Generation Maps Contest

Readers already know that I am a big fan of Generation Maps – and how can you not be especially if you meet Janet Hovorka in person?  But a contest with some neat prizes are some more reasons why you should become a fan.  From The Chart Chick blog:

“We’ve launched a huge contest this morning. You are already entered in 1/2 of it. For the big prize, follow these directions:

For every Generation Maps fan on facebook and everyone who joins the Generation Maps Fans group on Genealogywise we will hold a drawing. Next Friday, July 17th we will award a $25 gift card to one random person in each group. Join both groups to increase your chances of winning.

But wait, there’s more ;-). On the 17th at 5pm Mountain time, we will collect the names of every person who is a member of both groups for a special drawing. The winner of this contest will win $100 in credit from Generation Maps (two $50 gift cards.) You can use it for one of our beautiful canvas giclee fine art prints (genealogy chart or photo reproduction) or a whole bunch of working genealogy charts to draw all over and analyze your information with.

So take a look at and become a fan.
And while you are on facebook, go to the Generation Maps fan page at We’ll look forward to seeing you there. And good luck in the contest.”

My Generation Maps Chart

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Janet Hovorka (of The Chart Chick blog fame) for the first time at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 40th Annual Jamboree this past weekend in Burbank, California.

First, I want to tell you that Janet – like many geneabloggers – is exactly what you would expect in person after reading her blog posts and seeing her photos.  Funny, enthusiastic and down to earth.

Second,  Janet and her husband Kim were staffing the Generations Maps booth all weekend and despite the long hours and the heat, they were genuinely happy to meet each and every person who approach their table.

Third, Janet graciously contributed a coupon for a free 8-generation chart to all the geneabloggers who attended Jamboree (it was in the great swag bags that Denise Levenick of The Family Curator put together for us).  And she also provided another 50% coupon!

Well I took advantage of the discount and I dropped of my 8GB flash drive which had my GEDCOM file on it for Janet to copy and then review so she could come up with an estimate on my chart.  I wanted to get all 15 generations if possible and told her that I have some very tall walls in my condo – one being close to 20 feet tall!

After an hour I returned and Janet gave me what I felt was a very fair price – a bargain in fact!  So she and Kim printed out the chart and I picked it up on Sunday.

Here it is in all its glory (I haven’t had time to hang it yet):

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And here is a close up shot of the layout:

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I am very pleased with the results and can’t wait to hang this up so I can not only refer to it while I research at home, but also show friends and family what has consumed me, off and on, for the past 15 years!

If you ever attend a genealogy conference and see the Generation Maps booth in the exhibitors hall, please go meet Janet and Kim.  And also take a look at their line of products at their website.  They have some great items – many are unique – and I can attest to the quality and value of my chart.  I have been wanting to print out this 15 generation chart for years and now I’ve finally made that want a reality!

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee