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It’s been years in the making, but I finally have a date that the book should be delivered: October 2019.

Here’s the timeline:

  • Now until August – Finish, review, format, etc all parts of the book.
  • July 20 – get a count of number of pages, number of books to order, and finalize all the details on the book with the company that will publish it (more information below) This is also when my first deposit is due.
  • July 31 – August ? – Work with the company to get the book ready for the printer.
  • August/September – proof copy – last chance to correct any mistakes
  • October – delivery

I will be using Otter Bay Books. This company is known for its family history books and I have seen several samples. I also corresponded with another family genealogist who had a book published with them a couple of years ago. One of the advantages of working with them is the coaching and advice. Even though I don’t have a contract with them yet I have talked to Ann Hughes and Kate Boyer several times and they have helped me with some of the challenges of putting a book like this together.

Some details:

  • Foil stamped hard cover
  • Fully indexed
  • Fully sourced.
  • More than 500  pages
  • Lots of photos – (I haven’t counted but more than 200)
  • Title page will have a Celtic border designed by my niece Kate Forman Ortiz.
  • Two illustrations by Kate:
    • The Whelans in 25 Douglass Street.
    • The Colberts in East Harlem

Here’s a peek at  the book

Sample from book

A few pages from the book:  photographs of some things that belonged to Annie Shanley Whelan, a Chapter on the family of my grandfather’s mother; and a page from the World War II log of my Uncle Joe.

If you are interested, please complete this form This will be a one time printing, not a print on demand. I can’t buy or store extra copies, so once the order goes in there won’t be another chance to buy a book.
Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.
As soon as I have the final details I will post here, and on Facebook. If you completed the form look for an email from my sister Liz, who is handling the book orders.
Thanks for your patience.
Mary

 

 
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I didn’t get much done on the book or research this past week. I was working on a class for the Dutchess County Genealogical Society (DCGS) on Immigration and Naturalization. Since I used so many family examples, I thought I would edit the slides for a family version:

Immigration and Naturalization Slides Family version

This Saturday I’ll be at the Hudson Valley Family Fest at the Dutchess Stadium with others from the DCGS.

Next week – back on track – I hope. I plan to work on the Ryan family and revise their story, then go through pictures and illustrations for the book.

 

I changed the title of this post since I keep getting spam asking me questions about naturalization proceedings

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