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                              -ABOUT YATES PUBLISHING-

My name is Bill Yates, and I started Yates Publishing in 1972. We published genealogical quarterlies for several years and also took printing jobs for genealogical books and periodicals. In 1981 I started the Family Group Sheet Exchange, which continues to be the major emphasis of the business. There are over 80,000 members of the Family Group Sheet Exchange. Anyone who orders photocopies from our files automatically becomes a member. Many of the members have participated by submitting their own research results, often the fruit of many years of research and much expense. The sheets are a great reference tool. We advertised for many years in THE GENEALOGICAL HELPER (Logan, Utah) and in THE FAMILY TREE (Moultrie, Georgia). Now we mostly advertise on the World Wide Web.

We have over 200,000 pages of family group sheets in our paper files and several hundred thousand more on disk. We no longer add to the files because of the proliferation of similar genealogical material that is now on line. Our data is from researchers who were active before the popularity of the Internet. Therefore, much of what we offer can be found nowhere else.


Q.  What are Family Group Sheets?

A.  The family group sheet is one of the most handy tools ever invented for the genealogist. It is second only to the familiar pedigree chart (aka ancestor chart) in usefulness and popularity. There are many different formats which have been published over the past fifty years or so, but each form concerns the family unit - husband, wife, and children. There are spaces for births, deaths, and marriages, and usually some room is provided for notes and sources. Most versions call for the name and address of the person filling in the form.

While the pedigree chart maps out the skeleton of a genealogy, the family group sheet provides the details. The first of three essential uses for this ubiquitous tool is as an intermediary between raw data and a finished manuscript. Many people have prepared very extensive family histories by simply filling in the blanks on family group sheets. Secondly, the family group sheet serves as a guide when gathering information. At a quick glance it is easy to see what information is known and what is missing. As soon as the blanks are filled in for the parents and for each of the children, complete with some form of documentation, work can proceed to the next generation. Many people gather data from relatives by sending a blank form to each aunt, uncle, and cousin, asking them to return the original or a copy when completed.

A third and very important use for the family group sheet is as a means of exchanging information with other researchers. It is a good idea to balance your efforts by spending 50% of your effort doing original research and 50% trading with other family historians. A great way to accomplish the trades in an efficient manner is to swap photocopies of family group sheets. Realizing this, I started a clearinghouse for several of my ancestral surnames in 1974. I called it the Cooperative Research Exchange, or CORE. Then in 1981 I expanded the concept to include all American (U.S.) surnames and called it the Family Group Sheet Exchange. We now have hundreds of thousands of family group records in our paper files.. We have by far the largest collection of its kind anywhere.

Q.  How will the sheets help me, especially if my family is not included?

A.  As you can see by the Testimonials, it is not unusual to find a connection right away.  Even if you do not, the sheets are great for reference as you continue your research.  It is likely that you will find a connection as time goes by.  Also, from the sheets you can see who has researched what families, and may be able contact them for an exchange of information if they are still active. Many people maintain large collections on a family surname, including many of the surname who are not related, and are willing to share whatever might be useful to you, especially if you are willing to reciprocate.

Q.  What area of the country are the sheets from?

A.  Most of the sheets concern families from the eastern half of the United States, that is, east of the Mississippi River. Of course, that is because the east was the first to be settled, and most families have origins there if they came to this country before 1850.

Q.  Is the information documented?

A.  Many of the sheets include brief documentation, but virtually all of them include the name and address of the submitter, which is the most valuable documentation you could have, because it often leads to a wealth of information.

Q.  What if the submitter is deceased or cannot be reached?

A.  That would be unfortunate, but remember that the sheet which was submitted to us may be the only surviving example of the results of many years of research by that person.  By verifying and extending that research, you may be able to make great progress with your genealogy.

"I recently purchased a set of family group sheets from you with the surname MCGINNIS.  I was thrilled at all of the information I received.  Thank you for your wonderful service. It helps people like me communicate with so many others researching exactly what I am."  --NB, Corpus Christi, TX

"Sometime ago I ordered the Light family group sheets.  I will have to say I was a little skeptical, but to my surprise this took me back three more generations.  Thanks so much and keep up the good work."  --JML, Macks Creek, MO

"My husband and I are both pleased with the NEWSOM and GILBERT sheets received a few days ago.  We are ordering more ancestor name sheets.  Thanks for your ad we saw.  This is fascinating!"  --DGN, Vernon, FL

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Bill Yates
PO Box 224
Alberton, MT 59820