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Author Larry Grinnell will write periodic blogs relating to the production of the next Grinnell genealogy.



Grinnell Genealogy Book - Progress Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:23

Last month, I extracted a GEDCOM (Genealogical Data COMmunication) file from the Grinnell genealogy database—the one that I still intend (yeah, you’ve heard that one before…) to make available to GFA members, along with the archive of GFA newsletters all the way back to Vol. 1, No. 1. But that’s a different topic that I do promise to address in the near future.

The GEDCOM file, containing the names of over 40,000 individuals and linked information of almost 15,000 marriages, was brought into a genealogical database program called Genbox. This program, virtually unheard of by most folks in the genealogy biz, hasn’t been updated in several years, but it has a combination of features that I have yet to find in any other genealogy database computer programs—at least for those who want to publish a genealogy:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:39 )
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Planning a Genealogy Book PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 03 June 2011 11:16

I did the previous Grinnell genealogy back in 1997. I prefer to call myself the editor, rather than the author, because the lion’s share of the backbreaking research, the writing of anecdotal text, and the rest was done almost entirely by others.

What I did was to find the appropriate technology to make the job as easy as possible. The 1997 Grinnell genealogy consisted of something around 15-20,000 individuals and 5-7,000 families, and resulted in a book of approximately 700 8-1/2 by 11 pages set in two columns, with a four-column index (which itself ran over 100 pages).

The new Grinnell genealogy is going to dwarf that effort by a whole bunch. We’re looking at over 60,000 individuals, and over 15,000 families. The book will likely exceed 2,000 pages, including an index that will probably be somewhere around 400 pages.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:30 )
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Where We Are On "The Book" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:05

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.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:30 )
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