Ottawa County Genealogical Society to Host Carrie Ann Cook as Speaker Friday, Apr 29 2011 

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 16, 2011, in the Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend this free event. 

Presenting the program will be Carrie Ann Cook of the Twin Bridges area. Topic for the evening will be “Valuating & Evaluating Your Sources”. The basic debate is which standard is golden when researching family history. This lecture will explain the value and use of both the newer Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and the older Preponderance of Evidence, as integrated into a thriving research plan. 

Carrie Ann Cook is a published author, illustrator and free-lance photographer. She holds an AA and BS in Elementary Education. Having certified for teaching in several states, she has taught elementary classes as well as genealogy, writing and computer classes at the Northeast Technology Center, Afton, Oklahoma, as well as briefly serving the Miami Public Library as the Genealogy Department. Miss Cook has served in library and archival capacities for many years and participated in numerous ProQuest and Genealogical Library workshops and seminars. Her company continues to present professional workshops and seminars in library, archival, genealogical and historical areas. She has been lecturing across the country on genealogical and historical topics for nearly two decades. Currently, she serves as president of the Gregath Company, Inc. Carrie has been active in various professional, service and lineal organizations throughout the years, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies and Genealogical Speakers Guild.


E-Zine, April 2011 – Marketing Tuesday, Apr 5 2011 

Never feel that you are not a representative of your work. Even best selling authors, and those who have sold all the rights to their work can negatively or positively effect their book’s reputation and sales.

E-Zine, April 2011 – Production Tuesday, Apr 5 2011 

To meet accepted standards, side sewn books must not be more than 3/8 inch thick and have less than 3/4″ gutter (interior) margin. Less binding margin will lead to broken spines as the readers seek the knowledge on the interior of the pages. Side stitching employs a lock stitch. Gregath standards do not allow for rounded spines – we offer a flat-back spine standard. This is mainly due to economy as the rounding process is an extensive step.

Please note that, though LBI standards do not endorse color lamination, this product meets or exceeds as many standards for quality, durable binding as we could find.

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E-Zine, April 2011 – Design Tuesday, Apr 5 2011 

If there is no bleed on the cover layout, the layout size should exactly reflect the size of the book. For instance a 6×9″ book with enough pages to require a 1″ margin would produce a cover file of 13×9″. The actual size of the published book would be slightly smaller because after the book is produced, it is trimmed top, bottom and binding margin to achieve a clean look.

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2011 Travel Update Monday, Apr 4 2011 

Trying to plan when and where to travel for research this year? More information from us about our research trips might be helpful. Please note the addition of specific reservation dates for each from earlier releases below:

  • April 14, 2011 Muskogee, OK – $50.00 **Reserve your space by Wednesday, April 6
  • June 1-2, 2011 Topeka, KS – $150.00 **Reserve your space by May 9
    July 1-17, 2011 Washington DC – Land only $800.00 (during NIGR) **Canceled due to lack of interest
  • August, 5-6 2011 Oklahoma City, OK Skill Building & Research – $150.00 **Reserve your tour space by July 8
  • September 15, 2011 “Choose your own adventure” Northwest AR – $55.00 **Reserve your space by September 1 – travelers will have input on preferred stop(s)
  • October 29-30, 2011 Back To Basics Retreat – $175.00 **Reserve your space by paid reservation October 1
  • November 3-7, 2011 Dallas/Ft. Worth **Reserve your space by June 1 with a $300.00 deposit: Corresponds with 118th General Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and includes Ft. Worth Hilton double occupancy, all tolls, parking and taxes, at least one casual dining meal and surprises.