Saturday, November 1, 2008

Compile,Print,Bind your Family Genealogy

Well it has been a few days since I picked my way across the key board but I have good reason--
Over the years have built up a very large data base and after posting some items about the Olyer family, some members have asked if the information is available well it will be shortly, I am publishing a book Philip Olyer

In my pile of stuff I found a software program I must tell you about it is called Gen-Book most programs this old are ready for disposal but this one still works. If you want to publish your family records and all the extra money went with the stock market. Take a few minutes and read on.
This program is still available it cost about $59.00. Rex Clement the Author is a great guy any questions and he will explain things in detail. I called him several times, it did not seem like the program would work but it was my lack of confidence not the programs ability, but he was really patient with me your only other cost will be some paper and ink I am going to tell you how to do this with the only investment is your time and the $59.
First you have to make a ged com file of your ancestors, descendants or both. then you have to go on line and download a free copy of PAF 4 from the LDS Family Research center. it has to be Paf 4 I told you this gen-Book software is a little old, I do not think it will work on Vista, I used Windows XP 2000

You have the Paf 4 program take your ged com file which has to be made to use with Paf 4. load the ged com file into Paf 4. Now be sure and go through the data base and make any corrections, this is not going to work if you have bunch of errors, it will be a lot easier if your spelling is reasonably correct your can run spell checker afterward but that will be labor intensive.

By now you should have had faith enough in me to buy the old software, you are going to get a couple of disks and a book of about 115 pages explaining in great detail each move to make. When installed Gen-Book will open in windows as you complete each one, another opens you select if its a ancestry or decendant book, then tell program were your Gen-book program is located. then you decide if you want to use Wordperfect or Microsoft Word. both of these programs will work I personally like Wordperfect, the Olyer book is made in two parts you can combine as many lines as you wish. First 8 chapters are decendants 8 generations of one Philip Olyer, the second part is the Ancestors for 15 generations of his wife.
We are talking about 600 plus individuals plus notes. It took me about hour to read the directions and answer the questions, they are pretty simple how do you want Source notes printed what size , numbed , what size for regular notes, how you want children listed, terms you like to use,size of pages, type of index 1 2 or 3 column,the type of generations Sequential or Ahnentafel or many others-do not worry its not complicated the book explains each question and shows you the results
When you click generate in about a minute the book is all finished, then you import it into your word processor in my case WordPerfect and you can go through it correcting the spelling and adding anything, bring in photos or biographies, when done generate your list of contents and index and you are ready to do not have to go into your records and key any names for the index everything is done for you.
Simple send to the printer when you were answering the questions you told them if you wanted printing both sides or not and were to put the page numbers all these things are done for you. You can, if the market picks up, and you have a little extra cash take the disk to Staples or Kinkos and they will print it for about 16 cents per page and bind it for $5.00 or you can print it and staple it. Creative Jeans listed a library in Penn. if you send them your printed manuscript they will copy it and return a bound copy for you. This is a inexpensive way to publish your years of hard work without breaking the bank.

1 comment:

Rosebud Collection said...

Good information and really interesting..thank you.