Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale on Zap The Grandma Gap Books

Holiday Deals to Save You Money
We've had a number of people ask about quantity discounts, so we've come up with some Thanksgiving weekend sales to help you save money. 
If you order this weekend, on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday, any order of five books or more will receive free shipping.  Offer good until midnight on December 2nd

And from now until December 9th,
any order of 10 or more books will receive one extra book.  This offer is good for any Zap The Grandma Gap books, including Zap The Grandma Gap:Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them to Their Family History, the Power Up Workbook or any of the My Ancestor Activity Books

We'll be taking the weekend off to be with our families, but we'll be shipping on Monday with plenty of time to get them to you for the holidays.
Order now  to wrap up a meaningful Christmas gift that will strengthen the modern relationships in your family.  No special promotional codes are necessary.  Check out excerpts of the books at

Monday, November 25, 2013

20 Questions for your Thanksgiving table.

(Crossposted on the Visit Salt Lake Blog and the Family ChartMasters Newsletter.)

No matter where you go, it is always wonderful to be home with family and friends for the holidays. So I have a few ideas for you about how to learn more about your heritage this Thanksgiving. Whether you are with family, or friends or both, here are 10 questions that will get everyone talking.
  • What are the most important lessons you've learned so far in your life?
  • What was the greatest time of joy in your life?
  • Who were your favorite relatives? Do you remember any of the stories they used to tell you?
  • What has been your favorite family tradition?
  • What personality traits do you admire and how have you tried to develop those traits?
  • What was the biggest turning point in your life? Looking back, how would you have dealt with it if you had known what you know now?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment? 
  • Is there anything you have always wanted to do and haven't?
  • How would you describe your sense of humor? What was your all-time favorite practical joke?
  • What message would you like to leave your descendants?
(Excerpted from  Zap The Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook: The Particulars About How To Connect With Your Family By Connecting Them To Their Family History.)

Did you know that Friday the 29th of November is the National Day of Listening? StoryCorps, the sponsor of the day asserts that "It's the least expensive but most menaingful gift you can give this holiday season." Here are 10 more questions from the National Day of Listening website:
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • When did you first fall in love?
  • How did you know they were "the one?"
  • What is your first memory of me?
  • What were your parents like?
  • How would you like to be remembered?
  • What was your childhood like?
  • Why did you decide to become ______?
  • What makes us such good friends?
I think you will learn alot from these questions and maybe hear some interesting stories you hadn't heard. You may want to record the answers for posterity or upload them to the StoryCorps website. Hopefully everyone will come away with a greater sense of everything there is to be thankful for. Here's wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Announcing New Zap The Grandma Gap Workbooks for Youth

I am so excited to tell you about our latest project.  I've been working lately to fulfill a vision of mine and it is finally coming to fruition.


The Zap The Grandma Gap "My Ancestor" Activity Book Series for Youth

The first four books, My British Ancestor, My Civil War Ancestor, My Swedish Ancestor and My German Ancestor are 52 page activity books designed for 6-14 year olds with puzzles, activities, games and recipes combined with questions and learning opportunities about specific ancestors and the culture that surrounded them. Timelines, paper dolls, coloring pages, maps, fairy tales, music, dot to dots and crossword puzzles combine to give youth the full picture of what their ancestors’ lives were like. Check out some of the sample pages:

You can see table of contents and more sample pages at the Zap The Grandma Gap Blog and Website.

I've had the great privilege of developing these books with my sister Amy Slade.  She has spent last 10 years traveling extensively studying folklore, dance and food and culture around the world and recently received her Masters Degree in Folklore from George Mason University.  She was the perfect fit to help me bring these books into reality and I'm so thankful that she saw the vision of what I was trying to accomplish and was willing to let me talk her into helping.  I'm so thankful for her excitement about these books.  And I'm so glad we were able to spend more time together working on them.  Love her so much!
My German Ancestor (ISBN 978-09888-548-5-7), My Swedish Ancestor (ISBN 978-09888-548-4-0) My Civil War Ancestor (ISBN 978-09888548-3-3) and My British Ancestor (ISBN 978-09888-548-2-6), (Family ChartMasters Press, $9.95, 52 pages, 8.5x11, paperback) are available for preorder at
When pre-ordered now, the books will arrive in time to prompt questions around the Thanksgiving table. Or they can become the perfect Christmas gift for children and grandchildren that will create stronger bonds in modern families by encouraging the whole family to learn about their ancestors together.

As always, thanks to Kim and Erin and Lara and Jenn for their support at Family ChartMasters while I have been working on this dream of mine.  I hope they add to our overall mission here to help genealogists inspire their family members with their family history.  We know how important it is to invest your own family in their past, and we're working hard to give you the resources to do that.