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Family history books

Everyone has a story to tell, and every child or grandchild deserves to learn about the people who came before them. Cherish your family history in a printed keepsake memento produced by the best photo book company in New Zealand. Explore inspiring examples and ideas below.

Family history books

Legacy books

Celebrate your personal journey in an illustrated memoir or life story book filled with priceless photos, text and memorabilia. You'll enjoy recording the memories and milestones over the years, and you'll have the ultimate gift to pass on to future generations. Keep your precious memory book safe with a dust-jacket and clamshell box that will ensure it lasts a lifetime.

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Family tree books

Ancestry books & family tree books

Do your endless hours of family history research justice by curating all the stories, maps and documents into a genealogy book that looks like a professional publication. Let your history live on by printing copies for your relatives, or as a commemorative edition for a family reunion. For an heirloom quality book, choose a Deluxe leather-like cover with embossing. Take advantage of our volume discounts when ordering two or more products. Note: Visit Gould's Genealogy for information on family tree design software.

Sympathy cards

Sympathy cards

Honour your parent, grandparent or loved one’s memory by creating a personalised sympathy card. Feature their photo on the front, and thoughtful words carefully crafted by you on the inside. A memorial book capturing moments from their childhood, married life and retirement is a perfect complement.

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More inspiration
Family recipe book
Family recipe book

Recipes hold such strong memories for many families, so preserve nanna’s signature dish or everyone’s favourite bake in an unforgettable recipe book. It’s also a great Christmas gift for siblings and cousins.

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How to create a family history book


 

Family history photo book
Plan in advance

Before you even open Momento’s software, decide how you’d like to organise and present all your information. How will you sequence the topics in your book? Chronologically? By family line? Location? Event? Sibling? As this will guide your whole book preparation and design.

 

Filing your content
Filing your content

Make life easy by storing all your files in a single folder with subfolders to match the sequence of your book i.e. if you choose to present the information in chronological order, create sub folders for each decade or year. Be aware, if you move a file from its original location after you’ve started designing your book, the software will lose the link and it will ask you to direct you to the new folder before it can display the image again.

 

Scanning old photos
Scanning old photos
If you want to include old photographs, negatives, slides or printed documents you’ll need to scan them first. These scanner settings will give you the best results.
  • Dots per inch: DPI determines how big you can print a scanned image.
  • Scan 300 dpi if you plan to print the image at its original size
  • Scan at 600 dpi if you plan to print the image at twice its original size, and 900 dpi for 3 times the original size
  • File format: Save as a JPG or TIFF with a minimum quality setting of 8 or 80%
  • Before scanning use a lint free cloth to wipe the scanner’s glass and the photo to remove excess dust.

 

Photo optimisation
Photo optimisation

Don’t get bogged down recovering old photos, the wear and tear is a sign of authenticity and is part of the story but you’ll find Photoshop’s Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches and Despeckle options can assist.

 

Family tree software
Family tree software

We’re yet to discover any dedicated family history book software but Momento’s software combined with family tree creation software is the next best thing. Design your family tree diagram in your preferred Family Tree software such as Legacy Family Tree Maker or Microsoft Visio then export the image as a JPEG, TIFF or PNG file to drag it into your Momento project.

 

Spellcheck text

Don’t forget to do a spellcheck in your word processing program before copying and pasting the text into Momento’s software.

 

 

Adding text

Momento’s software is powerful and easy-to-use but it wasn’t designed to deal with lots of full page text, rather it allows you to add words to give your images context.  To add text click the Text Tool at the top right of the software, click the mouse where you want the text to appear, then copy and paste from your source document into the text box. Choose 12 point text or larger for the best legibility. The older members of your family will be most grateful!

 

History embellishments
Adding embellishments

Momento’s software includes hundreds of graphics to decorate your pages plus readymade full page templates that you can drop photos into. To access more Embellishments, go to the Updater Panel on the right of the software and download a new pack. Old Times and Elegance are particularly appropriate. See our dedicated post on Momento embellishments for family history books for more inspiration.

 


Before we sign off, we want to remind you that you're creating history every day, so creating an annual family photo book will ensure your family history is always up to date.

 

 

Customer love
"My experiences with Momento have all been very positive. The assistance I received was so helpful. The presentation and quality of the end product was truly superb."
- Don McLeod
"I reviewed many family history photo book services before starting my project and I’m glad I trusted Momento with my father’s history. I was thrilled with the quality of the printing, so printed several copies for my family too." -  John Sligo

 

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Photo Credits: John Sligo, Maura Boland, Annie McPhee, Karen Placido, Colleen Muir, Kelly Slater, The Beautiful Collective, Cristina Tortorella


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