and unique insight into the life of a community.  Within its pages, the story of the town and its citizens is revealed.  The citizens are our ancestors.

Details of an ancestor’s life are often found only in the newspaper.  Besides obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, peruse the gossip columns, society and lodge news, letters to the editor, legal notices and sports page.

Small towns and weekly newspapers are often the best.  They contain more personal local news and less state and national.  This is great for the genealogist.

Newspapers are also an excellent source for local history.  Sometimes, they are the only source.  Editors tend to have “their ear to the ground” and know what is happening.  Their articles on local events, politics and news may be the only record available or maybe the articles will suggest avenues for further research.

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) maintains the largest collection of Oklahoma newspapers.  The collection is not only the largest but also the most complete collection in the state.  It is estimated that they own over 90% of all newspapers published in Oklahoma.  The collection consists of over 4,000 different newspapers.  The newspapers are on 35,000 rolls of microfilm.

To learn if the society owns a particular newspaper consult the newspaper database found on the society’s web site —http://www.okhistory.org/research/collections/newspapers.html.

In 1998 a paper listing of the collection was published.  Titled Index of Oklahoma Newspapers, the newspapers are alphabetized by title and by county.  The Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library owns a copy of this index.  These newspapers are not available through interlibrary loan.

Copies of articles from the newspaper collection are available.  The fee is $10 for Oklahoma residents.  OHS members receive a 10% discount of copy costs.  To order, the “Newspaper Order Form” must be completed and submitted.  Download the form at www.okhistory.org/research/forms/newspaperform.html.

(This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on May 19, 2008.)

June 2009, V8#6: Marketing Friday, May 29 2009 

Digital books and tear sheets are a greener alternative to high quality published books, as the industry, make ready, waste standard is 10%. Though traditional tear sheets may be available with offset books, free of charge.

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June 2009, V8#6: Design Friday, May 29 2009 

No book is required to have large headers or footers. This area is generally where the page number goes, but it is not required.

Other ideas for information in headers or footers:

  • Webpage address

  • Other contact information

  • Quotes

  • Copyright statement/Release of Copyright statement

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Misc. Update: Marketing & FAQ Monday, May 11 2009 

More information is being added to marketing, and our FAQ’s are moving. Please visit and update accordingly.

Spring Tour Updates Friday, May 8 2009 

Prices have been set for our next tours:

Independence, MO: May 27-28, 2009, $135.00 based on double occupancy.

Topeka, KS: July 8-9, 2009, $145.00 based on double occupancy.

Space is limited, so reserve your trip today. Paid reservation deadline for both trips is May 15, 2009, or until space is filled.

May 2009, V8#5: Genealogy Wednesday, May 6 2009 

Recently the Missouri History Museum launched the Genealogy and Local
History Index — http://www.mohistory.org/genealogy — which includes
references to hundreds of thousands of our St. Louis ancestors. In this
index, you can search by personal name, business/corporate name, or
street address. (The latter search option is designed primarily for
those researching the history of their home and its former residents.)
You can also sign up for our email list to receive monthly announcements
of new sources that are added to the index.


Among the more than 225 sources in the Genealogy and Local History Index
are the following: more than 5,000 Civil War-era loyalty oaths signed by
St. Louisans; many high school and other school yearbooks from the first
half of the 20th century; local Who’s Who publications; company employee
magazines; a few mid-19th-century, nonfederal St. Louis-area censuses;
questionnaires filled out by World War I servicemen; records and
publications relating to Civil War veterans; and much more.

Please note that the Genealogy and Local History Index is an INDEX to
selected books, publications, documents, and photographs in the holdings
of the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. You cannot
view a digital image of the actual source online. If you find references
in the index that interest you, you can request a photocopy online.
(Copies will be mailed in 1-2 business days.)

Please also visit our new Family History–Get Started page —
http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/get-started — to learn
about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes.

Read more about the Genealogy and Local History Index in the current
edition of Voices, the online magazine of the Missouri History Museum:

From the Librarians Serving Genealogists E-List
Submitted by Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference, Missouri History Museum

May 2009, V8#5: Marketing Wednesday, May 6 2009 

Digitally, choose your pages and quantity of tear sheets – they will all be first rate printed pages. One and two sided sheets are available. Use a one sided sheet as paper to send promotional letters on. Customers printing 100 books+ can buy these in any quantity at 50% off their cost of book printing. Not printing 100 books? Inquire about current fees.

Flat printed on one or two sides, 8½x11″ (or your book size) on book paper. 

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May 2009, V8#5: Production Wednesday, May 6 2009 

Online Copyright Registration

If you have you manuscript fully digitized, online registration is the suggested method. We can do it for you, or you can do it easily on your own. Some sort of high speed internet connection is suggested, for ease. You complete the form, pay, and submit your digital manuscript through the Library of Congress secure server. The registration fee is less than registering by mail, and you don’t have to surrender two published books for their shelves.

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May 2009, V8#5: Design Wednesday, May 6 2009 

No book is required to have large headers or footers. This area is generally where the page number goes, but it is not required.

Generally found in headers or footers:

  • Book Title

  • Chapter/Title

  • Author

  • Page Number

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