Connect To The Youth In Your Family By Connecting Them To Their Family History

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sharing Family History Through Food: Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

Zap The Grandma Gap is all about sharing your family's stories and memories through the generations. Food is a fun and easy way to connect generations and most likely the food you cook is already a mixture of the recipes that were handed down from your family members. Your comfort food is probably what your mother and father gave you as you were growing up, and their comfort food was most likely what the family made for them. Food has so many connotations and feelings attached to it. From celebrations to traditional ethnic foods, your cooking and eating patterns are probably already a demonstration of your family's background.

Erin, one of Family ChartMaster's expert chart designers, shares a favorite family recipe for October.  This yummy pumpkin dessert recipe comes from her mother. Erin shares,"I remember when my mother first received this recipe, it became her new favorite fall recipe. It seemed like my mother was always looking for easy desserts to take to the church socials, neighborhood potlucks, or to the dinners my parents would have with their friends. We made this dessert at least 5-6 times every fall. By the time I was a teenager, Mom would have me make this for her at least ½ the time. Although my mother has been gone almost 4 years now, a part of her is always around when I decide to make these tasty pumpkin treats."

Visit Zap The Grandma Gap for more info on how to make family history fun and to purchase the Zap the Grandma Gap books with more recipes and activities for families.

Please share your thoughts when you try out this recipe and we'd love to know one of your favorite family recipes!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My new project genealogyDOTcoach featured on Extreme Genes and Dear Myrtle's Hangouts

It was great to talk to Scott Fisher about genealogyDOTcoach this week.  He is excited about this new venture and has really caught the vision about how much this will help the genealogy Do-It-Yourselfer.  If you need genealogy help, this is the place to come.  I appreciate Scott’s support and look forward to helping his listeners with their genealogy challenges.  Take a listen.  Our interview starts at the 25 minute mark but the rest of the podcast is great too!  Thanks Fish!

And then last night I got to talk to Dear Myrtle with our wonderful coaches
Nicka Smith and Valerie Elkins.  Myrt's hangouts are fun and tonight, she was actually out to dinner but her "cousin Sadie" came to chat with us.  It was fun to show off Valerie and Nicka's expertise and get responses from people in the audience.  "Cousin Sadie" actually showed off how to book an appointment and we all had a great time.  You can listen in at

I just love the people I get to work with.  I hope you have a great time listening to the fun we had and all the excitement about this new opportunity to work with professional genealogists in a new and exciting way.  Check it out at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Genealogy and Family History Coaches

If you would love to print a genealogy chart from Family ChartMasters to teach  your family about their family history, but have hit a brick wall in your research, we have the solution for you! We are excited to announce the launch of a brand new company to help you find your ancestors, GenealogyDOTcoach! We offer specialists (coaches) in over 45 different areas to coach you in a one-on-one online sessions to help you find answers to your genealogy questions.  You book online, pay online and then meet with your coach online through a simple weblink.  Visit to book a session or sign up for the newsletter today!
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sharing Family History Through Food: Apple Crisp Recipe

Food can be a great way to bring the past back to life.  You can literally smell and taste what your ancestors experienced when you cook using the same recipes they cooked with.  When you cook for your children and grandchildren, make sure they know the history of your family's recipes; who made the dish in the past and some details about that person's life.  And if there are any entertaining stories about how or when the food was used before, or who ate it, be sure to share those.  Food is always a great incentive to spend time together.

We thought it would be fun to share some family recipes from our staff over the next few months as we approach fall and the holiday season. The brisk cool evenings signal that the fall season is in the air.  Thoughts of baking, yummy smells, and cozy nights are on our  minds. 

Christine, our marketing specialist, shares this favorite recipe for her mother's apple crisp.  She remembers having it many times during her childhood, sometimes even for breakfast! Yum. She says if you want to make it extra delicious, double the recipe for the oatmeal topping so there's plenty of crisp on top.  The recipe comes from her mother, who got the recipe from Christine's Great Aunt Millie from Nebraska.
Comment below with your thoughts on this recipe or tell us about a favorite family recipe of yours!

For more fun ideas on how to share your family history with your children and grandchildren, visit the Zap The Grandma Gap Blog or purchase the Zap The Grandma Gap books.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Genealogy and Family History Game Zap the Grandma Gap Pedigree Challenge

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Our newest genealogy and family history game, the Zap the Grandma Gap Pedigree Challenge, is a fun educational game that is great for all ages and any number of people.  It helps players understand how to read a pedigree chart by asking questions about age, relationships, and locations of births, deaths, and marriages. 

Cards marked with a yellow star indicate easier questions. The Pedigree challenge includes the chart and 52 question cards.
Sample questions include:
·         In what month were Scott and his siblings born?
·         Who is June’s husband?
·         How old was Emily when she died?
·         Where was Linda married?
·         How many generation of descendants does Thomas have?

Enjoy our Zap the Grandma Gap family members as they teach concepts such as using the chart information to calculate age, determining how many cousins they have, and how a pedigree chart diagrams relationships.  Make it extra fun by letting players earn a prize with each correct answer. 

Available in 3 different versions:

  • Vinyl Large Size : Perfect for family reunions, family history conferences, and family history centers.  Printed on vinyl in an extra large size for durability and visibility. $59.95
  • Laminated:  Perfect size and laminated for durable use in the classroom, scouting and the genealogy merit badge, and repeated home use. $29.95
  • Paper:  Value edition printed on paper for home use.  Fun for home use, family game night, and homeschooling units on genealogy. $19.95
Click here to order the game for your family!