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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Zap the Grandma Gap Newsletter Reboot

Zap the Grandma Gap Family History Ideas 
We've recently relaunched The Zap the Grandma Gap  Weekly Newsletter with oodles of ideas about how to make family history fun for all of the members of your family.  With one idea a week every Tuesday morning for one year it is a great way to get fun ideas for your holiday get-togethers and beyond... 

My son has come to work for us and he is a cracker-jack programmer.  (Score for Mom!!)  He's been streamlining all of our processes and we put him to work making sure the newsletter system is super solid.  Slick emails to your inbox with great ideas.  Super simple. 
If you are looking for great ideas on how to share family history with your families, sign up for the Zap the Grandma Gap NEWSLETTER. You will receive one tip a week for a year and we promise you will be inspired!    

Monday, July 3, 2017

New from Family ChartMasters: Personalized Chart to Show Off DNA Test Results

DNA Chart
New Genealogy Chart Created for Showing Off DNA Test Results 
A beautiful new way to display the results of a genetic family history test has been created for the millions of people who are getting to know their ancestors through DNA testing.  Family ChartMasters, the genealogy chart printing leader for over 15 years, has designed a new DNA ethnicity chart to help family history enthusiasts show off their genetic heritage.  
"We hope that this new chart will help people who have become curious about their genealogy through DNA testing become even more excited about searching out their ancestors," says owner Janet Hovorka.  "At Family ChartMasters we believe that family history can save the world.  The more people know about their background, the more they are inspired with civility, gratitude and compassion for other people because they find out we are all more alike than different.  We want to help people make that easy to remember every day."

The new DNA chart comes in three styles, Basic, Modern and Antique, to fit different d├ęcor styles.  In less than five minutes a person can enter the ethnicity estimates from their DNA test (currently aligned with Ancestry's DNA regions), and upload an optional photo.  After viewing a preview, an order can be placed to print the chart on archival Professional Paper or Artist's Grade Canvas.  Following Family ChartMasters' proven track record of superior service, the beautiful print will arrive rolled in a tube and ready to frame.  PDF downloads are also available for immediate delivery to an email inbox.  Pricing starts at $19.95.

Genealogists will find this chart to be an easy and meaningful gift for a family member who has helped them with their research by taking a DNA test or for family members who are interested in their ethnic makeup.  "We love helping family historians share their findings,"
says Hovorka.  "Just like all of our other genealogy charts, this new DNA chart will help families bond over their common roots and appreciate their heritage."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Family ChartMasters: New Product Coming Soon To Help Share Your Family History

From The Chart Chick Blog:

We can't wait to share our newest product coming June 9, 2017! It's customized just for you, easy to order, and makes a great gift for yourself or others. Visit on June 9 to find out our big surprise!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Dessert: Strawberry Pie Recipe

Pat Dana, Summer 1965  Isn't she the cutest?
If you've ever heard an interview or a lecture with me about my Zap the Grandma Gap books you know that I give my Mom all the credit for raising a Family History loving family.  Most of the ideas in my book either come from her or are inspired by her.   That's why I dedicated the book to my parents.  It is really written to honor them and the family legacy they taught me about. Mom and I just enjoyed a fun trip to the NERGC conference together (check it out on the Chart Chick blog.)

What you may not know is that my Mom is also an awesome cook.  When she went to college, she was really concerned about raising a good family, so she majored, and graduated in Home Economics.  I remember her telling me that they tested all different kinds of pie crust recipes in one of her foods classes to see what the best way to a flaky crust was.  So for Mother's Day this year, we created an infographic with Mom's excellent Strawberry Pie recipe.  She didn't like the Jello version, and she didn't like the cornstarch version, so she combined them together to make the perfect pie recipe. Please share a favorite recipe that belongs to your mother in the comments below!

We have our issues like any other family, but I'm super blessed with a great Mom.  Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Zap the Grandma Gap Ancestor Activity Workbooks For Kids

The Zap the Grandma Gap Ancestor Activity Workbooks are unique gift ideas for the children in your life, and if you order by midnight Monday, December 19, 2016 you'll get a free shipping upgrade so that you will receive them in time for Christmas delivery! Click here to order now.

The “My Ancestors” hands-on workbooks come in 8 different heritages including British, Danish, Swedish, Pioneer, Mormon, Civil War, German, & Jewish. These fun books create bonds between generations with hours of activities, puzzles, games, recipes, stories and crafts that can involve the entire family. Timelines, paper dolls, coloring pages, maps, music, dot-to-dots and crossword puzzles combine to give youth ownership of their own genealogy and the send them on a quest to bring their family history to life.

Studies have shown that greater knowledge about family history strengthens and empowers youth by creating self-esteem, resilience and a greater sense of control over their lives. Learning about the family's past also strengthens the relationships between living family members by creating a shared experience and core identity that no one else in the world can duplicate.  Our children’s workbooks are designed to help kids gain the benefits of family history and start asking their family members about their shared past. Order these meaningful gifts here to begin! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sharing Family History Through Food: Holiday Avocado Salsa

We hope you have enjoyed all the yummy recipes we have shared this fall.  We end this year with a colorful and meaningful salsa recipe from Lynette, our newest chart and shipping assistant. Lynette shares the story behind her recipe:

"I grew up in Cupertino, California in the heart of Silicon Valley. In those years, Santa Clara County was the world capital for apricot growing.  There were orchards everywhere, including behind our home. About 5 miles away, up a winding road in the Cupertino foothills, my grandparents had built a home in the late 1940's on several acres of rural property. My grandmother, Gladys Brush, went to work planting fruit trees and raising goats and chickens. One of my grandmother's favorite trees was a healthy pomegranate tree, but finding good recipes for pomegranates wasn't easy. My grandmother was a health nut, and as a kid I didn't like much of what she fixed for us. One year, however, in the 1960's, she found this recipe in a Sunset Magazine.  It was a big hit in our family! Every Thanksgiving and Christmas it was a favorite appetizer.  My parents and I both planted pomegranate trees in California that we shared with the family just for this recipe.  Now that most of my family has been priced out of Silicon Valley and live in climates that can't grow them, my brother in Vegas is the keeper of the family tree!  This recipe has been passed down, shared and enjoyed for 60 years now!"

You may just instinctively know some of your family's recipes if you make them often. When they are just in your head it is harder to pass them down to the next generation. Write down the ingredients and instructions in a way that anyone could prepare the food without knowing beforehand how to make it. Record the circumstances in which the recipes were used and who used them, along with a few details or stories about the creators' lives. Make sure your children and grandchildren have copies of the recipes. Family cookbooks or recipe card collections make great gifts!

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 additional recipes and activities for families.

Please comment with your one of your favorite family recipes!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sharing Family History Through Food: Simple Stuffing Recipe and Holiday Drink Recipe

Karli, the cute baby in this photo and Family ChartMasters' newest project manager/genealogy chart designer, shares these easy family recipes for the holidays. 

Karli says: "We may not be a family of gourmet cooks, but when we get together there is always laughter and love. These recipes are a part of our family and everyone down to the youngest grandchildren look forward to Thanksgiving partly because of them. There have been many times when there has been Papa’s drink in sippy cups. It is more than a drink or a loaf of bread that brings us together, but a lifetime of great memories."

Think about what recipes have been handed down through different lines in your family or give these simple recipes a try this Thanksgiving. Comment below with how you like them or feel free to share  your family's favorite holiday recipes.