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23 January 2006 @ 06:41 pm
Sunday I had the chance to preview one of the classes at the St. George Jamboree. I went to the Utah Valley Regional Family History Center in the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU in Provo, UT and Janet Hovorka was there teaching her class "Using Genealogy Charts to Further Your Research".

I learned about several new things and thought I would share my new finds with you. One find is Janet Hovorka herself, what a bright, intelligent women she is. She and her husband Kim own Generations Maps, an online genealogy chart printing service. Janet is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and loves to motivate people with her great passion for family history work.

It seems Janet inherited a PAF file of 7,000+ names and then on a different side of the family received a file of 3,000+ names. She became very frustrated trying to see all the people in these files. So her husband, Kim, who is a computer programmer, set out to help her. He wrote a program that would put everyone on a big chart, where she could see them and begin to fit all the families together. He did such a good job that they were soon making charts for family, friends and neighbors and it balloon into what is how Generation Maps

The main purpose of the maps are to write on and mess up and figure out who is in your database. Yes they sell pretty decorative maps, well all sorts of large maps, but I like their creation - the Generation Map the best. Here is a tiny picture of this large map but you can see it better on their website http://www.generationmaps.com

A Generation Map is like a pedigree chart and extended family group sheet all in one. Each set of parents has their children and grandchildren listed and indented underneath them. It goes up generation after generation, but each family goes down two generations as well. It has dynamic spacing (spacing that moves depending on how much information there is) to fit the children and grandchildren under each couple. Another thing is you can color code it to have the colors represent anything that will help you in your research. (i.e. by Surname, Birth Place, Death Place, Burial Place, Sex, or LDS Ordinances.) I now have their chart as one of my "Need to Buy Items".

The other thing I learned was off of their website. I had no idea I have with my Windows XP computer the ability to make zip (compressed) files. I knew you could get software to do that but it's now built into Windows XP. If you don't have Windows XP you can download free zip software at http://www.snapfiles.com/get/zipcentral.html. I am going to now tell you how to make a zip file with your Windows XP computer.

1. Open your File Explorer of "My Computer" with your start button.
2. Choose the files you want to compress by holding the shift or control key and clicking on the file.
3. Right click on the chosen files and select send to...Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zipped folder will be created in the same directory your image files were in. Windows automatically names the zipped file the same name as one of the files you compressed.

The reason I am so excited to learn this is that now I have a way of zipping a folder of my photo's and sending them by email to my Gmail account. Then I can store them and have access to them away from home. Isn't that just a great idea!

Well you learn something new everyday. Even when your not looking for it.
See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day.
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