Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fun Charts Summer 2017--Royalty chart

We've done some fantastic charts this summer, and as usual, I'm too shy to ask people if I can share them with you.  I know they are such personal expressions of a family that it's just hard for me to ask.  But this one, I had to be brave on, because look at this awesome photo!
We were approached at the Southern California Society Jamboree by a client who wanted to celebrate this young man and show off his line that goes back to royalty.  We developed a great chart with photos and a big "Whereas..." statement about what a wonderful guy he was.  I'm not sure what they did for the celebration, but I know he was king for the day and we were delighted to hear back from them that he loved the chart.

We LOVE photos like this.  They always make our day.  So we've changed our email signature a little.  When  you correspond with us, you'll see this at the bottom of each email:
Tag your chart with #myfcmchart

And to get things going, we've devised a social media contest. 
You can enter to win our October Giveaway!

We know how excited you are to receive your Family ChartMasters chart and we LOVE seeing you share you it with others! Take a picture of you with your chart or your chart displayed on the wall, post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag:
and you will be entered to win our giveaway for a
FREE DNA chart from Family ChartMasters! This contest is open to all our former and current customers. 
The contest closes Oct 19, when we'll randomly select a winner so you have a two weeks to snap a pic of your chart and hashtag it with #myfcmchart!  
We can't wait to see all of your beautiful charts!  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Personalized DNA Ethnicity Chart

DNA Chart
New Genealogy Chart Created for Showing Off DNA Test Results 
A beautiful new way to display the results of a genetic family history test has been created for the millions of people who are getting to know their ancestors through DNA testing.  Family ChartMasters, the genealogy chart printing leader for over 15 years, has designed a new DNA ethnicity chart to help family history enthusiasts show off their genetic heritage.  
"We hope that this new chart will help people who have become curious about their genealogy through DNA testing become even more excited about searching out their ancestors," says owner Janet Hovorka.  "At Family ChartMasters we believe that family history can save the world.  The more people know about their background, the more they are inspired with civility, gratitude and compassion for other people because they find out we are all more alike than different.  We want to help people make that easy to remember every day."

The new DNA chart comes in three styles, Basic, Modern and Antique, to fit different d├ęcor styles.  In less than five minutes a person can enter the ethnicity estimates from their DNA test (currently aligned with Ancestry's DNA regions), and upload an optional photo.  After viewing a preview, an order can be placed to print the chart on archival Professional Paper or Artist's Grade Canvas.  Following Family ChartMasters' proven track record of superior service, the beautiful print will arrive rolled in a tube and ready to frame.  PDF downloads are also available for immediate delivery to an email inbox.  Pricing starts at $19.95.

Genealogists will find this chart to be an easy and meaningful gift for a family member who has helped them with their research by taking a DNA test or for family members who are interested in their ethnic makeup.  "We love helping family historians share their findings,"
says Hovorka.  "Just like all of our other genealogy charts, this new DNA chart will help families bond over their common roots and appreciate their heritage."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Family ChartMasters Has Big Surprise!

We can't wait to share our newest product coming June 9, 2017! It's customized just for you, easy to order, and makes a great gift for yourself or others. Visit on June 9 to find out our big surprise!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Ideas and a Dessert Recipe For Strawberry Pie

Mom, NERGC and my Minuteman Ancestor

Last month, I got to take my Mom with me to the NERGC conference in Springfield Mass.  It was great to spend some time with my Mom and I appreciate how supportive she is about our company Family ChartMasters and the Zap the Grandma Gap books.  We flew in early to Boston to see some sites and visit my cousin up at Dartmouth.  We had a great trip and I really enjoyed our time together.  (Check out Mom's Strawberry Pie recipe over on the Zap the Grandma Gap Blog)
Mom at the Cary Library
One of our stops was in Lexington.  Straight up my Mother's patriarchal line is a Minuteman who fought in the battle in Lexington and we were looking for more information about him.  In the 60s my Grandmother, (Mom's Mom) had recorded that we were related to George Dana (1741) who lived in Cambridge and fought in the battle of Lexington on April 19th 1775.  We've found him in Massachusetts Soldier's and Sailors (Vol 4, pg. 388) but unfortunately we didn't find much more about him on this trip.  I wish we'd had more time.  But the librarian in me loved the beautiful Cary Memorial Library and I totally related to the cute librarian who helped us, with her sweater twin set and pearls.  She was the cutest. 
George Dana as contributed by Susan Durso to FamilySearch

There are numerous DAR applications who cite their lines to George.  Mom and I ought to look into that.  There's always more genealogy to do isn't there.  So much fun.  

The NERGC conference was wonderful.  They attract a really advanced crowd which I thoroughly enjoy.  This conference has become a must do for Family ChartMasters.  Looking forward to Manchester, New Hampshire in 2019.  I'm going to take a quick trip up to Maine that time and see if I can get down into the single digits for states I haven't been to.  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Genealogy Charts Make Unique and Meaningful Mother's Day and Father's Day Gifts

The Family ChartMasters' Chart of the Month features a good friend from Family Search, Paul Smart, with 5 generations of his ancestors. His wife surprised him with this gift and he was thrilled. Printed on canvas, she had it mounted in a gorgeous frame. 

This particular custom decorative genealogy chart design makes a meaningful gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day to highlight a loved one in your family. 

The price of this chart varies, depending on the size, the type of paper and the number of photos included. For a 16" x 20" or 20" x 24", the first copy on:
  • Presentation Paper (archival, 24 lb, typing paper weight) would be $124.95
  • Professional Paper (archival, 36 lb, heavy typing paper weight) would be $139.95
  • Parchment Paper (archival, cardstock, 60 lb, paper weight, antique looking with a marbled beige color) would be $139.95
  • Artist's grade Canvas Giclee(Fine art reproduction) would be $194.95.
Our pricing includes working back and forth with you to get the chart exactly the way you want it.  We will include a title, border and/or background if you would like. This pricing includes, up to 10 pictures.  Any pictures above 10 are an additional $2.00 per picture.  Any extra copies of the exact chart are 1/2 price.

Generally it takes about 2-4 weeks to complete a custom chart from start to finish.  Once we have your genealogy data file, it takes 3-5 days for us to access it and create a preview for you.  Then once we send you a preview, it just depends on how quickly we work back and forth to get a desired final product.  

Once payment is made, it takes 24-48 hours to get your chart ready, printed, and packaged for shipping. We ship USPS Priority Mail and Shipping for 1-3 charts in the USA is an additional $16.95.

Order your custom genealogy chart now for May and June gift delivery.  Visit to place your order today!

Monday, January 30, 2017

RootsTech 2017: Conference Specials including New Look Books

We have 3 helpful and fun new products we are introducing at RootsTech 2017.  Here is your sneak preview so that you can plan accordingly.  You're definitely going to want to spend some time at the Family ChartMasters/Zap The Grandma Gap Booth, #1041, our regular spot. 

First, we've been working on a helpful resource for you if you are wanting to print a Family ChartMasters genealogy chart but don't know where to start.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming with all the choices we offer, and this new tutorial book is going to help.  We have a new 48 page Step by Step Tutorial for creating a family history chart through Family ChartMasters. It shares all of the ways you can display your family history on a chart including: how to get the information to Family ChartMasters, what you can include on your genealogy chart, different design elements and styles, how to work with your personal Family ChartMasters Designer, and how to place your order.

And best of all the book is FREE!
Come see us at RootsTech, Booth 1041, purchase a $30 gift certificate for ONLY $10 (the best sale we've ever offered on gift certificates), and receive the tutorial book for FREE.  Then when you are ready to create a chart, you have a step-by-step tutorial at your side and you are good to go.  (Only one gift certificate can be used per order with this conference special.)

At RootsTech 2017, Family ChartMasters will also have a 24" x 75" Fill-In-The-Blank Chart, with lots of space for data including birth, marriage, and death dates and places.  This chart, regularly priced $19.95, will be available at RootsTech for 50%, for only $10 tax included! It comes packaged in a nice sturdy box that will keep your chart safe. Quantity is limited, so hurry to our booth before we sell out!

And finally, announcing our newest products just in time for RootsTech 2017:
A super-cute line of  Zap the Grandma Gap Look Books. These 4x6 photo books are super easy to insert photos into and write brief captions on the included coordinating pages.  And look at the 7 great topics...

Each Look Book comes with coordinating insert pages to fill out so that you can write about the significance of the photos (or recipes) that you add.  These 7 Look Books are packaged in cello bags with a fun bow, ready to give as gifts to your family members who could fill them out, or to complete yourself and give to the youth in your family.  A super simple, easy way to share your family history in a cute format! Plan now for Mother's Day, birthdays, or even stocking stuffers for Christmas!

They are priced $10 each, but our RootsTech Special makes them Buy 2 Get 1 FREE, PLUS a FREE Zap the Grandma Gap Power Up E-book with tons of printables!

These Zap the Grandma Gap Look books are limited edition and will only be available at RootsTech 2017.  Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

RootsTech 2017: Speaking Schedule and Breaking New Ground

Ok.  I just have to brag on my family a little bit here.  As you know, my son Matthew was the first RootsTech youth speaker, and as far as I know, still the youngest speaker that has ever presented at RootsTech.  That was truly the highlight of my career and a big payday for this mom.

Well now we're breaking new ground at RootsTech again.  February 2017 I'll be giving one presentation with my father, and two more with my sister. (as well as two by myself.) We're truly making RootsTech a family affair.  As it should be.  I'm pretty sure I hold the record as the person who has spoken with the most family members at the conference.  It has been delightful to spend more time with my sister Amy and her two little sons and to spend time with my Dad while we've been putting these presentations together.  And they are going to be great presentations.  I'm super excited to share them with you.

Here's the schedule:
  • 3:00 pm Wednesday Feb 8th  Nature and Nurture: Family History for Adoptees with Amy Slade: 251A
  • 4:30 pm Wednesday Feb 8th  Skinny Genes: Successful Lean Startup for Genealogists: Ballroom A
(I'm also excited to be speaking at the Innovator's Summit this year about Lean Startup business practices.  Hopefully that will help new businesses in this market.)
  • 3:00 pm Thursday Feb 9th   What's in Your Attic and What to Do About It with Don Carpenter: Ballroom A
  • 3:00 pm Friday Feb 10th  18 Genealogy Contests to Play With Your Family Online: Room 151
  • 3:00 pm Saturday Feb 11th Helping Your Grandparents Share Their Story with Amy Slade: Room 255B
You can see more details about each presentation on the RootsTech Website

I'm also giving a few demos in the demo hall.  I'll be speaking about our Zap The Grandma Gap Books at the Family Tree Maker booth.  And I'll be speaking for genealogyDOTcoach in the main demo theater at 11:20 on Saturday. The genealogyDOT coach booth is holding free demo lectures (we're calling them "Pep Talks"!) throughout every day of RootsTech. Even though I'm a coach, I won't be giving any Pep Talks in the genealogyDOTcoach booth this time.  There were so many great speakers there that I knew they were covered.  Check out the pep talk schedule here...So many important and knowledgeable speakers. 

So, really, you're covered for RootsTech 2017.  You don't even need to look at the rest of the schedule.  We have lots of great ideas for you and lots of help for your family history.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Free Pep Talks at RootsTech 2017 by genealogyDOTcoach

We are excited to see everyone at RootsTech 2017 in Salt Lake City, February 8-11!  Our newest company, genealogyDOTcoach will make its debut appearance with a booth in the Expo Hall, Booth 113. 

Sometimes you just need a little help getting over your current genealogy challenge.  GenealogyDOTcoach provides personalized help to anyone who is searching for their family history.  Our hand-picked, professional coaches can help you pinpoint the information you need from the massive amounts of genealogy resources available online.  Save time and money by putting our experience to work for you.

The genealogyDOTcoach booth is holding 31 free demo lectures (we're calling them "Pep Talks"!) throughout every day of RootsTech. See below for the Pep Talk speaking schedule for 12 of 26 coaches from genealogyDOTcoach. Stop by, say hi, listen to some free tips, and meet a coach!