Thanks to everyone!
If you are looking for genealogical books, try Global Genealogy in Canada or Family Roots Publishing in the United States
We wish them good luck. These are tough days for genealogical suppliers, even for established ones. (Genealogy Unlimited has been around since 1974, and Interlink Bookshop since 1988.)
In the meantime, don't hesitate to check Dave Obee's website , or Cangenealogy for Canadian links, or Volhynia for information on the northwest corner of Ukraine.
We sold maps and books to more than a thousand people over the years. Many of them remain good friends.
We also spent hours tracking down obscure villages for people, using clues that were inaccurate or inconsistent. Old maps were rarely indexed, so every search took time. We believed the line about "if you can find that village on a map, I will buy it from you," even though it was proven, time and time again, to be one of the classic Great Lies.
In one case, we spent five hours tracking down one tiny birthplace. When we found it, the customer decided not to buy the map. It would have cost him $15, and our profit would have been less than a dollar. Five hours of work, for one dollar, and the map was declined. So five hours of work for nothing.
We brought in from Europe, on special order, hundreds of maps for people who then decided they didn't want them. (One classic reason: "The map you have is from 1912. My ancestors left in 1911. So your map is useless.") We have recycled dozens already, and many more will go in the next few weeks. Boxes filled with modern atlases have also gone to the shredder.
The simple truth is that we have been losing money on map sales for years, but we kept at it. We did that because we honestly believe that you can't do effective genealogical work without knowing about geography. We believed that so strongly that we spent our own money to help strangers. In the end, our efforts were rarely appreciated.
Now that we have that out of our system, we'll go back to thinking of the friends we made. The great finds we had that helped serious researchers get past roadblocks. The thrill of success. The people who were so grateful for the work we did.
Really, all in all, it's been fun.
Thanks for your support over the years.
Dixie and Dave