March 2005, V4#3: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Q. Will my book be archival and/or acid free?

A. It depends on how technical your definitions of acid free and/or archival are. This webpage has been provided for further education. Short Answer:  Our books meet several standards and are considered by many to be acid free. 

We utilize the offset printing method and/or digital copying and a variety of binding processes. These methods add a small percentage of acidic material while printing on any paper. We have yet to find any publishing process that is totally (100%) acid free, even if printed on high cotton (or “rag”) content, acid free paper. Additionally, the first bare hand that touches any acid free material also introduces acid to it.  However, by Gregath’s use of pH balanced paper (commonly referred to as “acid free”), your book will be over 99% acid free and will last for several decades – depending upon the owner’s treatment of the book.

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/archival.html

December 2002, V1#4: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Having trouble deciphering old records?  In addition to spidery hand (which can’t be helped) and bad reproduction (you might seek out another copy – even in microfilm), a culprit may be differing styles of writing.  Check out information on old handwriting.  One example if the instance of double s’s (ss) was often written like a misshapen lowercase cursive “f”…