Life in corporate America these days is a stressful one, and really stressful when you are working for a company that is struggling to keep itself together. It's even more stressful when that same employer decides that after 27 years (in January 2009), they don't need you anymore. That was the case with me and my employer--let's just say it's a midwest-based consumer electronics company, with an emphasis on telecommunications, whose balance sheets have seen better days. Fortunately, I wasn't out of work for very long, but the new job had a big learning curve with it, along with other commitments I had picked up along the way that I was using to help me find a job. Those commitments, including a weekly column for a local business-oriented website, just took too much out of me to do too much with the new Grinnell genealogy. Then came the big website crash.
This is to say is that progress on the Grinnell Genealogy book has been embarrassingly slow. I apologize in advance, and will probably continue apologizing for some time to come.
The good news is that this has given Marj Murray one last chance to go over the database in preparation for my upcoming task. I have also been able to shed my weekly writing chore, which, once the new GFA website is closer to being finished, will permit me to focus on the big task at hand.
One of the major items I plan to focus on is cleaning up some of the existing biographical information, and adding new biographical content. I am still hoping that several individuals who have committed to writing biographies on members of their their family branches will follow through with their commitment soon so I can incorporate that content into the book.
The book? It's going to be a whopper. Building on the great work done by Medina Ed Grinnell, California Dick Grinnell, Chicago Jim Grinnell, Don McMahon, and many, many others, Chuck Ketchum went above and beyond, adding more individuals and families to the database, and now Marj Murray has the task of taking the database to the home stretch. There are just shy of 39,000 individuals, and some 15,000 families that will appear in the book. This is going to take the total page count to monumental proportions. I'm estimating that the book will be around 2,000 pages. The index alone will be 300-400 pages.
When? The cutoff was changed to the end of April, 2011, and from the time I start, it should take 6-9 months to prepare the first draft.
Originally, we were not going to publish the "lineage unknown" Grinnells, but thanks to an amazing piece of genealogy software published in Germany, I was able to quickly identify over 50 heads of families, who will be included in the new book.
How much will this all cost? Well, with 2,000 pages, and all the challenges from this, I can only guess the price will be somewhere between $100 and $200. Much depends upon the binding options our printer can offer us. I will report in my blog, as well as the GFA Newsletter, how well I am progressing with this important program.
In the meantime, I want to thank all of you for your patience, and I do hope to have something to show you all in late 2011 or early 2012.
I will also be using this blog to detail my activities as the book progresses, explain some of the technology that has gone into the preparation, and any other thoughts and deeds that relate to the new book.
With apologies to Bette Davis, it's going to be a bumpy ride.