My favorite way to spend a day -- when I get to take something boring and turn it into something beautiful. So when we got a call from this client, who lives on quaint Fisher's Island, New York, we were excited about the challenge she offered.
Our client had hired a professional genealogical researcher to research her family lines. As far as I could tell, the data was sound and the researcher had done a great job of sleuthing out some interesting facts. But the research was presented to the client in a series of word files with a few photocopied documents attached. Great stuff, but not so much to look at.
So, using the original reports as narrative, we found a number of public domain maps and photographs to add some visual interest. Our client dug up some great old family photos and we requested high-resolution files of the original documents from the researcher. (We also found a number of them on Ancestry and FamilySearch, also high-res.) We imported the data into charts to make them more readable and attractive. On the cover, we used a beautiful original painting done by a family member who was the "starting point" of the research.
Voila! A gorgeous oversized coffee table book that our client gave as gifts to other family members. It was a fun project for us and I learned some fascinating history of the Acadians to boot!