Thursday, February 28, 2008

Halvor Moorshead retires tomorrow

Just received an email announcement from Halvor Moorshead, publisher of Family Chronicle, History Magazine, and Internet Genealogy Magazine, which reads in part:

I am retiring on Friday, 29 February 2008

I wish I had the capacity to e-mail everyone with whom I do business - and my friends – individually about the following but this is not practical so I am sending out this general announcement about important changes affecting our publishing

I have sold Moorshead Magazines - which includes Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, History Magazine and the new Discovering Family History and will be retiring. The sale finalizes on Friday 29 February 2008.

This is not quite as radical as it first sounds. I am selling the company to two of the staff - Ed Zapletal and Rick Cree. They have made it clear that their main reason for buying the company is that they do NOT want any changes. There will obviously be some differences as I will be out of the picture, but there will be no staff changes.

Victoria, Marc and Jeannette will be continuing in the same roles.

I turned 65 in November and want time to travel and do other things with Marian (my wife) while we are still capable (I also plan on spending a lot of time researching my own genealogy!). I also want to do more lecturing.

I am intensely proud of what we have done with Moorshead Magazines - we have dedicated, loyal and highly experienced staff. Ed and Rick have both been with me for 24 years - way, way before we published Family Chronicle. We work very well together and we have been pretty successful.

Things are going well – Discovering Family History looks as though it will become another success story and this is important to me; I very much want to retire on a high note.

Part of the sale agreement is that I will act as a consultant related to the magazines for three years so I am not entirely cut off. In addition, I plan to be at the NGS Annual Convention in Kansas City in May, largely to say goodbye personally to the many friends I have made in the genealogy field over the years.

Ed Zapletal, who will take over as publisher, can be reached at
(416) 491-3699 xt 110

Rick can be reached at (416) 491-3699 xt 106

The company is still Moorshead Magazines.

OL' MYRT'S HAT’S OFF TO YOU, Halvor! Time to enjoy life with your dear wife. Please know you have been a strong influence in the world of genealogy and your legacy lives on through the high standards you’ve set for magazine publishing. I have no doubt you'll be in high demand on the genealogy seminar lecture circuit.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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