On July 8, I published an e-mail from a former editor of Everton's Newsline describing a new publication she is creating and the reasons why. That fueled some discussion about Everton's in the comments section of this newsletter's blog.
Tonight Holly T. Hansen, Vice President for Family History at Everton Publishers, Inc. posted the following message on this newsletter's blog:
You should be aware that there is false information circulating through the genealogical community as well as the subscription list of Everton's Family History Magazine (formerly the Genealogical Helper) that the company has closed. The truth is, the company is going through reorganization, with new ownership and management who are dedicated to returning the Genealogical Helper and company to its rightful place as an icon within the genealogical community.
The city of Logan, Utah, has secured the donation of the Everton Genealogical Library, and will soon be making the contents of the 60,000 + volume collection available to the public in a variety of formats. This is very exciting news, as the Library is one of the largest private genealogical collections in the US and contains invaluable resources for all those interested in family history research. As the former Editor of Everton's Genealogical Helper, I have been involved in discussions with a group of individuals who have worked tirelessly to save the Everton Library and bring this collection to the city of Logan, including Bobbie Coray, Verne Bray, Walter Fuller, and Scott Jackson.
There are plans to immediately bring back the design, format, and content of the Genealogical Helper, which for decades provided the most effective educational information, tools and research material of any industry magazine. Cutting edge technology in online research will become a prominent feature of the magazine. All current subscriptions will be honored.
This is a very positive development for the genealogical community. Stay tuned for announcements from the City of Logan within the next couple of days.
Holly T. Hansen
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Comment by Dick Eastman: I see that today's Salt Lake Tribune newspaper also has an article about all this, written by Arrin Newton Brunson. The article ends with the following:
In addition to the private collection of genealogical materials, Logan will inherit Everton's Genealogical Helper, a family history magazine. Johns said the city is expected to seek a private enterprise partner to run that operation.
You can read the entire article at: http://22.214.171.124/2004/Jul/07132004/utah/183027.asp