Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Memorial Day Sale--Working Charts 25% off

Hey Everyone.  We have an opportunity for you to get ready early for your family reunion this year and save money in the process!





We've only done a few working chart sales in our whole 18 year existence so this is a great opportunity you shouldn't miss.

You might need a quick draft copy of research you are working on, or you may be looking for something to hang up at this year's family reunion to let people write on and add information. Either way, be sure to take advantage of this sale.

Two deadlines to keep in mind:
  • Send in your final file between now and May 20th. We can't accept any additions for this offer after this date.
  • Order by May 30th at midnight.

Use the code FAMILYMEMORIAL to take 25% off any working chart.

Start with sending your information in for a free consultation at familychartmasters.com/consult.  

Please collect all of the information you want on your chart before sending it to us.  While we are able to make minor corrections on charts, we can no longer start chart development or give quotes until all of the necessary family information is gathered.  

Good, Better, Even Better and Best

Now with the Set Style charts we have so many options for design, size, information, we're sure to have something that fits your need for a chart and your budget.  You can think of them as Good, Better, Even Better and Best.  Take a look:

Our GOOD charts are fill in the blank charts.  Generally in about the $30 range, depending on the paper you choose, these charts have blanks for you to fill in your family information.  They are great when you are still researching, or if you want to work on a family project together or preserve a grandmother's handwriting.  With 41 designer styles, ranging from 4 to 15 generations, you're sure to find something that fits your needs. 
Our BETTER charts are our working charts.  These are basic black and white or color coded charts that we print from your genealogy data.  With no online preview, and no extra design work, these are generally considered draft copies.  They are perfect for hanging up on the wall in your genealogy cave or taking to the family reunion and writing on.  These charts can go as far as  you want.  So far our record is 30,000 people which took 800 feet of charts.  If you have more than that we'd love to give it a try.
Our EVEN BETTER charts are our new Set Style charts.  These charts have a predesignated design.  You just choose the design, send in your information and we send you out the chart with your information.  These are more artistic, designer charts but without the process of working with a designer.  If you want a quick, inexpensive but beautiful chart to hang on your wall, these are perfect.  Initial copies start at $64 or $89 depending on the paper you choose, so extra copies come down to as low as $32.

Finally we have our BEST charts.  These are our fully custom designer charts with our online preview service.  If you are looking for something unique, with an amazing customer service experience, this is it.  Just send in your information for a free consultation and we'll assign you a designer that will work with you and send you mock ups until everything is perfect and you tell us to print.  Typically in the $300 to $400 range with extra copies at 1/2 price, these charts are amazing heirlooms that your family will enjoy for years to come. 
 
With all of our charts, you can just get started by going to familychartmasters.com.  Send us your information and we'll send you out the perfect chart for your family.  We're honored to be able to help you print and display your family history in a beautiful, engaging way. 


Monday, April 25, 2022

Announcing a Whole New Chart Concept--Set Style Charts




If you follow our newsletter (and you should--just sign up on the front page of our website at familychartmasters.com) or if you follow us on social media (instagram, facebook or twitter) You will have heard about our new product.  We're trying a whole new approach to charts, and it is going to save you money!  That's always good right? 

With our custom charts, you work with one of our designers and we send previews and make sure everything is exactly the way you want it.   With this service, we can create any kind of chart you can dream up and make any corrections you need, but the online approval process isn't instant, and working with a designer can be a little more costly even though we've tried to keep the costs reasonable. You can see some samples of the amazing charts our designers have created in the decorative chart section of our gallery.

With our working charts, we dispense with the online preview and the design work, but we can't offer anything but the basic chart because we won't be showing you the preview so it is kind of hard to imagine what a more decorative chart is going to look like.  So we keep these simple draft copies and they're inexpensive but not decorative at all.  You can see some samples in the working chart section of our gallery.

Well we've finally come up with a middle solution that we know will appeal to lots of our clients. 

We're excited announce a new product line: 

Family ChartMasters Set Style Charts

Check them out at https://familychartmasters.com/set-style

Maybe you:

  • Want a beautiful chart but you're still researching and aren't quite ready for a custom chart.
  • Like the designs you see here and know that your information is clean so you don't need to see the online preview.
  • Want a prettier working chart where you can add information and still show it off to your family.
  • Want to purchase copies for all of your family members but don't want to spend alot of money.
  • Just need something quick, beautiful and inexpensive but professional looking.

With set style charts, since there isn't the online preview process, we're able to offer these charts at much lower prices, but still keep the decorative designer look.  So now you can have a beautiful chart up on your wall, professionally printed with your genealogy information, inexpensively and quickly.  

Take a look at some of these beautiful designs. 

6 cute rainbow charts perfect for a child's bedroom or a more trendy setting.
 
Four organic tree ring charts where art meets the eye before the genealogy data.
 
  
Our most popular fill in the blank designs--filled in for you

You can just submit any kind of genealogy database file, or the page also includes instructions on how to send us your file from MyHeritage and Ancestry.com.  If you're looking for a chart printed from FamilySearch data, give us a call at 801-872-4278 and we're happy to help you with that over the phone. 

And watch for more designs coming soon.  We're excited to help you with this new option for chart printing--professionally designed charts by the world's leading family chart printing company.  

Check out the charts at https://familychartmasters.com/set-style

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Annual Favorites 2022--Beautiful and Unique Color Coding

One of our favorite things to do to make a chart more understandable and put more information, understanding and life into your family history is to add some color.  There are so many ways we can color code a chart.  And we can use bright colors or muted--whatever strikes your fancy.  Take a look at some of the amazing charts we color coded this year. 
This bright chart was color coded by place of birth.  With the vibrant colors, it engages the viewer to learn more about the history of this family.
This beautiful chart is color coded by country, but the countries are subtly explained on the bottom right under the title.  With its soft colors and tree imprint, this family tree is an eye-catching addition to the family's decor. 
The descendants of this amazing couple would have normally charted out to 24 feet wide, but by wrapping their descendants into three layers, we were able to get the chart down to 9 feet wide and 3.5 feet tall.  We color coded each child and their family so that the chart would be more understandable.  A great tribute to a large family and their ancestral beginnings.
This cute grandmother created three beautiful charts for her three beautiful grandchildren.  So engaging.  Now they have something to remind them of all the stories she tells them about their ancestors. 
This chart was exceptional, not only because of its bright colors but also because of its left to right descendancy format.  Color coding by generation makes its unique diamond format even more interesting. 
We loved this chart for its cool tropical colors and the integration of the map and places that the family lived.  With the palm trees in the back, you can almost feel the ocean breezes. 

These two charts were a fun new take on a fan chart.  The circles and contemporary font are perfect for a more modern decor.  Do you see how changing up the colors changes the whole look and feel of the chart?  Which one do you like better?
Finally, this chart is a simple left to right color coded by country and labeled by the flags of each country.  A simple, clean representation of the ethnicity of a person. 

You can get your own specially designed chart by sending in your information to us for a free consultation at http://familychartmasters.com/consult.  As you can see, we can create anything you can dream up.  And in any color too!  Let us help you create beautiful, engaging chart for your family and your home.

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Annual Favorites 2022-Direct Line Charts




 We've been launching our 2022 Annual Favorites on social media, in our gallery and over our newsletter.  I'm going to take some time here and show you why we chose these for our favorites.  To start with, let's look at some of the awesome direct line charts that we were able to help our clients create this year:


 This first chart is stunning with the watercolor tree in the background and the soft muted colors.  It shows a direct line for 10 generations but the beauty of this chart is the short biographical description of each person.  What a treasure this chart is for the family that created it.
 We get alot of requests to show royalty lines, but this chart was a special one because it starts on the bottom with all of the living descendants and then goes directly up to that royal line.  With all of the royal photos, it really engages the viewer with how the royal lines came together to form this family.

With 17 generations, this chart is unique in that it goes directly up the patriarchal line of both the mother and father's side of the family.  They both go back to families with crests, so they were integrated into the chart.  A bright colorful design.

You can start your own family masterpiece with us by sending your information in for a free consultation at http://familychartmasters.com/consult.  We'll assign you one of our talented designers who can work with you to create an heirloom masterpiece for your family.  You might even be chosen for next year's annual favorite collection.  We're looking forward to creating the perfect chart for you. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Are You Watching RootsTech With Us?

 Photo: The Family ChartMasters Team at RootsTech 2020



by Janet

We love Rootstech! For twelve years RootsTech has always been such a huge part of our calendar. I think it was the second year that I got in trouble for taking my kids. Then in 2014, one of the highlights of my career was when my son Matthew spoke to two full halls at only 14 years old. I've spoken with my Dad, with my Sisters, with Erin and numerous times by myself, besides running the Family ChartMasters booth and booths for other societies and companies that I've been affiliated with.

So it was with great surprise last year, that when the conference went virtual, I actually had time to listen to some of the other lectures. They were awesome. I was so excited to hear everyone else's presentations and get inspired along with all of you. I

Unfortunately, as we learned last year, and with other conferences too, the virtual format does not work very well for vendors. We've tried to make adjustments and do different things but with a sad heart, we decided it just didn't work for us to put the money, time and effort into doing RootsTech in a virtual format this year. I'm happy to report though, that I've already found a few new things to check out in the vendors hall this year, and I would encourage all of you to support our friends there.

We're really looking forward to the time when we can all be back in person and enjoy each other's company again. We'll be there with bells on. We're looking forward to the NGS conference in Sacramento, CA in May. Hopefully we'll see you there.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Honoring Family Members: Designing a Headstone

Words continue to fail me at the loss of my husband.  I am so thankful for our wonderful employees who have helped work through this crisis and bolstered me up personally during this time.  I am thankful that we will be able to carry on Kim's legacy in making this company strong and healthy and in strengthening families by printing beautiful, unifying family history charts.  

Despite the miracles we have been blessed with, I still don't know how anyone has survived a loss like this in the history of the world.  As we are now 7 months away, it seems to be getting harder.  The despair at his loss is crushing.  I have felt him close, and I am thankful for that.  I appreciate everyone's love and concern.  

Strangely, though few days go by without tears, choosing a headstone has felt good.  The mortuary counseled us to let everything settle through the winter and order a headstone in January in order to have it in place for Memorial Day.  Kim was buried in one of my family's plots, next to where my parents will be buried and next to my maternal grandparents.  My Grandmother, Eila Dana, chose Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City to purchase the plots because her parents and grandparents and brother are there as well.  She liked the cemetery because all of the headstones are flat in the ground and she liked how it looked like a park.  It is lovely.  What Grandma didn't know though, was that she was saving me alot of choices in choosing a headstone.  I'm so thankful for that.  I think this impossible task  would have been overwhelming had my choices not been limited to a flat marker.  

My Sister and nephews telling stories about our Great Grandmother at her grave. Memorial Day 2021

Wasatch Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Memorial Day 2021

Somehow choosing a headstone for Kim has been comforting.  Being a genealogist, it feels like I am building a lasting memorial to him.  Making sure he is remembered.  This is only one of the things I am working on to create a memorial to him, but this one feels substantial.  As we've visited the graves of my ancestors, and even helped place markers and headstones on some of my ancestor's unmarked graves, we have been strengthened and comforted over the years.  I've felt our place in the family and the passage of time.  It feels like I now have my own place for family to gather and remember.  


It was an interesting twist for me to have someone design for me something of such great importance.  I thought I didn't have many opinions about it, but when we got into the process, it turned out I did have a feel for what I wanted.  It was interesting to work with them to try to come up with what I was envisioning.  It gave me new insights on what we can do to help our clients visualize what we are trying to create for their families and how to help them to actualize what they are envisioning.  

I'm happy with it.  It is rich with meaning for me and my family.  A monument to a man I love and to the family we created.  I have a new appreciation for what a sacred trust it is to memorialize someone who has passed and to try to pass on a family heritage.  What a momentous work we do as family historians.