First Signing for Bearskin Biography Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

A book signing was recently held at the Wyandotte Nation Tribal Center, in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, for the release of a new book.  Kwa-hoo-sha-ha-ke, American Indian Warrior Hero, is a book about the life of Leaford Bearskin, Chief of the Wyandotte Nation. Written by noted local author and historian, Fredrea Cook, it was released in very limited edition. Published by the Gregath Publishing Company of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, books have already been shipped as far away as Australia.   The book touches on the life of Chief Bearskin, from early childhood in the Wyandotte Reserve to his current position as head of the Wyandotte Nation. His lengthy career as an Air Force bomber pilot in the South Pacific during World War II, where he flew 46 unscathed bombing missions, followed by 29 Berlin Airlift missions is covered in the publication. It also looks at his Federal Civil Service career of many years and some of the achievements of the past twenty-six years serving as Chief of his tribe. From modest conditions within the Wyandotte Reserve of the 1920’s to life as a head of state, the book gives a glimpse into the life of one man who has served his country for 40 years and his tribe for 26 years. Recently re-elected to another term as Chief of the Wyandotte Nation, Leaford Bearskin continues to envision, and work towards, better things for his people and community. A long time historian and genealogist, Mrs. Cook has written several books, including college level text books. She has also developed and taught genealogical research and writing classes for colleges and universities. A Director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, she also belongs to the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Oklahoma Historical Society and numerous historical and lineal organizations. Mrs. Cook and her husband, Fredas, make their home in the Twin Bridges area of Ottawa County.


2010 Genealogy Event Announced Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

The speaker and date for our 2010 event has been announced.

Deadline for registering for 2009 is Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Long Weekend Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Our front offices will be closed Friday, October 2, 2009. Email is always open though.

October 2009, V8#10: Marketing Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Another great thing about click & ship with USPS is that you have tracking numbers that can be emailed directly to the customer – at no extra charge.

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October 2009, V8#10: Production Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Though it may take a bit longer to prepare an e-book in PDF, for the genealogist, it’s universal enough that rarely does new hardware or software need to be purchased. The humble PDA makes a good PDF book reader.

Regardless of whether your e-book choice is by disk, download, or secure internet site, there are several advantages to publishing electronically – the most obvious is the lower cost of publication.

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October 2009, V8#10: Design Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Service of any type can be shown in many ways. Captions are always important, but don’t necessarily discard a photo if you can’t ID everyone in the shot. The caption may be used to give more information as well.

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October 2009, V8#10: Define Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Hardbinding Spotlight #3

Corners – Library: Each corner of the cover material is folded at a 45-degree angle that permanently affixes to the cover boards. All glued-off overhang shall be turned into the case. Meets library binding standard: ANSI/NISO/LIB Z39.78

Corners – Traditional: Overhang shall be cut away  at a 45-degree angle at each corner. All head and tale overhang shall be turned into the case, then the tip of the corner tucked in before the fore and back edges are permanently adhered. Meets library binding standard: ANSI/NISO/LIB Z39.78

Deluxe Hard CoverCover: The outer part of any book. Covers are generally labeled as hard or soft. Type of cover effects types of bindings possible.

End Sheet(s) (*Leaf/*end papers): The element of a hardbound book that consists of the “inside” of the covers and the first and last sheet of paper in the book.  The end sheets are adhered to the inside of the binding boards and attach to the book via a double hinge that includes a sheet of paper.

*Head: The top, specifically the edge, of the book.

Headband: A strip of embroidered cloth at the end of the spine, exending beyond the book block. Optional ALA element included in Gregath deluxe binding.

Hinge In: A paper or cloth strip may be adhered along the binding edge of the a page, or pages, to be added after the book has been bound, so that the strip extends beyond the binding edge. This can then be “hinged” into a “finished” book by pasting up the part of the paper or cloth strip that extends beyond the addition, and adhering the strip to the binding edge of a sheet (or leaf) in the text block.  This may also be used to change a given published page: cut the page to be replaced out of the existing book leaving as wide a bound paper strip as the binding margin will allow; follow instructions as above or – trim the replacement page to fit the published book (with extra paper to overlap bound strip); using an archival quality media, attach replacement page to bound strip.

* denotes a term that Gregath Publishing doesn’t normally use.

For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at and

Run across a word that you don’t understand?  Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

2009 Retreat Deadline Upon Us Tuesday, Sep 22 2009 

October 1 Deadline for registration: Genealogy Retreat on the lake

Speaker, Carrie Cook at MuskogeePaid registrants will be signed up for a private E-Group for shared updates and ongoing networking that includes an informal writer’s group atmosphere. Register by the end of next week or be left out.

This weekend Friday, Sep 18 2009 

If near West Seneca, Oklahoma this weekend, come to the Eastern Shawnee Pow Wow. Incoming President, Carrie Cook, is the photographer this year – track her down and say “Hi”.

FGS 2009 Grand Door Prize Winner Tuesday, Sep 15 2009 

Congratulations to Tim Pinnick, Gregath Company’s 2009 FGS Grand Door Prize Winner!

On Saturday at FGS, we had Greg Boyd of Arphax Publishing draw our winner. Timothy N. Pinnick, author of  Finding and Using African American Newspapers, was the name Greg drew out of the box. FGS 2009 Door Prize Winner

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