Genealogy Online buying famed Everton collection

A done deal: Logan is selling the assets but will get a share of future sales
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LOGAN - After obtaining 82,000 papers and other genealogical resources valued at $1.7 million, Logan has added what may be the most important document of all: a contract selling the collection's business assets.

The Everton Genealogical Collection - along with rights to The Everton Genealogical Helper magazine and The Handybook for Genealogists - was donated to Logan in June. The collection, well known in genealogical circles, includes family histories, maps, atlases and other historical documents.

Mayor Doug Thompson had planned to make the papers part of Logan's library system and sell the rights to the publications.

Now, Logan-based Genealogy Online Inc. is buying Everton's business assets for $90,000, including the magazine and book, Thompson said. In addition, the business will pay Logan 1.5 percent of its net sales revenue annually.

Under the deal, Genealogy Online also secures the rights to make and use digital copies of the Everton Collection.

For its part, the city will receive free access to two pages per issue in the Everton Genealogical Helper magazine and "reasonable space" on the company's Internet site "to provide any information the city deems appropriate" regarding the collection, the city and Logan's library.

In recent months, the City Council, which was not consulted about the donation before Thompson accepted it, has denied the mayor's requests to build a temporary storage area for the collection and pay for a librarian to organize the holdings.

The council has agreed to consider those requests in the 2005-06 budget.

Council Chairwoman Laraine Swenson lauded the purchase agreement.

"The Everton Collection is a treasure," she said. "I'm glad that it will continue to be a part of our community and that it will be available for people all over the country."