Instructors

Janet Hovorka

Janet HovorkaJanet Hovorka received a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Near Eastern History and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She studied Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and German, and lived in the Middle East for a year, carrying gas masks around during the first American war in Iraq. She has accepted teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College.

She and her husband, Kim Hovorka, own Family ChartMasters, which is the official printer for most genealogy software companies, along with MyHeritage and FamilySearch. The company has won Editor's Choice and 101 Best Website awards from Family Tree Magazine, as well as FamilySearch software awards for both years they've been awarded – most recently for their Family ChArtist online chart creation tool.

Family ChartMasters came about when Janet inherited a large amount of genealogy work from her mother and grandmother, both wonderful genealogists. As she explored and cataloged it, she tried several times to get "the bigger picture" by charting out how it all related. Now, Family ChartMasters prides itself on being able to print any kind of genealogy chart, from beautiful fine art pieces to 600-foot family reunion charts for writing on.

One of Janet's greatest genealogy accomplishments was the completion and publication of her mother-in-law's oral history just one year prior to her untimely death. Most recently, she has found great satisfaction in encouraging her teenage children's genealogical interests. Janet is passionate about the nutrition family history brings to the souls of her family members. Understanding the good and bad in her own family history has helped her deal with her children and husband, and even her in-laws, in a more healthy way.

Janet writes the award-winning The Chart Chick blog. She is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association, and has presented hundreds of lecture all over the world. Janet loves traveling to genealogy conferences and working with genealogists – the greatest group of people in the world.

Karen Clifford

Karen CliffordKaren Clifford, AG®, FUGA, is an Accredited Genealogist Professional credentialed in the Mountain West, Midwestern, and Mid-South regions.

A few of Karen’s books include: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program (published by Genealogical Publishing Company in Maryland), Digging Deeper: Understanding Pre-1805 Genealogy Record Groups (published by www.graonline.com) Locating your Immigrant Ancestor’s Homeland (original produced by www.genealogy.com), and Becoming an Accredited Genealogist (published by Ancestry.com).

Karen has written and edited several published family histories for genealogy clients, and has produced multimedia DVD histories to tell stories of the families being studied, and of techniques used to locate family members.

Karen has been a traditional Instructor and Curriculum Developer for online genealogy courses at Monterey Peninsula College in California for over twenty years, and teaches and develops online courses at Salt Lake Community College.

For decades, Karen has given her time freely to support local family history centers and genealogy societies. She has served the Federation of Genealogical Societies for twelve years as its Vice President, and has also served on numerous committees. While living in California, she served as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and as Vice Chair of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, where she also served for several terms as a commissioner. She was the founding President of the Monterey County Genealogy Society (in California) and concurrently the director of the Family History Center in Monterey County for over twelve years. Karen continues to serve as Chair of the ICAPGen Test Development Subcommittee.

Karen's enthusiasm for teaching genealogy stems from personal knowledge that this instruction is where the passionate sparks of genealogy are flamed, but that passion alone cannot produce acceptable researchers. Karen believes that the world needs well-trained genealogists who can create a logical path from one point of evidence to another – such as those who have received training at Salt Lake Community College.

Kelly Summers

Kelly SummersKelly R. Summers is an Accredited Genealogist® residing in Provo, Utah. Kelly began her genealogical interest young in life. She remembers her father spreading out genealogical charts and forms on the kitchen table. She was eager to know who these names represented and how they were connected to her. This experience was the beginning of a deep and abiding interest in Family History and Genealogy. Kelly began taking genealogy classes as a young teenager, and continued on, culminating in receiving her BA in Family & Community History at Brigham Young University.

Kelly began teaching part-time at Brigham Young University in Fall 2007. She currently teaches Introduction to Family History & Genealogy and Beginning Scandinavian Research. Kelly also works with BYU Independent Study Genealogy courses. Kelly began teaching and designing courses at Salt Lake Community College in Summer 2012, and has taught to more than 1,000 university students.

Kelly has been engaged in genealogy research for more than 25 years. She has research experience in the United States, British Isles, Spain, Latin America, Portugal and the countries of Scandinavia. She has special expertise in Spanish paleography, 17th-20th century Catholic, Lutheran, notarial, probate and naturalization & citizenship records. Kelly has researched in national, regional and local archives in the United States, and in provincial, municipal, historical, ecclesiastical and military archives in Spain. Current projects include a community reconstruction of a rural village in 18th century Spain, and a community reconstruction of the women of the mid-19th century in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Kelly currently serves as a Commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), organizing annual conferences and developing the ICAPGen mentoring program. In addition, Kelly is the ICAPGen Testing Committee Co-Chair, and oversees more than 40 active worldwide international competency exams, which are administered quarterly.

Kelly researches for the private research and consulting business, Primary Source Genealogy. Kelly is married to Scott Summers and is the mother of eight children. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, sewing, playing games with her children and family holiday parties – costumes not optional.

Sharon Carmack

Sharon CarmackSharon DeBartolo Carmack is a Certified Genealogist with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She is a partner in the Salt Lake City-based research and writing firm of Warren, Carmack & Associates. Sharon specializes in U.S., Irish, and Italian genealogical research. She also offers consulting, mentoring, writing, and editing services for nonfiction works, with an emphasis on memoirs, family histories, personal essays, biographies, and annotated letters and diaries.

Sharon is the author of sixteen books and hundreds of articles, essays, columns, and reviews. Her work has appeared in nearly every major genealogical publication, including The American Genealogist, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Some of her books include You Can Write Your Family History, Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts, Your Guide to Cemetery Research, My Wild Irish Rose, and Italians in Transition.

Her work has also appeared in literary and writing publications, including Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Hippocampus Magazine (where her essay “Switched at Midlife” won “Most Memorable”), Steinbeck Review, and Writer’s Digest. Sharon’s essays were finalists in the 2011 Creative Nonfiction True Crime contest and the 2011 creative nonfiction contest of Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Sharon serves on the editorial board of Steinbeck Review, is an assistant editor for Brevity, and a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine. As the former executive editor of Betterway/Family Tree Books, Sharon acquired and edited forty best-selling guides to genealogy.

Along with a BA (summa cum laude) in English from Regis University, Sharon holds a Diploma in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and she earned her MFA (with Distinction) in Creative Nonfiction Writing from National University.

Sharon is an Associate Faculty in the English Department of Ashford University, as well as an adjunct faculty member of Salt Lake Community College’s online Genealogy Certificate program. She also teaches creative nonfiction and family history writing classes online for Writer’s Digest University and Irish genealogy research classes online for Family Tree University.

Her awards and honors include the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Grahame Thomas Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and she is a two-time recipient of the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Award of Merit. In 1998, Sharon was named a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association for her “outstanding contributions to the genealogical community and for the production of articles, books, and lectures that are an exemplary blend of her expertise in history and genealogy.” She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

For Sharon’s Curriculum Vitae, see either of her websites: NonfictionHelp.com or SharonCarmack.com.