Everton Publishers puts folks in touch with genealogy
NIBLEY -- The old church stands apart from the rest of the scenery when entering town. It seems a little out of place amid the small-town convenience store, typical homes and open spaces.
When it was built, it might have blended in with the hometown feeling of the neighborhood, but now a lit-up sign adorns the front door identifying it as a major place of business.
About 22 years ago, a publishing company that transformed this house of worship into an office building bought this church.
Everton Publishers has been running since 1947, when Walter Everton founded it in Logan, according to company Vice President Bob Arbon.
Originally Everton began in the history libraries of Logan, Arbon said. He later wrote an article for the Herald Journal, which turned into a quarterly genealogy paper.
The company publishes Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine every other month, Arbon said. It has a readership of about 40,000.
They moved to Nibley when the church came up for sale and they won the bid.
"We provide a service for people who are searching out ancestors," Arbon said. "We try to give them the best information we can."
Arbon said the magazine contains information about anything regarding genealogy including an annual listing of genealogical professionals and societies in the United States. It also reviews genealogy publications and has a display and classified section.
The company also produces genealogical supplies including microfiche, CD-ROMs, books, forms, recording sheets and software, according to its web site.
Its website provides a list of other genealogy sites, books, online tutorials and access to information across the country.
Everton employs 14 people, and only one of those lives in Nibley, Arbon said.
"We contribute a little bit to the community, but not a lot," Arbon said.
Arbon said their goal is to increase the number of magazine subscriptions.
The magazine is not affiliated with any group or genealogy society, but functions as an independent source for information, Arbon said.