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Everton’s Genealogical Helper to Offer Digital Online Version of the Helper

A major news announcement was sent to Upstate New York Genealogy Blog by our friend, Leland Meitzler, editor of the 64 year old publication, Everton’s Genealogical Helper.

Everton’s Genealogical Helper Adds New Online Edition!

New Online Edition of Everton’s Genealogical Helper will debut July 1! Subscribe today for only $10.00!

LOGAN, Utah, June 12, 2008. Genealogy Online, Inc., publisher of Everton’s Genealogical Helper, today, announced the publication of the Genealogical Helper in an Online Edition. The Online Edition is an identical copy of the 176-page paper edition – complete with hotlinks to the hundreds of website addresses found therein.

Launch Date
– The new Online Edition will launch on July 1 – simultaneous with the home delivery and newsstand date of the paper edition of the July-August issue.

Free Access
– Subscribers to the traditional Genealogical Helper will have 100% FREE online access to the magazine – with no extra fees whatsoever. See for sign-up information.

Online Edition subscriptions
Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will sell for just $12.00 per year! That is only $2 per issue! And it’s only $10.00 for subscriptions made before July 1 at or phone 1-800-443-6325.

Net Family History
– An important feature of Everton’s Genealogical Helper is the magazine within a magazine entitled Net Family History. New information specific to using the Internet for genealogy is always found in this portion of the bimonthly publication. Extensive website reviews are always located here, as well as articles dealing with Internet-related activities.

Why an online edition?
– Every issue of Everton’s Genealogical Helper now contains hundreds of website addresses. The Internet is where some of the most exciting genealogical resource advances are taking place, so it’s required that information about these resources be disseminated to the Helper’s thousands of readers in every issue. Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will allow readers to go from their paper edition to the hotlinked Online Edition and access any of the websites with just a keystroke or two – no more typing in those lengthy website addresses! The Online Edition offers more than just the links found in the magazine – it is the entire magazine itself!

Format & hosting
Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will be in pdf format, readable by anyone, with any computer running an Adobe Acrobat Reader (Available at as a FREE download.) The Online Edition will be hosted by, Inc.

Why subscribe to the Genealogical Helper?
– Subscribe to have access to the Helper’s how-to & historical articles, Net Family History (see above), genealogical sharing, extensive book and CD-ROM reviews & announcements, queries, the most complete event calendar available anywhere, and hundreds of ads detailing new products and services. In addition to these day-to-day features, you will also have access to the NEW updated, hotlinked Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies – to be published in the Sept/Oct and Nov-Dec issues! Edited by Leland K. Meitzler, the Helper is guaranteed to help you extend your lines and fill in those blanks in your family tree.

– Your cost for a full subscription (the paper magazine & online access both) is less than 3 cents per page – delivered to your home, and now accessible online. Subscribe to the Online Edition alone for just over a penny a page! Subscribe by July 1 and it’s less than a penny per page!

Subscribe NOW at: or phone 1-800-443-6325.

About Genealogy Online, Inc.

Genealogy Online, dba Everton Publishers, is the publisher of Everton’s Genealogical Helper, now in its 62nd year of helping genealogists find their ancestors. Genealogy Online, Inc. also publishes the Handybook for Genealogists, 11th edition, a top-selling guidebook for family historians. Their website is found at: Also see:


The many years of data that has been published in the Genealogical Helper has helped so many researchers through the years to locate and piece together their family trees that is certain that this publication deserves major kudos for all of their hard work and assistance.

The ownership of this company continues to amaze and delight genealogists everywhere. With this news release we suspect that this just might revolutionize the publishing industry. By creating this new digital version of their subscription program they are showing their leadership in this field.

Look at the price! I’ll just bet that we will all benefit tremendously by having instant information at our fingertips, all easily searched and categorized. It is an excellent offer, and I personally urge all of our readers to take advantage of this premier offering. I know I will.

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Put French’s Gazetteer around your neck.

Presuming you are all serious genealogists, you have a few books, right? Like good looks and dollars, “you just can’t have enough of them.”

My library has been building throughout my 40 or so years of snooping into the past business of persons before us, to about 4,000 volumes, primarily on genealogy and local history. I still buy books every time I go to a seminar or genealogical gathering, or wander around a used book shop, or enter a store that specializes in Out-of Print and Rare Books. Lately I have also been purchasing some on-line through eBay and some other sites, that are on CD-ROM, and they are very handy.

Remember, we are genealogaholics, and even though there is a twelve step program cure, no one has ever taken it yet.

This collection might seem excessive, however most of the hard copies were gathered back when “gas was cheap” so to speak, and it has been a huge comfort to be able to reach on the shelf and pull down an old friend to look up some tiny detail that I might not otherwise bother to take the time to do if I were in a large library.

Well, I have mentioned this before in other Blogs, but this past weekend I spent some time downloading many excellent old and very rare books in full, for absolutely no cost whatsoever, other than a high speed Internet connection. has been posting hundreds of thousands of books on-line since I last mentioned it. It seems like they may some day have “EVERY” book on-line! The ones I downloaded were primarily on New York State history, go figure, but they have books on every subject, for any location, and any time period that you might desire.

The books that I received (for “FREE” remember,) came from three different university libraries, Stanford, University of Michigan, and most came from Harvard. Google must have many crews working in major research centers all over the country, and it is good…

You can obtain snippets of books that are still in copyright, of which you may copy the exact title, and author, and there are links to be able to either locate a library that has this book or links to sources where you may purchase a copy.

The best method is to look for books that are “out of copyright,” and search for books by key words, using the “Full view books” search block. What that means is that the books that are returned by your search term are totally free to be able to download to your own hard drive, or to put on disk or a thumb drive, CD-ROM, or whatever. The downloads will be in pdf format and you will need Adobe Reader or what ever pdf viewer you prefer.

These books will be yours to keep to use at any time. FREE, FREE FREE…!

You will be able to build a reference library in a few weeks, to have instantly at your fingertips, that took serious researchers scores of years previously. Here are just some of the titles that were obtained most recently:

FRENCH, Joshua V.H., “Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of the State of New York,” Syracuse – 1860. (This is probably the single most important book to own for genealogical and historical research in NY State. - IMHO.)

BARBER, John and Henry HOWE, “Historical collections of the State of New York.”
New York – 1842. (Has all of those old lovely woodcuts of village scenes.)

JONES, Thomas, “History of New York During the Revolutionary War.”
New York – 1879.

WOOLSEY, C.M., “History of the Town of Marlborough, Ulster County, New York.”
Albany – 1908.

HALL, Edward Hagaman, “The Sons of the American Revolution, New York State Society, 1893-94.

BENTON, Nathaniel S., “A History of Herkimer County Including the Upper Mohawk Valley…” Albany – 1856.

HOUGH, Franklin B., “A History of Lewis County, New York.”
Albany – 1860.

BOLTON, Robert Jr., “A History of the County of Westchester…”
New York – 1848.

RICKETSON, S., “An Account of the Times and Places of Holding the Meetings. New York Yearly Meeting of Friends.
Poughkeepsie – 1821. (Quakers)

These downloads were not all without glitches. The ISP that I use is through a satellite system formerly called DIRECWAY and now is HUGHES NETWORK, but is really a very poor system. The weather affects it greatly and half way through a download the system will burp in one way or another and the file will be corrupted and you have to start all over again.

There is no way that I could ever recommend a satellite system. It is crummy at best, but where I am now there is nothing else available, (yet.) If you have a broadband connection through a cable service or through DSL on your telephone system this will be an excellent way to build a reference library that you can keep for ever and ever.

So put Joshua V.H. FRENCH around your neck, on a thumb drive necklace, to be able to have and use at any computer you might run across while doing your research, I’m sure Josh would be happy, if he only knew…

Dick Hillenbrand
Upstate New York Genealogy

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