Sunday, June 3, 2018

Scenes from #SCGS2018

We love the Southern California Genealogy Society conference.  We've gone to this conference every year for over a decade from the time our children were little and we drove down with the whole family for an extended vacation, through their teenage years when I got to bring each of them individually to work for us an visit their favorite sites, to this year when Erin came down early so that I could stay for our youngest child's high school graduation.  We love this conference and the people here are like family.

Each year we take a short tour of the family history sites on my Mother's side, Naylor Avenue in Westchester, the Santa Monica Pier and 1433 5th Street, and the Los Angeles LDS temple.  SCGS Jamboree is both a family history conference with my genealogy family and a family history trip with my family family. 

This year again was a sweet trip, coming in a day late, I felt like I had come home.  One of our favorite moments was when Paul VanDenBrink brought in the chart we printed him several years ago, all marked up and well loved.  It's great to see he's used it perfectly and found more information.  We have several families from SCGS that need new charts this year and we are honored to help. 

Another favorite moment was when I rented a convertible to take Erin and Maureen Taylor out to dinner in Malibu.  We've come to this conference during the years we struggled to pay the hotel bill while we were still trying to get the company up and running.  And now it's nice to be here when I have the resources to treat our wonderful Erin and our great friend Maureen out to a Malibu Barbie night. 

Here are some scenes from the conference that I managed to capture in one of the quieter moments.  Keep up the great work SCGS Jamboree team.  We really appreciate your dedication and the fabulous conference you put on. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Privacy Policy Updates

In an effort to be more transparent, and to meet and exceed new laws that have come into effect, Family ChartMasters has updated our Privacy Policy

We have been vigilant about security for each and every one of the 15 years we've been in business.  We recognize the sensitive and personal nature of the information you send to us.  We are committed to being a good guardian of your personal information and handling it in a secure and responsible manner.  The information you send us will only be used for the purchases you make with us and for improving the experiences you have with our company.  We will never sell or rent your personal information to any other company and we'll never share your family history information with anyone.  We will obtain express permission for any circumstances that might fall outside our strict privacy policy. 

We strive to bring you good information that is valuable to you, but you are always welcome to unsubscribe from our newsletter with the link at the bottom.  Likewise, you can contact our Data Protection Officer with any concerns you might have or to delete your information. 

We continue to be committed to our mission of bringing you easy, beautiful family history display options, and great ideas about how to share your history with your family members.  Please let us know how we can be of service to you. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Virtual Genealogical Society

We're excited to support the new Virtual Genealogical Society.  Check it out:
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The Virtual Genealogical Society is a global organization serving family history enthusiasts of all levels, geared towards those:

● whose circumstances make it difficult to attend local genealogical society meetings

● who prefer online presentations, special interest groups (SIGs), conferences, and socializing

● with an interest in connecting, networking, and mentoring with global genealogists

The Virtual Genealogical Society began with the recognition that many family history enthusiasts are merging technology and globalization in their genealogical pursuits. We aim to provide a forum for genealogists to connect, network, and mentor with genealogists around the world through monthly meetings online, webinars, social networking, annual conferences, and in-person meet-ups at conferences, institutes and events around the world.

Membership is just $20 per year and provides:

● 24/7 access to Members-Only section of website

● Recorded monthly webinars by nationally-known speakers

● Webinar handouts

● Live chat with featured speakers in members-only Facebook group

● Fillable PDF forms for family history research

● Digitized monthly newsletter

● Eligibility for prizes offered during monthly webinars

● Access to Special Interest Group (SIG) discussions and handout

● Discount on annual virtual conference registration cost

● Eligibility for prizes during annual virtual conference

● Discounts on genealogy software, databases, publications and products

● Members-only Facebook group for networking, mentoring, and socializing

The Virtual Genealogical Society encourages all members to continue joining the genealogical societies in their local area and/or in the area where their ancestors lived. These societies can provide additional benefits that include:

● Access to their local database of records and indexes

● Mentorship from society members with expertise in local records and repositories

● Field trips to area repositories

The Virtual Genealogical Society will be hosting a three-day virtual conference from November 1-3, 2019. Confirmed presenters are listed on our website:

For more information, contact us at or visit

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sunshine and Jessica Taylor

I had the delightful opportunity to have lunch with Jessica Taylor again yesterday, this time at the Trellis Cafe at Thanksgiving Point.  The Tulip Festival is in full swing and it was a beautiful day to eat out on the porch.  If you haven't ever been to Utah during the Tulip Festival, you must come.  Last fall we finished the new windows in my office and I've been itching to plant the flower garden I will be able to see from my desk.  I had a few pots outside with tulips and daffodils, but it is nothing like the majesty of what is going on at Thanksgiving Point.  So it was a wonderful break from our busy days to take a break with the beautiful Jessica and the beautiful tulips.

Jessica is a great friend.  She owns Legacy Tree Genealogists and has won several awards for the amazing business she is building.  She and I are trying to figure out the details of how to scale our businesses so it is good to have someone to share ideas with.  We both find ourselves in the position of knowing more about our company's subject than we do about how to run a company--much like most entrepreneurs--but we're figuring it out.  We founded the Genealogy Business Alliance together and I think that has made an impact on the industry and been a support to other startup companies.  She is a light in my life and hopefully together, we can light the way for others as well. 

Yesterday, it felt like I was a bundle of concerns, about business, about family and about stuff.  We were sitting in the sunshine, and it really helped. (Do you ever have a day like that?) It was great to have a safe place to talk about it all.  We both came away with notes about new avenues we wanted to try and resources that we could follow up on.  I'm so thankful to have a partner in crime and someone who understands, someone to work on projects with and someone who is figuring out the same puzzle.  It is always so nice to get together. 

I'm thankful to have such a great friend. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fun Interview with Angela Rodesky

Wow, she got me talking didn't she?  It is so great to be able to share our story.  Thanks Angela! 

Take a look:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It's Coming, It's Coming..Our RootsTech Plans

It's getting close.  It feels a bit like Christmas Eve.  The biggest family history gathering is coming up and we can't wait to see all of our friends.  

You may remember the chicken with her head cut off named Janet last year.  Two booths, Five lectures, including the Innovator's Summit, two with my sister and one with my Dad.  SUPER FUN, but a super big crash afterward.  So this year, for the first time, I decided not to apply to teach, but just to focus my efforts on our Family ChartMasters booth and having time to really enjoy the wonderful people we get to work with.

We have some special sales we're doing for the conference.  Check out a few of the signs we've been printing:

So I'm so excited to be able to help our clients and have time to talk individually to each of you.  I'll be available for consultations anytime and all of our wonderful designers will be there too.

We've also helped organize a super fun game with the Genealogy Business Alliance where you can play for instant coupons and lots of prizes.  Just scan the barcodes at each booth to play.  We're giving away a free canvas DNA Chart.  Watch this fun video from the Family History Fanatics to get all the deets.

Can't wait to see you.  If you aren't able to come, be sure to watch the live stream.  You're sure to learn alot and get even more excited about family history.  Let us know what we can do to help you.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Best of the Year

Each year, as a part of our RootsTech preparations, we go back through the custom charts we've created to select a few of our favorites.  We then go back and ask those clients if they would be willing to let us share their charts.  This year we had so many favorites that it was hard, and we ended up choosing more than ever before.  Check out the amazing work our designers have been doing lately.  You can clearly see that "if you can dream it up--we can create it for you."

We've added these to our gallery so you are welcome to click over there to find larger versions. 

Of course, we change all of the names on the charts-especially the living people, but if you see any ancestors that look familiar, shoot us an email.  Some of our clients asked to leave their ancestor's names as is, in the hopes that displaying their chart might help find some cousins to connect with.  We promised them that we'd connect you should anything match up.  Likewise, some of the charts have been edited slightly for the use we needed them for.

We're delighted to show these off at RootsTech soon.  Please come see how spectacular they are in person.  And if you can make it this time, catch us at one of our other conferences this year.  We're looking forward to seeing you, and working on coming up with a spectacular chart for your own family.  Maybe you'll be one of our winners next year!