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Preserve your family stories for generations to come.

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Custom Services

What book would you love to give family, friends, grandchildren?

Begin with family stories, and a box of photos from the attic:

end with a beautiful, engaging book that will be cherished for generations.


Tell your family story now,
before the memories fade.


NextGen Story is about helping families capture the stories of their loved ones.


My name is Mali, the founder of NextGen Story. I am a former high school teacher with a background working in university, non-profit, and philanthropic settings. I'm a family historian, facilitator, and certified Guided Autobiography instructor. I hold a B.A. (UBC), B.Ed. (SFU), and an M.A. in Adult Learning and Education (UBC). I'm also the author of Our Homes on Indigenous Lands: Stories of My Ancestors Across Turtle Island.

This work began when I helped my grandmother publish her memoirs. She had typewritten stories and old albums of photos. I worked with her to type, scan, organize, edit, design, and eventually publish a family history book. She was so proud of her book, and it has meant so much to our family.


I've always dreamed that I could help other families publish their own family history books. If your loved one is alive, I'd love to talk with them about how to tell their life story. If you'd like to honour a loved one who is no longer here, it would be a privilege to work with the photos and memories you have. Either way, let's work together to create a book that will last for generations to come.

Image of Mali Bain, founder of NexGen Story.


Without NextGen Story our family’s precious book would not have been made. Mali’s keen eye for detail and her sense of the overall picture brought our Grandmother’s memories together to form a beautiful, fascinating, and meaningful arc. Not only did this project create an absolute treasure of a book, but the process also allowed many of us grandchildren to spend time connecting with Grandma through photos, writings, and conversations as we helped curate and edit. Mali was organized and professional yet completely sensitive to our family’s feelings and priorities throughout.

Sam, NextGen Story Client

Her suggestions on edits, additions, and narrative have helped to focus and re-focus the scope. Mali's passion for genealogical research provided valuable input into some missing family information. More than just a trip down memory lane, this project has been a treasure hunt, taking me in many directions, (rabbit holes!) and Mali's knowledge, skill, and intuitive strategy have guided me along the way to make stronger connections with my family's past..

Janis Dobson, NextGen Story client

Past Projects

I love to work alongside individuals and families to create high quality, professional books. Here are a few of the projects I've worked on:

  • Lilies of My Field, by Claudia A. Bain - Memoir of Claudia's life as a teacher, mother, and adventurer.

  • Mom's Daily Notes - a collection of Claudia's daily emails & paintings. Custom book samples.

  • Our Homes on Indigenous Lands: Stories of My Ancestors. Currently in press (Hancock Press)

  • The Great, Great, Great Harry Foote - Children's book about an ancestor. Children's Book samples.

  • Private project - Coffee-table book about a brother, son, and uncle who died at the age of twenty in World War II. Family History Book samples.

  • Private project - Tribute book bringing together photographs and memories of a grandmother, mother, traveler, and teacher. Family History Book samples.

Visual example of a custom family history book.
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