15 May 2009

Magazines in .pdf format?

Earlier this week, Ol' Myrt here mentioned she's attending the Raleigh Convention Center and the 2009 National Genealogical Society Conference. Each day, it's been my pleasure meeting many of my DearREADERS at the Family Chronicle booth.

In fact, today, Barb Schulz came by and we reminisced about how back in the 1990s she dragged me kicking and screaming to the Family Chronicle booth at the NGS conference in Nashville to show me a (then) brand new genealogy magazine that I simply had to get into.

Why kicking and screaming?

Ol' Myrt here thought she didn't need any more genealogy periodicals to read. The piles of unread ones were really stacked up, but...

To my surprise, I discovered a delightful publication with worthwhile articles explaining how to refine my genealogy research skills. And the computer instructor in me could see using other articles as subtopics at upcoming PAF Users Group meetings.

And the rest as they say is history.

Yesterday, within 15 minutes of each other, two people purchased the annuals of the Moorshead Publishing magazines on CD. It occurs to me this is is exactly what Dick Eastman is talking about as he is scanning his personal genealogy library to save space. Having magazines in .pdf format also expedites finding things in them later, since .pdf files like this are "every word" searchable.

WHY .pdf?
The FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) Forum will convert permanently to .pdf format this summer. The popular Digital Genealogist has successfully managed in strictly .pdf format. Years ago, the Manasota Genealogical Society bi-monthly newsletter switched to this format, something Ol' Myrt here heartily recommends for:
  • saving cost of printing
  • saving time preparing for mailing
  • saving cost of mailing
  • improving searchability

In fact in my predictions for the future, I believe we'll all use Kindles or iPhones to receive newspapers, magazines and all sorts of information.

Think of how many trees we'll save.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.


Unknown said...

Myrt - what are your thoughts on converting Crossroads??

Christy Fillerup

Ed Zapletal said...

I think "GOING GREEN" is the wave of the future, and that membership in the Utah Genealogical Association could have a two-tiered approach.

Tier 1 - GO GREEN annual membership would be perhaps $30, with CROSSROADS being delivered via email attachment.

Tier 2 - STANDARD annual membership, of MORE than $30 to cover the cost of printing and snail mailing the CROSSROADS quarterly.

BOTH membership levels would have access to the .pdf version of the CROSSROADS in the members only section of the new website.