Thursday, July 19, 2007

MemoryPress – Publish your family history

Ol' Myrt has been communicating all afternoon with Jeff Harmon, who works with a small startup company in Utah called FamilyLearn. They just released a family history product called MemoryPress -- a "start-to-finish solution to publish your personal or family history into a beautiful hardbound book."

Jeff Harmon explained there are 5 things that set MemoryPress apart:
  1. Online Collaboration—kind of like Google Docs, MemoryPress lets you collaborate online, but to create your family history.
  2. REAL Typesetting —powered by TeX, MemoryPress easily organizes and typesets up 480 page books online! To our knowledge, this has NEVER been done online before.
  3. Tech Mash-up—MemoryPress will soon import blogs, MS Word Documents, Online condolences, flickr photos. (Out of these we have only released the flickr import to date.)
  4. Really Long Lasting Books—When you print your family history stories you want them to last. Watch what happened when we put a MemoryPress book in the dryer for 45 minutes.
  5. Customer Phone Support—Creating a book can be difficult for the non-tech savvy user, it can be difficult to learn drag-&-drop, uploading photos, etc... Give us a call and we will step [you] through it at no extra charge.

"MemoryPress' purpose is to publish Family History books (baby, wedding, memorial, biographies, etc...), archiving them online and making them search-able, while publishing them into traditional book form."

We just got back from a big family reunion on Orcas Island, the first one since our mom & step-mom Blanche passed away. YES, our 88-year old dad managed to make the trip, with the help of a higher oxygen concentration each night.

I had already decided to design a book to be printed for Dad with great pictures from the huge collection we’ve gathered, using a variety of digital cameras.

When exploring MemoryPress at Ol' Myrt discovered, we can WORK TOGETHER to get this book compiled. I can invite the other members of the family to be in on the actual composition of memories in both text and photo format. Here’s what I did:

  • Set up chapters with place holders for each family group
  • Sent an invitation to each family group

Visiting the MemoryPress website:

I particularly value the optional how-to video clip tutorials that pop up when you get to a new section of the book-creating process.

Ol' Myrt has planned a podcast interview with Jeff Harmon, to discuss some of the particulars about the MemoryPress options – all seem designed to make your book look GREAT. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Jeff at:

I was really convinced by the 45-minutes in the dryer test for the quality of the published book and its binding.

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

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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