Donating Genealogical Materials

In an effort to preserve as much information as possible for the benefit of genealogists, Genealogy Today welcomes a variety of contributions. Whether you have photographs, documents, articles, books, transcriptions or other materials that you'd like to share with others, Genealogy Today can assist in cataloging and publishing (i.e. hosting) them online.

Many visitors send us items that they discover at garage sales or flea markets. For reasonably priced items PUBLISHED PRIOR TO 1930, we will reimburse the purchase price (please include a receipt) along with shipping costs. Please do NOT purchase expensive items without contacting us first.

Photographs

If you have photographs with identifying names written on the reverse, and would like to submit either the originals, photocopies and/or scanned images, we will catalog and post them in the Family History Wiki section of the web site.

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    Documents

    If you have small documents, either regarding a group of people or just an individual, and would like to submit either the originals, photocopies and/or scanned images, we will catalog and post them in the Family History Wiki (individuals) or Free Genealogy Archive (groups) section of the web site.

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    Articles

    If you have written an article about your research experiences or a review of your favorite genealogy book, and would like to submit it for consideration to be published in the Helpful Articles or Book Reviews section, please e-mail the article to our editorial team.

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    Books

    We accept books that provide information for groups of people (e.g. yearbooks, membership lists); however, due to copyright restrictions we are only able to publish items that are more than seventy-five years old. You are welcome to submit any genealogical or historical book for consideration. If accepted, the derived information will be posted in the Free Genealogy Archive section of the web site. Ineligible items may be auctioned off, with the money generated being used to purchased additional items. Upon request, we will reimburse postage fees.

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    Transcriptions

    If you have transcribed information from a printed or handwritten publication, you may submit it for consideration -- providing complete source information. If possible, please include a scanned copy of the cover and titles pages. For cemeteries or other physical area being documented, please include a digital photograph of the location. You may submit the information in just about any common file format (i.e. plain text, CSV, XML, XLS, DOC, PDF). For other formats, please contact us first. Transcribed items submitted will be posted in the Free Genealogy Archive section of the web site.

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    Family Newsletters

    If you have published a family newsletter in the past, and would like it digitally archived and published online, we offer free scanning services for unbound, unstapled, unfolded newsletter issues. Family newsletters will be published in the Free Genealogy Archive section of the web site. Here are some examples: Potter Profiles and Gilbert Gallery. Please include (or email us) an introductory paragraph for each newsletter you submit. If you have already had your newsletter scanned into .PDF format, you may submit the issues on CD-ROM (or DVD) and we will catalog and publish them.

    Submitting Materials

    We have no format requirements for submissions; please send information in whichever format/manner you are most comfortable with. If you send us original documents/books, please include a note clearly stating whether the items are being donated to Genealogy Today LLC, or if you wish to have the item(s) returned.

    Sending Items by Postal Mail
    You may send original items, photocopies and/or digitized items on physical media (CD-Rom, DVD) to Genealogy Today LLC, P. O. Box 911, New Providence, N. J. 07974-0911 . Please include an email address so that we can send you a confirmation when the item(s) are safely received.
    Sending Digital Items by E-Mail
    You may send digitized items and/or transcriptions via e-mail to upload@genealogytoday.com . There are no file size limitations on our inbox; however, your ISP may have limits as to what you can send. If your files exceed any limits, please consider placing them on a CD-ROM, DVD or flash drive, and mailing them in.
    Scanning Suggestions
    We will accept digital files in any format; however, we recommend that you scan items in color at 300 dpi. Do not crop the images too tightly, and please store the items in .JPeG format with medium compression. For larger items (e.g. books), scan the cover/title as mentioned, and the remaining pages in greyscale at 150 dpi. If possible, please combine all of the files for a single item into a .ZIPped archive before submitting them. If you are not familiar with this terminology, simply scan using the default values of your scanner/software.
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