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.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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.
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
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.
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!
Thursday, February 1, 2018
|George Alvin Carpenter About 1958|
But he was not a genealogist. His father Joseph Hatten Carpenter was. Joseph was a prolific genealogist who I've written about before. I suspect that my Grandfather Alvin spent most of his life feeling that his father had done everything that was necessary with our family's history. I don't think he was really very interested.
However, I do remember once, when I was about 7 or so, my Grandfather sat all of his grandchildren down on the swing on his back porch and told us about our family history. I was the oldest, my cousins were probably between 2 and 4 years old. I remember Grandpa was trying to tell us something important, but it was really boring. I didn't understand much. But I remember Grandpa was really proud of his heritage.
|About 1973. I'm on the left with my cousins on the porch swing. If my memory is right, this is the day my grandfather tried to tell us about our family history.|
Being a university professor, I know Grandpa was perfectly capable of real research and he could have been a good genealogist. However my Grandfather performed only one genealogical act in his life that I know of. He wrote a history of his father, Joseph Hatten Carpenter--the genealogist. This book is only 145 one sided pages. But that one small act had a great impact on me.
The book was published when I was 10 years old. Because I was one of the descendants, I got my very own copy. It sat on the little white bookshelf in my room and on quiet nights, I would pull it out, and read about Joseph. Even though I have many ancestors who were actually quite famous, Joseph was the one I knew the most about, and I became quite connected to him. When the time came that I wanted to learn more about my family history, you can guess who I was connected to, and where I wanted to spend my time first. I've traveled to the family history sites and archives researching along this line and I've learned alot about my patriarchal family because of this small book my Grandfather wrote.
Grandpa passed the year I turned 16. It is hard to quantify the effect he had on my life. Certainly my ethic for education came from him and that has been a huge influence in my life. I could go on and on about other things I've learned from him. But this small book has been a real treasure.
When I started lecturing at Family History Conferences, my very first lecture was "Where to Start When It Is All Done," I talked about the family history my Great-Grandfather Joseph collected and what I've been able to do with it. In that lecture, I often showed this book of my Grandfather's and talked about what an impact it had on my life and my family history work. Diving into Family History when alot of work has already been done is challenging--just like it was for my Grandfather Alvin. I tried to encourage the attendees by showing them his book and describing what an impact it had on me. I told them that if they only accomplished one thing, it would be worth it in the lives of their descendants. According to my records, I've given that lecture 34 times from coast to coast and my copy of Alvin's book has come along with me.
But the most amazing thing happened last month. My son Matthew has been helping my Dad go through his family history boxes. And they found this: A copy of the book that my Grandfather had actually signed to me. It reads in part:
I hope that you will enjoy reading about some of his wonderful accomplishments. May you learn to appreciate the great heritage you have as his great-grand-daughter. With love and best wishes, your grandfather, G. Alvin Carpenter.When they gave it to me I just cried. It was like a pat on the back from my Grandfather for the work that I have put into this industry, trying to help people with this important work. I felt like I had been fulfilling my Grandfather's wishes, to learn about our amazing heritage and honor his legacy. And even though he never saw it in this life, I had learned to appreciate this history that was so important to him.
Had I always had this copy of the book, I don't know that it would have had such an impact on me. So you never know... you never know where the trail of breadcrumbs will lead your descendants. How blessed I am for the people who went ahead of me and blazed that trail.
Monday, January 15, 2018
This Thursday I get to present a Virtual Chapter meeting for the Utah Genealogical Association with my Dad. We've given this presentation at RootsTech and at the BYU Family History Conference and I really enjoy presenting this one because it is something that we all deal with. How do we work together to deal with all the stuff we've inherited?
Here is the description:
Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. This Father and Daughter team wants to do better. What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes? Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan? Where do we put the most important items so that all of the family can find them? How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?
Don A Carpenter has a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Utah and B.A. and M.A. degrees from BYU. He retired as Associate Commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education (State Board of Regents). He also served as Assistant Dean at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Don was president of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, president of the National Association of State Approving Agencies, and president of the Jordan (Utah) School Board. He currently serves as a volunteer collecting histories at the LDS Church History Library.
Janet Carpenter Hovorka received a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim own Family ChartMasters the official printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies and GenealogyDOTcoach, a new online service that helps family history enthusiasts connect to professionals to get the specific help they need. Janet is also the author of the Zap The Grandma Gap book and workbooks to help people connect with their family by connecting them to their family history. Janet shares her passion for the nutrition family history brings to the soul on her two blogs and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is a past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches library science, business and genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College.
You can register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7882703811691568897
The UGA Virtual Chapter meets online on the third Thursday evening of each month, except December. Free to the public, you can register for the live presentation by clicking on the link above or go to virtual.ugagenealogy.org. You will receive an email confirmation and link to access the meeting when it starts. Archived videos of these presentation are available to UGA members on the website. If you would like to join the UGA. only $35 per year, go to ugagenealogy.org and select the option "Join UGA!"