Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Great Sale to learn more about your DNA

Diahan Southard is THE person to teach you about DNA. She is so knowledgeable and is great at making hard things understandable. And she is just a delightful person. So, we've partnered together to give you a great deal on her book for one week only.   

Between September 27th and October 4th
Family ChartMasters' clients and friends can get 20% off 
Your DNA Guide-the Book
Just use the promotional code FALLBOOK when you order here 

The print edition is only $31.99.  You can also get the ebook for the low price of only $16.99 if you would prefer. 

Understanding your DNA test results,  can help you with questions like: “Who is
that DNA match?” or “Who are my birth relatives?” or “Who is my mystery ancestor that I’ve
been trying to find for years?”

Your DNA Guide—the Book guides you through these and other common DNA questions. You
simply pick a question, then follow a clear, step-by-step plan to explore it. Learn key DNA
concepts on a need-to-know basis so you can stay focused on your question. Diahan
Southard’s fun, easy-to-read writing sounds like she’s talking right to you. She is! Your DNA
Guide—the Book empowers you to start making more confident and accurate DNA discoveries.

If you don't believe me, check out a few of these other testimonials:

  • [Diahan’s] friendly, familiar tone could convince anyone that they can figure out this whole “DNA thing,” and with Southard’s clear, step-by-step instructions, they can. – -Mary Kircher Roddy, FGS Magazine
  • “It’s definitely not a ‘big overview of DNA testing’ book, but instead a ‘let’s get down and dirty and solve a brickwall problem’ book. And we definitely need a book like this.” – Drew Smith, The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Genealogy Connection Podcast
  • “Diahan Southard is...funny and down to earth. Her presentations are always filled with color and graphics and explain the sometimes overwhelming topic in a simple and easy way to understand. She’s put her style into her first book on DNA.”
  • "This book is unique. My first thought was this is just like the choose your own adventure books I used to read as a kid. It’s almost like having Diahan there to hold your hand while you work your way through your matches and find your family!” – Cheri Hudson Passey, Carolina Girl Genealogy
I'd highly recommend you pick up your copy today.  

Friday, September 23, 2022

The Search Party Course--fill the holes in your family tree.

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If you have been receiving our emails, you know that this summer I partnered with two of my good friends, Diahan Southard and Crista Cowan, to create a new method for doing family history research.  It is a breakthrough system that can solve any kind of research problem, but is easy enough for the most basic beginner. 

We tested out the system with several webinars that were wildly popular.  Everyone felt like this new process was really helpful in clarifying and making it easy to find your family.  So now, we've decided to expand your options for learning and using the system.  

We've put together an online course that combines all of our years of experience for your benefit--and makes it really easy to follow along.  There's a series of modules including videos and a workbooks along with a sample problem we tackle together as a class, as well as guided homework so you can try it out on your own family history problems.  That's quite a package! We can't wait for you to join us.  

The course opens for registration on September 28th.  Check out all the details here and watch your email for the time to enroll.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Christmas Deadlines


In order to avoid any rush fees, and to get your holiday charts in time for Christmas, you'll need to take note of the following deadlines.

 Custom Charts:

  • Submit your final file by November 19th. 
  • Complete your order by December 10th.  

Set Style and Fill in the Blank Charts:

  • Order by December 15th.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Family History Month Giveaway

Did you that know October is Family History Month?  The U.S. Congress created it by resolution in 2001.  While we think Family History is great year-round, we're happy that we have a month to really celebrate the benefits it brings.  Family History gives us comfort in knowing where you came from and teaches us about the people who left their mark on us and formed our culture.   Some of the benefits of Family History include:

  • A sense of identity in the world
  • A more secure foundation for healthy relationships
  • A knowledge of traits that run in our families--health, emotional, traditional and etc.

Understanding our family history is just a better way to have a healthy life. 


So, we're participating with our good friends in a Family History Month Giveaway.  There are some amazing prizes.  Check them out:

  • New Search Party Course with Diahan Southard, Janet Hovorka and Crista Cowan ($97 value)
  • Family History Coaching Consultation with Kenyatta Berry ($200 value)
  • Family ChartMasters Gift Certificate ($200 value)
  • Diahan Southard's DNA Guide Mentoring Session ($129 value)
  • 5GB storage at Permanent.org
  • One year subscription to Memory Web ($99 value)
  • Family History Writing Consultation with Michael LeClerc the Genealogy Professor ($175 value)
  • Maureen Taylor's Identifying Family Photographs course, ebook handbook, and a copy of Vivid-Pix ($180 value) 

Each prize is awarded separately so you have 8 chances to win.  What a great way to kick off celebrating Family History Month!  

Register at https://maureentaylor.com/family-history-month-giveaway by October 2nd

And join us on October 4th at 2pm EST for a Facebook Live on Maureen Taylor's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/photodetective

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Working Chart Sale: Time to get serious about your research!

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Fall is a great time to work on your family history. The busy vacation season is over, kids are in school and we aren't heading into the holidays just yet. It is time to get organized, call some cousins, and pull some all-nighters getting lost in the internet. (We get you!) Charts are a great way to get organized. And even though they aren't here yet, you might even start thinking about gifts for the holidays. These are sure to inspire a budding genealogists in the family. Or, if you are thinking about creating decorative charts for gifts, a quick working chart right now would help you make sure you have the data right so that you're ready to create the heirloom chart of your dreams.

This is a super quick sale. So you'll want to keep track of two deadlines:
  • Send in your final file between now and August 30th. We can't accept any submissions for the offer after this date.
  • Order by September 3rd at midnight.

Use the code GETTOWORK to take 30% off any working chart.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

A new genealogy research help you should take a look at: Goldie May

We met Richard Miller at the NGS conference in May and this seems like the research tool I would design.  He has lots of really useful tools, you need to especially see the Goldie May Subway Map 

If you like charts, you may like the visual approach to genealogy research provided by Goldie May's Subway Map. The Subway Map is a new timeline tool, showing both the time and place of your ancestor's life events. As timelines go, the Subway Map is a work horse, not a show horse. You can check the consistency of your work, find problem areas, and zero-in on new records. It integrates with your existing FamilySearch or Ancestry tree. 

In the past, the Subway Map was available through Goldie May subscriptions plans, but as of this week, the Subway Map is available to all Goldie May users 5 times per month for free. After choosing 5 individuals to research, you can use the Subway Map all month long with those people. 

But check it out: Goldie May has other free and paid tools that can help you in your research, such as an automatic research log (seriously, it keeps a log as you browse the Internet), project management & tasks, and the ability to save and restore all your browser windows and tabs.

Goldie May is being developed by Richard Miller. He previously worked in technology roles at three genealogy companies, but only recently started doing his own genealogy research. Goldie May is the tool he's building for his own research and hopes it's helpful to others as well.

Visit https://www.goldiemay.com/ to learn more and get started.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Crista Cowan charts

Have you met Crista Cowan?  She is the corporate genealogist at Ancestry and is known online as the "Barefoot Genealogist." She also has a really popular YouTube channel where she teaches about genealogy.  You can catch it at here. She's also a dear friend of mine.  So when she asked me to create a special chart just for her followers, I was super excited to do it for her.  She is an excellent researcher and really knows how to help people up their genealogy skills.  And what better research tool than a good chart?  

The first one she wanted to do was a color coded fan chart.  Crista has a special way of color coding your DNA matches to keep them organized and help you solve more genealogy puzzles.  You can get started and watch how she does it here.  So here's the chart we developed for her that exactly matches the colors and the system she uses:  
Now you can see the big picture while you are figuring out all those DNA puzzles. This chart is 7 generations, 24x36 and is perfect for hanging over your computer or in your office.  It's a beautiful bright representation of your family history.

Then, to just all around celebrate Crista's brilliant teaching career, we did a circle chart with her Barefoot Genealogist branding.  This chart gives you a a 10 generation view of your ancestry at 36x36--with slots for adding the new people as you find them.  And it is in Crista's beautiful colors.  

So head over to the Family ChartMasters' Set Style Charts page today and get yours ordered.  Since we designed these as some of our Set Style charts, they are super quick and easy.  Just upload your file, place your order and we'll send it right out to you.  Instructions on how to send us your file from Ancestry are included on the order page.