June E-Magazine Thursday, Jun 2 2016 

What’s It Mean? A-Z

Library Binding Institute (LBI): The main trade associating representing the binding industry. They collaborated with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) to produce the American National Standard fro library binding.

Line Spacing: Actual space between lines of text characters on a page.  The standard computer default of “single” can be “squeezed” or “expanded” as space allows.

Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.

For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary 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!

Design Inspiration

Here are what are considered standard industry terms with approximate heights:

Double elephant folio 50″
Atlas folio 25″
Elephant folio 23″
F = folio 15″ (coffee table book)
Q = quarto (4to) 12″ (telephone book)
O = octavo (8vo) 9″ (standard hardcover)
D = duodecimo (12mo) 7″ (standard paperback)
S = sixteenmo (16mo) 6″
T = twentyfourmo (24mo) 5″
thirtytwomo (32mo) 5″
fortyeightmo (48mo) 4″
sixtyfourmo (64mo) 3″

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Book Manufacturing Concepts

Benefits of our POD Publishing Offerings

  • True 600 dpi digital reproduction for high quality books.
  • Basic promotional pieces are easily designed, produced, and mailed as specified.

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Marketing advice

The same people claiming direct mail doesn’t net enough return also claim print is dead. Don’t discount direct mailing for promotion. Some content ideas include:

  • Offer free information that is of service to buyers (tips, tricks, hacks, advice, etc.)
  • Invite them personally to an event or to take advantage of your services
  • Further promotion: think of things you can do for your customers!

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Genealogy ideas

The Online Catalog for the California State Archives

Online access to summary descriptions of the vast documentary treasures maintained by the California State Archives. A division of the Office of the Secretary of State, the California State Archives is responsible for the management and preservation of state government records. Within the more than 300 million items in its collections are documents from the state’s first constitutional convention in 1849, land grant records of the Spanish and Mexican eras, campaign contribution statements, State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal case files, legislative committee files, original laws, papers of many of the state’s leading politicians, and large collections of photographs, maps, drawings, and audio/visual materials.

Computer aid!?!

Trying to locate something using an old bookmark/favorite that is no longer there? One of many options to try is the Wayback Machine at Archive.org. Currently in a handy search box at the top of the page, it searches previous versions of a lot of the internet. It’s not comprehensive, but is a user friendly way to “recover” material that has gone “missing.


Retreat 2016 New Speaker Tuesday, Mar 8 2016 

Joe Bott will be joining us at the retreat to discuss and enlighten us about many positive facets of his free web project Dead Fred. His online photo archive has harnessed the power of networking to put identifications to photographs for many years – since before crowd-sourcing was popular. Visit the Retreat online for more information.

February, 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Monday, Feb 2 2015 

As Google continues to drop and abandon services that have proven useful for the genealogist, don’t overlook Digital Archive as a possible new source: http://www.archive.org

January, 2014 Electronic Magazine – Genealogy Tuesday, May 20 2014 

Doing genealogy research in Washington State? Check out www.digitalarchives.wa.gov for records on births, marriages, deaths and lots more.

From – Becky Menzel
Genealogy Librarian
Spokane Public Library
906 W. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 444-5361

E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 5: Computer Aid & Genealogy Thursday, May 2 2013 

Have you looked online for digital archives of genealogy publications? Many organizations place previously unpublished records in their publications and have started allowing online access to back issues and/or indexes!

January 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Marketing Advice Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

Collaboration may need file exchanges. Online is the fastest, but email attachments can be a problem. Some online file exchange services include:

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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.

August 2009, V8#8: Genealogy Wednesday, Aug 5 2009 

The Vertical File

As interest in genealogy has expanded, libraries have accumulated letters, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, Bible records, research notes, charts, lineage society application forms – you name it, they probably have it. 

Librarians had no place to store this valuable information and would never consider throwing it away.  Consisting mainly of loose sheets of paper and brochures and pamphlets, these small items got lost on the bookshelves. 

With the creation of vertical files, the problem was solved.  Vertical files are simply labeled folders kept in filing cabinets.  Most libraries have them.  The experienced library researcher knows these folders are potential goldmines so they should be looked at regularly. 

Folder contents are usually not indexed or catalogued beyond a listing of folder titles.  The folders are alphabetized according to subject of the folder’s contents. 

In the Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library, the vertical files are kept in three cabinets.  The files are grouped by surname, Native American, place and miscellaneous subjects. 

If you are researching your family history, check with your nearest library to find out if it maintains a vertical file.  If so, that would be a good place to donate items that do not pertain to your family but might be a “treasure” to someone else. 

(This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on August 4, 2008.)

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

March 2009, V8#3: Genealogy Monday, Mar 2 2009 

Vancouver Public Library has produced a new resource of special interest to
genealogists with Chinese-Canadian roots.  The project also demonstrates
the use of wiki technology for genealogy-related purposes.

Chinese-Canadians: Profiles from a Community is a wiki-based project
developed in partnership with Library and Archives Canada.  The project
reflects the long history of the Chinese community in Canada.  The goal is
to create a portrait of the early Chinese-Canadian community by collecting
and sharing the stories of individuals of Chinese origin who were born in
Canada in the 19th century.

The core of the wiki is the transcription of a portion of a document
produced by the federal government in 1923, recording all individuals born
in Canada to parents of Chinese origin.   The transcribed portion
corresponds to 461 individuals born prior to 1901 and is linked to separate
profiles for each person.  Anyone can register for free and contribute to
the profiles, adding biographical details, photographs, document images and
other information.  Research tools are provided for those who would like to
help search for the stories of these early Chinese-Canadians in both online
and offline sources.

To view and participate in the wiki, go to http://ccgwiki.vpl.ca

From the Librarians Serving Genealogists E-List

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