Friday, October 5, 2018

When is the best time to get a Family ChartMasters chart?

When is the best time to get a Family ChartMasters chart? Well now of course. But let me tell you why... 

This is what our sales look like by month throughout the year.  As you can see there are two busy periods and two slower periods.  I think the summer months are busy with what we call "Family Reunion Season"  Everyone is ordering charts for their summer family get-togethers.
Then at the end of the year, we have the holiday season.  We love printing charts for our clients to share with their family members as gifts.  What more meaningful gift can you give than a beautiful representation of your family?

The low points are the slower periods in our company.  As you can see, the volume drops by about half at the first of the year, and in the fall.  I think people are actively working on researching during those months. Interestingly, these are the opposite peaks and valleys of most other genealogy companies.  Databases, softwares, and other products that help you research your family history are actually busy at the times when we are slow, and slower when everyone is busy with summer vacations or holidays. 

So the perfect time to order a custom chart is now because our designers have more time to focus on your order.  Our amazing designers are attentive to every detail of your chart at any time of the year, but right now, they have plenty of time to focus on you and be extra creative with any design you can dream up.  With our online preview system, your personal designer will work with you until it is exactly perfect and you never pay anything until we go to print.

And the best reason that now is the perfect time, is that we are doing our annual Buy One Get One FREE sale on all of our custom charts.  We love to help out the early birds who are getting their holiday shopping done early.  (I'm not that organized, but I love those people who are.)  Until the end of October, if you buy one custom chart, you can get a second one free by using the code BOGO2018 when you place your order.

So send in your file today at and we can get started right away.  You'll have just over three weeks to work with your designer to perfect your chart and place your order.  We're looking forward to printing a beautiful representation of your family for you. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Kim and I had the greatest time recently, heading out to the FGS conference in FortWayne this year via car, instead of our more common mode of transportation--plane.  We had the greatest time.  You wouldn't want to do it all the time, but sometimes it is just awesome, peaceful, and exciting at the same time, to strike out on a long road trip.  As I mentioned on our Instagram and Facebook accounts, everyone should drive across this country every once in a while just to remember how big this place is.

I think it is so good to drive across this beautiful country of ours every once in a while to remember how huge this earth is and how many interesting people there are out there.  Flying is nice--and I wouldn't trade that modern convenience, but there is nothing like a long road trip to remind us how amazing our immigrant and pioneer ancestors were.

Along the way, we stopped at some of Kim's family history sites, including the motel that his grandparents built in the late 1940s.  It was such an awesome step back in time and we had so much fun. We were able to stop at his Mother's gravesite and leave some flowers.  That's always nice when we live so far away.  

I found myself taking screen shots on my phone while I was looking at Google Maps, to celebrate and record that we were there.  It's kind of like taking a picture, only better, because it leaves a record for future posterity of where something exactly took place.  I accidentally discovered a great new way to preserve your past and the present at the same time.

If you have an instagram account, be sure to follow us @familychartmaster.  We have lots of great new things planned for the account this fall including behind the scenes stories, new chart designs we are creating and weekly quotes about family.  And we'd love to post a photo of you with your Family ChartMasters' chart.  Feel free to send us an email with your photo and you could be the #fcmclients of the week.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

End of "Family Reunion Season" Sale: Free Shipping for Orders over $100

We've had a fantastic summer shipping out thousands of 
amazing family reunion charts.  We've done many charts that were over 600 feet long, with interesting research that our clients have collected.  And we've done some absolutely beautiful all-in-one charts with hundreds of photos showing all of the in-laws, blended families, and collateral lines.  We LOVE helping you show off 
your family history research.  And we love to hear that our charts have helped you collect more information about your cousins.  

We've also been busy creating a new pricing system that makes ordering your chart super simple.  When you send in your Free Consultation, you are assigned a designer, that will work with you to make sure your chart is perfect (either with our without a preview.)  Then the designer sends you a personalized link for your chart so that you can place your order.  It shows you all of the paper and shipping options we offer and you can just securely place your order right there.  Super simple and straight forward.  

But right now, we have a great "End of Family Reunion Season" sale going on for you.  
With any order over $100, you can enter the code:
and get free priority mail shipping (up to $20 value).  
Remember any extra copies are already 1/2 price, so now is a good time to get ready for family gift giving.  Let us know what we can do to help you show off your amazing family history.  Get started today with a free consultation at

Good until Sept 20th 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018

Here's Where to See Us IRL

You can always see what we are up to at

We have just a couple more conferences and lectures this year and then we'll be on to all of our big plans in 2019.  Here's what's happening next:  

15 Sept 2018  Welby West Jordan Family History Fair.  This is my last opportunity to speak with my son Matthew who is giving his "Get to Know Your Geezers" lecture before he leaves for a LDS mission for two years. Speaking with Matthew and seeing his success there has been one of the highlights of my career. I'm sure he'll be helping people with his family history there too so that's good.  

28-29th Sept 2018 Family Roots Expo in St George Utah.  I'm taking our new employee Stacy with us to introduce her to all of the fun we have talking to clients.  I'm giving four lectures, 6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet, Zap the Grandma Gap: The Ten Best Ideas for Youth and Family History, Voila: Professional Charts to Impress Your Clients & Family, and Where To Start When You Get Stuck.  Looking forward to it!

12 December 2018 Family Tree Webinars (in your slippers) I'll be giving my lecture on 101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart.  Hopefully all of our newsletter readers here realize that it is good to get your holiday orders in before that though right?  We want to have enough time to make sure everything is perfect for you!

27 Feb - 2 Mar 2019 RootsTech in Salt Lake City.  We just received word that we have a great spot up front to show off our charts in the vendor's hall.  We're super excited to display our 2018 favorites and all of the new trends we are working with to show off your family history.  I'll be giving a new lecture "Heirloom, Documentation or Junk"

3-6 Apr 2019 New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Manchester New Hampshire.  We love New England and we're always so excited to see this conference roll around again.  I'll be giving my super popular Archiving Lessons From My Great-Grandfather’s Family History Records lecture as well as the 6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet.  I have to leave this conference a little early so we're actually looking for a little help in the booth.  If you are planning to be close by (or know someone who is) and want a free ticket to the conference and some extra money, let us know in a return email.  

1-4th May 2019 Ohio State Genealogical Conference in Mason Ohio.  We haven't been back to Ohio for a while so we're super excited about this one.  I'll be speaking on Where to Start When You Get Stuck, and Heirloom, Documentation or Junk.  Will we see you there?
30 May-1 Jun 2019 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank California.  It's the 50th anniversary of one of our favorite conferences so we'll be doing something special there to celebrate.  Stay tuned.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Conferences, Conferences, We Love Conferences

A bit of news about the conferences that are on our plate now.

We've just finished up a great conference locally--the 50th anniversary BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy.  I gave my "Pay it Forward: Lessons from my Great Grandfather's Records" lecture and I think it went really well.  I love talking about my Great Grandfather's family history efforts and I think that comes across.

As usual, we never got a shot of the booth while we were busy with clients--because we were busy with clients right?  So here's a blank look at the setup.

The best part of BYU is having time to talk to all of our good friends.  So many great great friends that we've known for a decade and a half.  I had a chance to catch up on what's going on at Ancestry, and FamilySearch, at RootsMagic and Ancestral Quest, and of course all the happenings at BYU.  Lots of great things going on for the genealogy industry that I'm excited about.  And so many good friends--what's going on with their kids, their health and their all around well-being.  Somehow, BYU is just a great conference to see good friends.
Tamara Hardy, Me and Sue Maxwell.  Some of the great friends at BYU
 We're looking forward to heading out for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in a couple of weeks.  We're going to drive to Fort Wayne this time--a good old fashioned road trip, up through North Dakota (never seen that part of the country) and dropping down to stay in the Motel my husband Kim's grandparents built in Adams Wisconsin.  We're doing another GBA.BUZZ competition at the conference and we'll have dinner together with the Genealogy Business Alliance crowd Thursday night too.  Looking forward to seeing great friends at FGS too.

AND, I just got word that RootsTech has accepted one of my lectures for February.   It is entitled:
  • Heirloom Documentation or Junk: What to Keep or Toss
Super excited to talk about this issue with everyone.  As always, looking forward to RootsTech.

Come see us at a conference!  Or let us know what we can do for you at

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.