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Learn how to share genealogy research via CD or book

By From page A5 | April 12, 2013

Bert Donlon. Courtesy photo

The Davis Genealogy Club invites community members to learn about “Creating a Book or CD of Your Family History” with Bert Donlon, an experienced researcher, self-publisher and photography instructor. The free program takes place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

Donlon will discuss how to take the research information gathered on the family and create a book or CD to share with loved ones incorporating the traditional family tree as well as illustrative narrative chapters for the different branches of the family.

There are certain advantages to each format. The CD is in full color and has the complete family tree. Individual images or complete chapters can be printed directly from that CD. The book is an easily accessible reference to the family history and looks better than the CD on the coffee table. Such books can be created economically using a print-on-demand publishing company such as Lulu.com.

Donlon taught photography at Los Gatos High School for 25 years. In addition, he served as yearbook advisor and also taught adults for many of those years.

He started researching his family history in 1998 and in 2002 he published a 160-page soft-bound book on the Donlon family. His family tree has expanded beyond 4,700 names and many stories have been discovered and have been shared. Most recently, Donlon has produced a 794-page CD with full-color images as well as three books totaling 860 pages on his extended family, and he’s learned many tips and tricks during the process.

The club meets on the third Tuesday of most months and hosts speakers and discussion groups to tackle family history “brick wall” problems. New members are always welcome and new board members are being sought.

The Davis Genealogy Club Library at the Davis Senior Center is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and a volunteer is available during these hours to help with questions. For more about club programs or the library, call Lisa Henderson at 530-753-8943 or visit DavisGenealogy.org.

Enterprise staff

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