Family Books

Memoirs and family histories take many forms. I mention them in a special section because much of my work consists of short-run, digitally-printed books for families. With the advent of online genealogical resources and widespread computer use, many memoirs and family histories are being written. They fill a growing need for telling and preserving the stories of loved ones. And now they can be easily published as interesting and professionally-designed books. If properly prepared and printed, they are true heirlooms to be treasured for generations. 

I can help you develop your ideas into a book that best suits your purposes. There are many ways to present stories and photographs. I've designed books for family stories, simple narratives, short stories, poetry, genealogical histories, military histories, stories for one's children, and a variety of memoirs. These books can be small, representing a single idea or event, or large enough to encompass a comprehensive family history. They can have photographs or not. They can be hardcover or softcover. Family books have saved deteriorating photo collections, brought together themed artworks, published essays, provided insights into lives, and been read at memorials. These books are well-received and treasured by families and friends. 


"Dorie your new web site is easy to navigate, interesting, colorful, and exciting—truly a masterpiece, as is all the book design you provide! Working with you is a delight. Together we have published many books, of which 19 now reside in the Minnesota Historical Society, two in the Smithsonian, and one in the Library of Congress. A crowning touch to my clients' lifelong journeys, your contribution to the projects have been greater than either my clients or I ever expected. Thanks so much for all the heart and soul you contribute to the efforts of Memoirs, Inc. I am forever grateful."

—Mary O'Brien Tyrrell, founder and president of Memoirs, Inc.

"Since I haven't shown your books because they belong to the families, I offer this reply. Much thanks goes to you Mary. What a pleasure it's been to grow with you and serve your clients in something so important to them and their families. I will forever remember your stories of how families use their books. I so appreciate being able to bring a professional design touch to these family heirlooms. And you, of course, are a gem. We have done lots of books, really lots, and I'm grateful to have participated."

—Dorie