Preparing a manuscript for publication is no longer a dreadful experience, but that does not mean that a compiler should be excused from devoting a great deal of forethought to the finished product. Sundry genealogical programs and software masquerade as publishing Lorelei. Clip art is touted as a tool to improve the finished product. Too often the end production is typographically unpleasant and distractive. That term, like “blog,” hardly conveys any impression of confidence and authenticity. Numbering systems are likewise relegated to the genealogical cemetery as each genealogist seeks to discover a new and improved organizational scheme to reflect generations and placement in the family.
Rarer and rarer is the new publication a model of research with source citations and transcriptions of primary sources in which the compiler takes the reader through the research process to reveal how the conclusions have been ascertained.
The remainder of this article is for Plus Edition subscribers only.
If you have a Plus Edition user ID and password, you can read the article right now at no additional charge in this web site's Plus Edition at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=4466. This article will remain online for several weeks.
If you do not remember your Plus Edition user ID or password, you can retrieve them at http://www.eogn.com/wp/ and click on "Forgot password?"
If you decide to subscribe to the Plus Edition right now, you will be able to immediately read this article online.
For more information about subscribing to the Plus Edition of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, visit http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/plusedition.html.