Here are a few samples of books that were created with our Life Highlights package. A Life Highlights book is designed to highlight some of your best life's stories and values, or can be focused on a particular theme or time period, such as your childhood or military service.
We begin with a series of interviews, transcribe and edit to create the book's narrative, and add photos to highlight your life's most compelling stories and important values. Included with each book is a DVD containing audio and (if you wish) video interviews.
My Life Well-Remembered- highlights favorite stories of a man's family life and the values he hopes to pass on to his children.
Cadet Nurse and Fighter Pilot - the adventures of our parents in World War II.
Riches of His Grace - reminiscences of God's influence in a woman's life
My Life Thus Far - a short life story of a courageous woman in her nineties.
A Backward Glance is a collection of hilarious vignettes from Nevada rancher and mayor Jimmie Hughes.
Faith in Our Family is a collection of faith experiences connecting four generations of the Pinegar family, using a painting by a family member on the cover.
A Life Well-Lived chronicles the first-person remembrances of Michael Mazzarella, whose daughter surreptitiously collected his stories and photos and sent them to us to design a book as a surprise gift.
A comprehensive personal history is longer than a Life Highlights book and gives a more detailed view of your life. We craft the narrative in your own voice from multiple in-depth interviews and personal writings, and add more photographs. Here are just a few samples:
A Life Blessed is the autobiography of Eugene England, founder of the C.R. England Trucking company. This oversized coffee-table book tells stories from his ancestry and family, as well as his war experiences and his successful career. Written as a first-person narrative compiled from multiple interviews with Gene and his family.
Living Joyfully is the life journey of Marlene Riggs, wife, mother, and expert joy-maker. We captured her bubbly personality in this colorful oversized book.
Reflections on Life's Journey is a collection of stories, philosophy, and great photos from the fascinating life of Gordon Johnson, rendered in a oversize art book.
The design for My Lifewas inspired by mid-century travel posters from Laura Wilde's childhood in her native Uruguay.
The Man Behind the Legend,a tribute to the life of eminent chemist (and family man) Marvin Johnson.
In a biography, we craft the story of your life (or a family member's life) looking from the outside in, with an objective viewpoint. Using extensive interviews, research, and creative writing talent, our biographies are suitable for either general or private publication. For pricing and writing samples or to discuss your project further, contact us.
Look Beyond the Weeds, a third-person biography of philanthropist Beverley Taylor Sorenson written from personal and family interviews, papers, and diaries.
Tender Merciesis the story of the Debenham family, a large and luxurious coffee-table book with stunning photos and a third-person narrative crafted from personal interviews and five decades of personal diaries.
Here are some samples of comprehensive family histories, presented as oversize coffee table books.
Duty, Honor, Country is the saga of generations of a family who served in America's military. Family member James Morrison wrote the narrative and we provided editing and design for this stunning historical record.
Journeyschronicles the migration of the DiCarlo family from Italy to America in the early twentieth century. Dave DiCarlo wrote the narrative and we provided book design.
Glimpses of the Lives of Stan and Wanda Bean was compiled posthumously about this couple from an extensive collection of personal writings, diaries, family memories, and photos. The Bean family commissioned this book for a family reunion.
Grandpa McNaughtan Had a Farm is a collection of memories about a family farm that was soon to be sold to developers. The farm is now gone, replaced with a golf course and luxury homes, but the family treasures this keepsake book and one-hour documentary video.
Ancestral and genealogical histories vary greatly in scope, size, and complexity. We can breathe life into your ancestors' data by adding family photos, stories, maps, historical photos, and beautiful chart design. Family lines can be arranged by ancestry, descendancy, generationally, or a combination.
The Ancestry of Elmer Clare Armstrong is much more than pedigree charts and genealogical data. This four-generation ancestry book includes photographs and personal stories about the cast of characters in one man's ancestry.
Legacy of Triumph is the epic generational story of a Chicago family whose ancestry spanned from American slavery to French royalty. We extracted data from our client's Ancestry.com account and researched historical photos to help tell the tale.
The Ancestors of Alfred Grebe and Marie Cyr started life as a dry genealogical report in a word document. We researched historical photos and maps and added them to an oversize art book design to make this family's Arcadian roots come alive.
McGowan - The Descendants of George Willard McGowan and Sarah Ann Duntontells the journey of a couple's nineteenth-century migration from the American Midwest to frontier Canada, with stories from the lives of the descendants of their nine children.
Koellner Family History started as a genealogy software-generated narrative. We added some stories, photos, and original design to make it engaging and entertaining to read.
Here are a few comprehensive histories with a particular focus on successful careers.
Merline Leaming - A Modern Classic chronicles the style of Marlene Leaming, pioneer interior designer who brought modern design to mid-century Salt Lake City. We created her book from interviews with a minimalist, classic feel to fit her design aesthetic.
Ross E. Kendell - A Personal History combines personal family history and the successful career of a bank executive.
Fred S. Ball - I'm Not Lucky, I'm Blessed is full of amusing and gripping stories from Fred's career with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and as host of Zions Bank's "Speaking on Business."
An Extraordinary Life - The Biography of Robert Marquardt , business mogul and founder of Management Training Corporation.
These books are made to match. For couples who want to complete separate life history books, yet have their books complement each other in theme and design.
This woman's delightful history I May Be Old -- Someday, chronicling her journey from Germany to America, was created when she was 104 years old. We also created a companion book for her deceased husband, who had written his own history before he died but had never published it.
Unfaltering Faith is the life story of Hendricus Hoole. His wife, Daryl Hoole, finished her history, A Living Testimony, two years later. Although each history was quite different, we created a harmonious design for both so they would go well together.
Mack Lawrence's book, The Road I Have Taken, and his wife Judy's book, The Road Less Traveled, were each inspired by Robert Frost's famous poem. But the design of each book was tailored to their individual styles.
The Book of Highly is a memorial tribute to Highly Falkner, a dynamic man who lived life to the fullest. His family and friends remind each other to "live like Highly."
I Wish You Bluebirds is a tribute to a mother, based on a series of mother-daughter interviews and lovely photographs. This petite 6" x 9" book is full of sweet reminiscences.
Memories of LaWanna. A tribute designed for the family of a young woman who passed away decades ago. We scanned her mementos from a large unwieldy "book of remembrance" scrapbook that she left behind, and designed this much more manageable (and shareable) book.
Remembering Wendy - Reflections of a Life Well-Lived . This book was created to honor the memory of a young woman who was stricken with lymphoma shortly after the birth of her second child. It is a glimpse of her life told through a collection of photographs, letters and poetry.
Every once in a while, a project comes along that smacks us upside the head (in a good way). A project that, in the doing of it, becomes part of our narrative, part of the story of our career as personal historians, that we will never forget. It’s a story we tell often to convince others, and remind ourselves, of the power of story.
It’s a question we hear often from people who are contemplating writing a memoir or personal history: “How do I decide what to write about?” In a similar vein: “How much should I include? What should I leave out?”
One of my favorite ways to answer the question is with another question: “What would you like to know about your ancestors?”