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.


October E-Magazine – Complete Wednesday, Sep 30 2015 

What’s It Mean? A-Z

Gutter Margin: Margin on the “inside” of a printed book page. When books are printed, the margin on the inside is usually larger to allow for easy book handling. We assure your gutter margin when making plates for printing, free of charge.
From: ANSI/NISO/LBI STANDARD FOR LIBRARY BINDING – (inner margin, gutter margin, back margin)  The distance between the binding edge of a printed page and the printed area.

Halftone (pre-press): An image taken from your photo that has a dot pattern laid on it (or made up of dots) for better reproduction. Without the correct dot pattern, the photo would look like a bad copy machine copy (motley). Many of today’s newer copiers automatically lay a pattern, thus better copies.

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!

Design Inspiration

Tips to promote QR code scans (part 2)

  • Note most QR codes will work if damaged even 30% – allowing for some “high traffic” uses such as name tags, postcards, coasters, etc.
  • Don’t saturate your viewer with too many codes – make them useful and enjoyable.
  • Try to keep codes away from glossy surfaces – matte makes scanning easier for the novice and under more lighting conditions. Still want to put one on your book cover? You could skip lamination or UV protection, but applying a dust jacket, belly band, or sticker over the finished cover would be better for the longevity of the book.
  • If using multiple codes, don’t place them too close together – you are trying to make it easy for the user. If on a mail piece with smbc – allow for distance as well.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts (Electronic)

Ebook audio services develop all the time. An online service that offers both free and professional (paid) services is Booktrack and there are many more.

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Marketing advice

Shipping is an important component to many marketing plans. If you choose USPS as your service provider, these links may be of assistance:

Postal Explorer, Price Lists/Rates, RIBBS, Business Customer Gateway

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Genealogy ideas – see computer aid this issue

Computer aid!?!

Not sure where to start learning online about genealogy and tech? Take a look at Barry’s Genealogy list of webinars and expand from there!

August 2005, V4#8: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Bleed: A printed image that extends beyond the trim edge of a sheet of paper.

January 2008, V7#1: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

The Registry of War Ration Books, including 83 Canadian books can be found at the link below. For those of you not familiar with food rationing, during World War Two the government issued ration stamps in books to each family member. There were four series of books, and there was a
complicated maze of instructions (typically published in the newspaper) as to which stamps were valid at any given time.

Prior to this project at Genealogy Today, the largest known private collection of ration books was a 900-book collection housed in Colorado. The registry was approaching 5,000 books (early October 2007), and is expected to double again in 2008. In addition to the books being collected,
contributions from visitors to the web site are helping expand the database and ensure these interesting genealogical documents get properly archived.

To view the images, visit this page and search for surnames:

Index of War Ration Books

February 2007, V6#2: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

The following was published in The Arkansas Genealogical Society E-zine, Volume 1, Number 4 (November 2006)

Contributed by Carolyn Earle Billingsley

Tips for Arkansas Researchers

Adding images to your family history should be part of every genealogist’s repertoire. Images like maps, pedigree charts, diagrams, and photos add interest and a personal touch to your research. But how many of you have thought about postcards?

Sometimes you don’t have an image of your grandfather visiting the courthouse, but you can still spice up your family history with a postcard image of that courthouse. In my case, for example, I don’t have a photo of my parents sitting on the steps of the high school where they graduated back in the 1940s, but I was able to find a postcard of the school that dated to that era.

You might be surprised how many post cards there are out there. E-bay is an excellent place for finding them.

And now has a large collection of postcards online. Here’s their press release about this new collection:

Source Information: Historical Postcards Collection, c. 1893-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2006. Original data: Mary Martin Postcards (, Perryville, MD, USA.

About Historical Postcards Collection, c. 1893-1963:

This database contains approximately 50,000 postcards dating from about 1893-1963. About three-quarters of the postcards contain pictures from places within the United States, while the remaining fourth contains pictures from abroad. Information provided about each postcard includes:

Place information (city/town, county, state/province, country)
Postcard era (year range from which the postcard may be dated)

This database is primarily useful for obtaining a photograph or picture of a specific place in time. If you do not already have pictures of the places your ancestors lived, historical postcards are a good alternative to personal photos.

Ancestry’s collection even has an old postcard of the church my great-grandparents belonged to in Little Rock-and over 500 postcards of a variety of Arkansas sites. I especially liked the 1915 card of the old Confederate Soldiers Home, which has long since been torn down. The image includes the back side of the card, with the written message was written, along with the old stamp and the postmark.

So look around your relatives’ houses, poke around flea markets, search the Internet, peruse e-Bay, and check out for images to fill in those gaps in your family’s pictorial history.