After years of personal and professional research, plus instructing many genealogy classes, I became acutely aware of the sensible type of information genealogists really needed. So in 1970 I wrote and published the research guide Don’t Cry “Timber!” which incorporated these much-needed instructions.
I knew I’d written an outstanding book, but because of my inborn timidity, I was a very poor press agent. Miraculously, the Genealogical Helper provided the courage that overcame this hangup! It advised:
He who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell,
Will never reap the golden dollars
Like he who climbs a tree and hollars!
No truer words were ever written; for me this was a real push from the courage department! Today I’m probably the only woman in the world who has ever written and published (on her own) a genealogical how-to book soon going into the seventh edition. My book has become known all over the United States and has helped thousands of genealogists. I still maintain complete ownership of my business, keep Don’t Cry “Timber!” constantly updated, write all advertising, and fill all orders-promptly.
Thank you, Genealogical Helper, for your catchy little rhyme; may it encourage many others!
Description: Episode #4, entitled A Catchy Rhyme of the Series Relatively Speaking. The following story is from the MyGenShare.com Archives of the Everton Genealogical Helper as told by Prudence Groff Michael in May 1982 about the Rhyme climb a tree and holler.