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Friday, July 26, 2013

What happened to all the Genealogy Books?

Back during the 1940s and 1950s very few family history books were being written. In fact, the only new items on the bookshelves were produced by local D. A. R. societies. These books were typewritten, often carbon-copies, and needless to say, with the old-fashioned manual typewriters with worn out cotton ribbons.  The ladies of the D. A. R. collected bible records, cemetery records and other miscellaneous documents. They also published volumes on individual applications to that society. However, too many errors were discovered in the applications themselves and inadequate proofs of the lineages was disheartening. Eventually, during the 1980s and 1990s, there was a flush of new genealogy books, ranging from traced family histories to abstracts of county records.  Ultimately, a major genealogical publishing company was bought out by Ancestry.com and became subject to unfavorable rules which placed major restrictions upon authors. I, for one, discontinued publishing my books due to questionable marketing ploys which published some of my books on google and to ancestry which resulted in almost a total elimination of royalties. It simply is not worth it to do all the work for nothing. If you have noticed, several major genealogical publishers have gone under. If you are planning on publishing, I would suggest that you first obtain your own copyright, then do the publishing and marketing yourself.  Granted, this method is a hassle, but you won't find your book swallowed up by the internet.   Speaking of which, now that we have the convenience of the internet and copyright issues, will the genealogy book industry simply fade away into the night?

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