Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Genealogy Charts: Family Trees with Family Branches

We showed off a pretty new chart this summer at the BYU conference. We combined two "branches" trees to complete a wedding chart.  The wife's ancestry is on the right and the husband's on the left.  I think we had more comments on this chart at the conference than we have ever had on any chart 
we've ever shown. 
 We can add children as flowers or in the grass along the bottom, and we can change up the coloring or anything you want to do. 

Let us know if you want one for your own family.  You can just send Family ChartMasters your file and we can send you a mock up to preview.  We'd love to create a beautiful chart for you. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Online Genealogy Service: GenealogyDOTcoach

As you know, for us it has always been about making genealogy easier for everyone and helping people understand how important it is.  We think this is a game changer that will really help.  Introducing GenealogyDOTcoach.
Press Release:
New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

CEDAR HILLS, Utah - August 29, 2016 - A new family history service launched today that will fill a critical gap in the multi-billion dollar genealogy industry.  genealogyDOTcoach (SM) is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (called Genealogy Coaches) with people who want to have all the fun of making family history discoveries for themselves but just need a little assistance from someone they can trust.

"With do-it-yourself sites like and it has become so easy for anyone to start climbing their family tree," says co-founder, Janet Hovorka.  "But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process.  The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist.  Many people can't afford that kind of help.  Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves.  genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap."

The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories.  Topics include:  getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation.  Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups.  The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience a piece.  They are researchers, authors, and lecturers.  The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.

On the genealogyDOTcoach website, users can select a topic and see a list of coaches who specialize in that topic.  They can review comments and ratings from previous clients, to help them select a coach they would like to work with.  Sessions can be scheduled for 15, 30 or 60 minutes.  Pricing starts as low as $15 for 15 minutes.

Shortly before the coaching session, an email link is sent that allows the user to log in to a private video chat room.  There they meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with the genealogy coach, and receive the help they need to keep them moving along in their family history journey.

"Clients leave the coaching sessions with a game plan for how to move forward in their family history research," says Hovorka.  "Just like life coaches or athletic coaches, genealogy coaches can give you the boost you need to be better at what you enjoy."

About genealogyDOTcoach
Complete listing of coaches with their bios found here:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Two new wonderful additions to the Family ChartMasters team

This summer we were lucky enough to find two more wonderful people to help us with your genealogy charts.  We'd like to introduce you to:

Lynette Salmond

Lynnette is a California girl from Cupertino, home of Apple Computers, before they were born, when it was the home of prune and apricot trees. At 23, she served a humanitarian mission in Paraguay where she gained a desire to help children in need. She met and married her husband nearly 30 years ago in California and soon discovered that, as children, they had attended the same family reunion.  She started researching her genealogy and found where their family trees had merged a few generations back.  She earned her BS at BYU in Sociology Education, with a minor in Spanish Education and graduated when she was pregnant with her second child.  After graduation, she and her sweetie returned to the Bay Area where they stayed for 15 years.  They soon became foster parents and have adopted 5 of their foster children. Life is always an adventure at their house.  They moved to Utah 10 years ago when the economy in California started to swing and they haven't looked back. She is now a grandmother and is excited for the adventures yet to come.


Karli Ledkins

Karli was born and raised in Utah. She met her wonderful husband 16 years ago and has 2 amazing children. She came from a big family, which is very close, but knew she wanted a small one. One girl...the perfect balance. She loves spending time with family and does not often go anywhere without her children. They love the outdoors and spending time fishing, 4-wheeling, hiking and exploring new places. She loves anything crafty and often spends hours creating fun projects. Karli got the genealogy bug about 4 years ago. She loves researching and is excited to find new stories, photos, and especially ancestors. Always thinking her family history was complete, she was pleasantly surprised to find there was much work to be done!  She loves working on her own family history and is equally excited to be helping others with their own charts!

Both of these delightful ladies are ready to help you create the perfect expression of your family's history.  Let us know what you are envisioning on our free consultation page.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What I did for summer "vacation"

Took lots of these to the post office.
Well, I've never worked so hard in my life.  That's what I did.  My last post seems like eons ago and I've done almost no other social networking either. But I'm back now and I've missed it. I've had my nose to the grindstone.  We did take a few short breaks, but I'm glad we had that great break with the Roudabushes in May because we were about to pay for it.

We have had the busiest summer ever at Family ChartMasters.  Yea!  We hired two new employees (next post tomorrow) who we had to just throw in the mix and let them swim for it.  We didn't even have any time to train them.  But they've done beautifully and we're excited to have them. Double Yea!!  It is so delightful to be able to help so many people create amazing family history displays for their family reunions. We're excited to share some of the beautiful charts we've done here soon too. 

We had a great time talking with everyone at SCGS and at the BYU conferences.  Those conferences are busy but they don't seem like work because we love visiting with you all so much.  And I did get to run away up to Sundance one blissful night with Lisa Louise Cooke.  The kids have been busy with Eagle Scout Projects, humanitarian trips, cosmetology school and learning to drive so it has been exciting around here. 

But the biggest thing I've been working on is a new project that I am super excited about.  We will be making announcements on Monday and I can't wait to tell you about it.  It is something we're so passionate about, we have been working all day for Family ChartMasters and then Kim and I have been working all night on this new thing.  So stay tuned...  We've got some big news coming down the pike.....