After two years of discussions, negotiations and hard work, the Everton Genealogy Collection is now open to the public in Logan, Utah. All the books are now neatly shelved and catalogued in a spare courtroom in the Logan Justice Center at 290 N. 100 West, Logan.
The Everton Collection, including rights to Everton's Genealogical Helper magazine and the Handybook for Genealogists, now in its 11th edition, was donated to Logan City in June 2004. Less than a year later, after some Logan City Council members complained that the city could not afford to house and operate the entire donation, Logan-based Genealogy Online Inc., purchased magazine and book rights, for $90,000.
The business also agreed to annually pay Logan 1.5 percent of its net sales revenue. Jason Cornelius, special Logan City librarian for the Everton collection, said the magazine resumed publication more than a year ago and now has more than 30,000 subscribers.
The remainder of the material, 82,000 papers and other genealogical resources, remain in Logan. The collection was valued by a professional appraiser at $1.7 million.
The books and papers are available now although the library catalog is still being built. The plan is to soon place the card catalog online, making the catalog available to people anywhere in the world.
For more information about the Everton Genealogy Collection, look at my past articles about this collection at http://tinyurl.com/y6vrt2 and at the new Everton Genealogy Collection's web site at http://library.loganutah.org/genealogy.