February 2017 E-Zine Tuesday, Feb 7 2017 

What’s It Mean? A-Z

Paper Grain: The direction most of the fibers within paper generally lie, corresponding to the direction of their flow on the papermaking machine.

Paper Opacity: Nontransparent property which prevents or reduces “show through” of printing from the book side of the next sheet.

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

Via digital watermark consider adding monograms, coats of arms, or book subject/part wallpaper designs to some, or all pages.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts

Too much of a good thing: While technology exists to jam pack content on a page, and layer it with digital watermarks, don’t use it in such a way that it splits the reader’s attention too much. You don’t want readers feeling like they have a puzzle book that is hard to read.

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Marketing advice

When using book content online (marketing or sharing), do Copyright protect yourself by placing information in a watermark on each page/image. Visit a few examples on our website: Alexander Index (PDF), Green Index (PDF), Chute Cover (JPG)

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Genealogy ideas

Did you know the Library and Archives of Canada is digitizing (and making available) WWI soldier information: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx

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Computer aid!?!

Looking for other ways to have your manuscript “at hand”? A tablet may be a better compromise between a desk or laptop and a phone. Again, Android users can download MS Word app for free, while Windows users can access MS Word for free, while online. Many of today’s tablets can also attach keyboards, mice and wireless printers with ease while having robust memory (both speed and capacity).


Electronic Magazine – November 2014 v13#11: Marketing Monday, Nov 3 2014 

As family historians, most authors have a list of public (or private) repositories that they would like to see their work preserved in. Many times this list equals or dwarfs the list of “paying customers”. Many times budget will impact how many courtesy copies may even be produced: Consider soliciting sponsored copies. With POD, there is no reason a special “donated by” page can not be included directly into the book binding. A more traditional route would be with personalized donation book plates. Further incentives, beyond the good preservation work, might include a gift, digital copies of source material, special access to your archives, etc.

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February 2012 E-Zine (V11#2): Genealogy Monday, Feb 20 2012 


I’m pleased to announce that a pdf of our 2008 publication Forgotten
Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the
Revolutionary War and a new supplement covering additions, corrections,
and much more bibliographic information are both now available at the
link below for free access and downloading. The printed copies of the
2008 book sold out the middle of 2011, and we decided that we would
prefer to make the publication available online for anyone interested at
no cost. I’ve already started another supplement for 2012 onwards as our
research in this subject area continues and as we watch for new
publications, articles, dissertations, etc.


Eric G. Grundset, NSDAR Library Director

From: 1-13-12 post to Genealib elist.

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.)

July 2009: V8#7: Genealogy Friday, Jul 3 2009 

The State Library of Ohio and Ohio Historical Society are pleased to
announce the March 2nd launch of the Ohio Memory – Next Generation
website (http://www.ohiomemory.org). The website,
a redesign of the Ohio Memory project, features 75,000 historical images
and information from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries and
museums.  The new site has been improved to make it easier to find and
contribute images, information, and documents. Users can search and
browse all collections or an individual collection by subject, place or

“People are used to one-stop shopping and retrieval of information.  The
new website allows users to find documents, portraits, and photographs
on any given subject quickly and easily,” said State Librarian Jo
Budler.  “It is wonderful that our partnership with the Ohio Historical
Society allowed us to move our collections to a new and improved

The Ohio Memory – Next Generation site is a collaborative project of the
State Library of Ohio and Ohio Historical Society. In addition to all of
the resources on the original website, the State Library has contributed
part of its Ohio documents digital collection that includes a vast
selection of publications produced on the web by state agencies.  The
publications include many annual reports, health and population
statistics, natural resources guides and pamphlets including: Trails for
Ohioans a plan for the future
, 20 Questions to ask a lender or mortgage
, and 2006 population estimates for cities,
& townships

“We are beginning to scan print materials from our rare Ohio state
government collection.  The staff is scanning annual reports from the
1800s to early 1900s.  Current titles include:  Annual Report of the
Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors Orphans’ Home; Ohio Institution for the
Education of the Deaf and Dumb; and Annual Reports of Longview
Hospital,” said Jim Buchman, head of Patron & Catalog Services at the
State Library of Ohio. “These publications include rosters of
individuals and will be of interest to the genealogy community.” For
example, a recently scanned document is the Known military dead during
the Spanish American War and the Philippines Insurrection, 1898-1901

Ohio Memory began as a state bicentennial project in 2000 to build a
searchable database of digital images celebrating Ohio’s history.
Hundreds of historical societies, museums and libraries from all over
Ohio contributed more than 25,000 images to the project.  The collection
continues to grow. “The [new] site increases access to Ohio’s past and
the individual stories that make up the fabric of our nation’s and
Ohio’s history,” said Angela O’Neil, manager of Preservation and
Access Services at the Ohio Historical Society.

The Ohio Memory project was originally funded by the Ohio Public Library
Information Network, Ohio Bicentennial Commission and a federal
Institute for Museum and Library Services/Library Services Technology
Act grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information contact Jim Buchman, Head Patron & Catalog
Services, State Library of Ohio: jbuchman@sloma.state.oh.us

From the Librarians Serving Genealogists E-List
Submitted by Marsha McDevitt-Stredney

November 2006, V5 #11: Genealogy Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Check with your local library, even if they don’t have a large genealogy section, to see what online services they offer. Don’t stop with your hometown library! Check other libraries that neighbor your “home” library’s service area. Not all library’s are aware of what other near by library’s offer. It may be worth a trip to get a library card for the services the offer from their website that you can take advantage from your home computer.

August 2006, V5 #8: Define Friday, Mar 20 2009 


Inlay (back strip): A heavy but flexible paper strip used to stiffen the spine of a finished book.

Lining (super, mull, crash, and gauze): Material used to reinforce spines of library bound books.  This material is a part of the end paper system and provides the means for a firm connection between text block and cover, giving shape and firmness to the book.

January 2009, V8#1: Production Thursday, Jan 8 2009 

Because of the heavy duty finish, this binding in buckram cloth can be wiped down for clean up resulting from spills and dirt resulting from heavy handling.

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August 2007, V6#8: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

Have you checked out PERSI lately? It is available through HeritageQuest. While this is a subscription program, many libraries with strong genealogy programs allow access on site, and some do from your home. More about PERSI from the Allen County Public Library (http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/persi.html):

“The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogical and historical periodical articles in the world. Created by the foundation and department staff of the Genealogy Center of the library here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, PERSI is widely recognized as being a vital source for genealogical researchers.

PERSI is a comprehensive subject index covering genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. The time period of the articles ranges from the 1700s to the present. More than 1.8 million index entries from nearly ten thousand titles are represented by this work.

If you are in one of the fourteen Allen County Public Library facilities, you may search the PERSI resource by clicking on “E-Resources” on the main webpage <www.ACPL.Info> and scrolling down to “HeritageQuestOnline.” Clicking on that link and then choosing the “Search PERSI” option with open the index for you. If you do not live in Allen County, IN, check with your local library about the availability of HeritageQuestOnline in your area.”

January 2007, V6#1: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

Check with your local library, even if they don’t have a large genealogy section, to see what online services they offer. They can assist you with using WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org) to see where the closest copy of particular books are available in public collections.

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