Meitzler new Managing Editor at
NOTE: This just in from Leland Meitzler. All inquiries should be addressed to
him through his blog:
I GOT A JOB! Meitzler new Managing Editor at Everton from Leland
As the readers of this blog know, a couple of months ago, after 3 years of
heavy losses, I finally had to give up on Heritage Creations. The last few weeks
have been spent with paperwork - lots of paperwork. Not fun…
I am happy that today I can announce that I’m signing a contract with Genealogy
Online, Inc., dba Everton Publishers, to act as Managing Editor for “The
Genealogical Helper.” The Helper was my only competition in the magazine
business for many years. Now, 20 years later, Heritage Quest Magazine (in name)
is gone, and I’m about to control the content of my former competitor and a
genealogical publication that’s been around for nearly 60 years - three times as
long as Heritage Quest Magazine. I plan to blend the best aspects of Heritage
Quest Magazine content along with those of The Genealogical Helper. The first
issue with my name on it will be that for July/August 2006.
The folks at Everton have agreed to “honor subscriptions and committed ads for
the issues of Heritage Quest Magazinethat were not published.” That is a relief
for me, as I am assured that at least part of my obligations will be fulfilled -
not quite as we had all planned, but I firmly believe that folks will like what
we have in store for them!
Patty and I want to thank all of you for your cards, letters, gifts and emails
of support during this trying time in our lives. They have helped to make life a
bit more bearable. I also want to thank Walt Fuller, publisher at Evertons, for
giving me this opportunity. I don’t know that I deserved it, but I won’t let him
Leland K. Meitzler
Following is the announcement that Walt sent out this morning:
Dear Family History Researcher:
I have both sad news…and very exciting news!
The sad news is that Holly Hansen is leaving as Editor-in-Chief of the
Genealogical Helper, and we wish her only the best as she devotes her
considerable energy to further developing her own company, My Ancestors Found,
while hopefully having a bit more time to spend with her family.
After a year of intense negotiations with the City of Logan and the former
owners or Family History Network, which resulted in the Everton Library being
donated to the City and Everton Publishers becoming operational, Holly was one
of the first people we called to get the Genealogical Helper up and running. She
responded beautifully, did an exemplary job for this magazine, and without her
experience, skill and dedicated hard work, the Helper would not have been able
to make the successful comeback it has. Again, thank you, Holly, and good luck.
We are deeply appreciative of all you have contributed.
And now for the exciting news! Leland Meitzler is joining Everton Publishers as
the Managing Editor of the Genealogical Helper. Unless you started your
involvement with family history research only yesterday…Leland will likely need
no introduction. He is one of the true giants…and founders…of the modern
genealogy industry, and he brings a wealth of skills and years of experience to
Everton. He will also produce Everton’s Newsline and write a daily blog. We
could not be more pleased to have him on board. The Helper is in excellent
In honor of Leland joining us, and following his wishes, we will honor
subscriptions and committed ads for the issues of Heritage Quest that were not
published. If you know anyone who might wish to take advantage of this offer,
please have them call us at 800 443-6325 or 435 752-6022. Going forward, the
Genealogical Helper will contain the best of both magazines and include an
exciting, major new feature section on Genealogy, Technology, and the Web.
These are very good times at Everton! As always, we will continue striving to
offer you only the best in a range of publications, products and services
essential for family history researchers…and at reasonable prices.
President and Publisher