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 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.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Cute new family home charts

We've got something new and exciting to share with you this week! Our FamilyChartmasters designers have just finished creating a great new series of Set Style Charts to help you introduce the children in your life to their ancestors. 

Have you ever wondered how to get your own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, youth group or school class interested in learning about their extended family? Have they experienced the fun of discovering the names of their grandparents and great-grandparents and learning about their lives?

Look no further. These adorable five-generation pedigree charts have been designed to help kids see where they fit into their family story. These customizable charts can also help you share their family history with them in a way that is personalized and unique.

We are thrilled to introduce five styles of charts representing different families. And, we can customize any of these charts to fit your needs. Each chart is 24 x 36 inches and can be printed on either Presentation or Professional paper. You will notice on the website that each chart has been named for a unique type of architecture. They are perfect for framing and just right to add a uniquely personal touch to a child's room. 

It has been said that "the single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative."  To help you begin that journey with the children in your life, start by checking out all our new children's charts at Scroll down on our home page to "Set Style Charts" to see these and other reasonably priced charts that do not require you to work with a designer. Simply choose the style you love most and upload your information to the website. It's a simple as that. Your chart will be printed and on it's way to you before you know it.

We've named them all after architectural features.  We're excited to show you all five styles.  This is the African American version.  It is called "Portico"
And this is the Caucasian version.  It is called "Parapet"
We added a version for a lesbian couple.  It's called "Vestibule."
And this next one is for a family with gay dads.  It's called "Mezzanine."

And look at this one!  You can print the chart and the child can actually color it!  How cool is that!  This is the "Keystone" version.  

Just go to our Set Style Chart page at to order one for your family today!