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An Illustrated Children's Book Starring YOUR Ancestor! | Service by Josiah Schmidt, Professional Genealogist
Create a custom children's book starring your ancestor

Have your family history turned into a custom-made, richly-illustrated children's book! The star of the book can be your mom and/or dad, your grandparent, or even your distant ancestor from long ago.

These informative keepsake books can be enjoyed by your children or grandchildren, and even by the adults in the family. Makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, or family reunions!

Each book is 8.5 x 11 inches in size, with full color ink interiors and covers, and sturdy saddle-stitch paperback binding.

How does it work?
Step 1 What's the Story?

Decide on the story your children's book will tell. Will it tell about how your ancestor immigrated to America? Will it tell about how your grandpa met your grandma? Or will it tell about your dad or mom's childhood? You decide!

Do you still need to find out more details about your ancestor's life? Josiah Schmidt can professionally research your family history for you.
Step 2 What Did Your Ancestor Look Like?

Gather photographs and/or physical descriptions of the ancestral characters for your children's book, so that Josiah Schmidt can accurately portray them in the illustrations.

Click here to see an example of the richly-textured, illustrated story books that Josiah Schmidt creates.
Step 3 How Long Should Your Book Be?

Decide how long you want your book to be! How many pages of illustration should it have? (The printer requires a minimum of 10 pages of illustration.) It costs only $15 for each page of custom illustration.
Step 4 What Will the Book Say?

Have you already come up with a text for your book? If not, Josiah Schmidt can create a unique, professionally-crafted, rhyming text for your story book for just $5 extra per page.
Step 5 Place Your Order:



YOUR NAME:


YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:


HOW MANY PAGES OF ILLUSTRATION?
($15 per page)


DO YOU ALSO NEED PROFESSIONALLY CRAFTED, RHYMING TEXT FOR YOUR BOOK?
($5 extra per page)


WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD A FREE DEDICATION PAGE?


WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD UP TO 5 FREE PAGES OF FAMILY HISTORY IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK?


WHAT SHOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR BOOK BE?


WHAT OTHER SPECIFICATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR BOOK?


Step 6 Make Your Payment

After you e-mail Josiah Schmidt your specifications for your book, you will receive an invoice in your e-mail inbox within 24 hours. You can easily and safely pay online with your credit/debit card or PayPal account. Josiah Schmidt will begin work on your book after payment is received.
Step 7 Approve the Final Draft

When the book is finished being illustrated, you will be e-mailed a file containing the final draft of the book. You can request changes, or approve the book for printing.
Step 7 Receive Your Book in the Mail!

After paying for the creation of your book, your first physical copy of the book is free! On average, you should receive your first copy of the book in about 6 weeks (depending on current demand for books).

After you receive your copy, a webpage will also be created where other family members can also purchase copies of your book for their families. Each additional copy of the book can be purchased for $19.99.