Friday, May 15, 2009

Everton's Genealogical Helper has a new owner?

Good news sure travels slowly sometimes. After I wrote Everton's Genealogical Helper goes Quarterly on 20 February, I heard some rumors about the possible closing down or sale of Everton's Genealogical Helper magazine and was wondering what was happening. Would we see it continue, or be a victim of the recession?

My first inkling that something was amiss was a note I received on one of my blog posts to the effect that "I called Everton's and the person that answered was in the office next door and that the Everton's office was closed." I didn't think a lot about it - hmmm.

Today I read Arlene H. Eakle's Genealogy Blog post titled Genealogy Preservation–An Ongoing Need and saw the news that came from the Logan (Utah) Family History Expo last weekend:

"Everton’s Genealogical Helper is now under new management–with Leland Meitzler as editor of the magazine. And the Everton Library, boxed up and stored away last year until a new location could be found for it, will soon be available for public use."

and:

"Things got rocky last year and into 2009: with both the Genealogical Helper and the GenealogyBlog. So the best discovery of all, at the Logan (Utah) Family History Expo 9 May 2009, was the NEWS that the magazine had a new owner (who is both a business man and a working genealogist) and that Leland had agreed to continue as editor of the Helper."

This is really GOOD news, in my opinion (notwithstanding my subscription hasn't run out quite yet!), for the genealogy community at large and (I hope) for Leland and his band of excellent writers. The Everton's Genealogical Helper is different from other genealogy magazines - more pages, more advertising, more topical articles, more queries, and more book reviews, among other things. Even as a quarterly, it is something to look forward to!

Did I miss a press release (I don't get many, it seems!)? I don't recall seeing a blog post, a tweet or a Facebook status report from the Logan conference. I knew that Leland had a flood at his home and it took over a week to get that taken care of and get him off to Raleigh. Maybe when the dust settles for Leland he will give us the information about the Helper and his editorship.

4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hmmm... I'd been wondering why I hadn't received the magaine in a while.

Paula from SCGS said...

Leland has posted a relevant message on his GenealogyBlog...

http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=4689

Sharon said...

I'm so glad to see that it has survived, at least for the time being, and that Leland is still there. This is a most valuable tool and I look forward to each issue.

Steve Shook said...

Isn't this the second genealogy publication to go defunct under Leland's editorship? Talk about bad luck....