Logan sells publisher with genealogy library

Published September 29, 2004 2:04 am

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LOGAN - City officials apparently do not want to be in the publishing business.

Everton Publishers, which was donated to Logan in June, along with its $1.7 million genealogy collection, was sold to Huntsville resident Walt Fuller, who Tuesday identified himself as new president and publisher of the 57-year-old northern Utah company.

Logan City Library Directer Ron Jenkins said a legal agreement between Fuller and city officials is final except for some details. "A certain amount of money will be paid, as well as a percentage of the profit. We are negotiating the final contract with [Fuller] and that dollar amount hasn't been determined yet," Jenkins said.

A formal announcement about the transaction is expected next week.

Fuller said Tuesday he has "purchased the assets - the magazine, handybooks, all the products and services that Everton had, as well as the rights to the content of the Everton library." The deal, he said, was "basically finalized about a week ago."

Subscribers and advertisers were left in the dark earlier this year when the company's magazine, The Genealogical Helper, ceased publication after the company was donated as part of the entire Everton Genealogical collection.

"Be assured that we will honor each and every issue of the magazine that has been paid for and not received," Fuller said.

After a four-month hiatus, the magazine again will publish six times a year, beginning in November, Fuller said. There will be regular features on the latest in research technology and resources, the content and public access to Everton Genealogical Library, and in-depth articles from readers and professional genealogists.

Fuller said his editors will expand the book-review section, and the sections on missing ancestors and living kin.

The content of the more than 60,000 family histories from around the world, pedigree charts, manuscripts, periodicals and other items contained in the Everton Genealogical Library, also will be made available to the public, Fuller said.

The collection at the Logan City Library "will be open and available to the public within a year, and . . . will be available online," he said. "As for other products and services, The Handybook for Genealogists, 11th edition, will be published within the next 12 months and will be the most extensively revised edition in years."

Under the new ownership deal, the city will be paid to maintain the genealogical collection.


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