Posted by: Kerry Gans | April 17, 2014

Genealogy Book Phase One Complete

Anyone following my blog knows that I’ve been putting together a Print On Demand (POD) book of my genealogical research. The first book I put together was for my family—it contains info up to the present day generations.

I used Ingram Spark for my POD book. The quality is great and everyone has been pleased with the book. And I got a little giddy holding a book with MY name on it in my hands!

The cover is special to me for a number of reasons. First, it is the house that came to be called Warawee, where my great-grandparents lived and was the hub of the Warren family for 4 generations. Second, my father, Harold Warren Gans, drew the picture!

Warren Family front cover 2

Phase one, writing and distributing this version to my family, is complete. The next phase is making a public version to put out in the world for sale. I’m hoping that libraries, historical societies, and genealogical societies will be interested, as well as other amateur genealogists like myself who are researching those lines.

I am finishing my copy edits for this public version, and hope to have ebook, paperback, and hardback editions available no later than May.

This has been a long and involved process, but I have learned a great deal, and am very happy with the results so far!

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  1. Looks great, Kerry. You did it!

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    • Thanks, Kathryn! It was a great learning experience.

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  2. Exciting! What a gift for the generations to come…

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    • Well, I hope they appreciate it. But it’s a great deal of fun for me, too.

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  3. Cool cover. Talent runs in the family. ;-D Congrats!

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    • Thanks! Yes, we are a creative bunch. My great-grandmother wrote poetry and music. My grandfather also was an artist. My aunt is a singer and conductor. One of my ancestors and a current cousin are architects.

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  4. Fantastic! This is something to cherish and pass down through the generations.

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    • I hope so! Now I just have to figure out at what point in the future I need to do a 2nd edition, since I am certainly not stopping my genealogy search. A writer’s work, a genealogist’s work, and a mom’s work is never done. And I’m all three. I think I am toast!

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  5. Love the look of it. Very welcoming. I’m sure your family must be thrilled.

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    • They are! My dad’s cousin, whose father took tons of photos of my dad’s generation of the family as they grew up, is combing through hundreds of photos from his father’s estate and creating great videos which he’s then sharing with us. So much fun!

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  6. […] of you know I successfully self-published a genealogy book for my dad’s family. It came out wonderfully, and I was very pleased. I decided to edit the book down to end with my […]

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