the Short-Run Publishing and
Family History Publishing Specialists

How to Write a Family History that People will Actually Read

Learn how to write your family history or memoir so it gets read! Discover the difference between simply boring and totally exciting and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that waste time and money. Those attending are encouraged to bring stories they’ve written.


Tom Underhill published his first book 19 years ago and started publishing books full-time two years later. Since 1999, Creative Continuum has specialized in publishing high-quality, short-run books, including family histories, memoirs, and photo and fine art books. During the last several years, Tom and his company produced more than 400 family history heirloom books, printed more than 12.5 million pages and scanned more than 13,500 photographs.
Creative Continuum has published several award-winning books. Among them, The California Missions as Art won a Davey Award in 2007 for design. A History of African-American Families and Slaveholders in Cass County, East Texas was awarded the Best Genealogy in Texas in 2005.
Tom’s speaking experience includes most of Southern California’s family history fairs and other major genealogical conventions. He has also presented at the Utah Genealogical Association’s annual conferences. Tom presented at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations and at the 2005 FGS annual convention in Salt Lake City.
Tom is the author of thirteen books.
Tom has been quoted in a number of publications including the the Deseret News, Hartford Courant and the Dallas Morning News.
In 2007, Creative Continuum was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Award.


In the Beginning is a 158-page, 5.5"x8.5" book with paperback binding published in 2008.



Just Wait ’til Your Father Gets Home! is a 123-page, 5.5"x8.5" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2005.



Ele is a 108-page, 6"x9" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2010.



Gung Ho: A Hero Marines Story is a 243-page, 7.75"x10.75" book with library edition hardback with gloss printed cover binding published in 2004.



Nobody asked me but.. It isn’t easy being Jewish is a 97-page, 6"x9" book with paperback binding published in 2007.



SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2011 Kids Camp Syllabus is a 30-page, 8.5"x11" book with spiral bound workbooks binding published in 2011.



The Adventures of James: A Trip to the Oncologist is a 42-page, 5.5"x4.75" book with paperback binding published in 2006.



Jurupa Family History Fair 2007 Syllabus is a 92-page, 8.5"x11" book with paperback binding published in 2007.



The Adventures of James: Baby Sarah is Born is a 42-page, 5.5"x4.75" book with paperback binding published in 2006.



Orange Family History Fair 2007 Syllabus is a 138-page, 8.5"x11" book with paperback binding published in 2007.