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 Locating your Immigrant Ancestor’s Homeland (original produced by, and Becoming an Accredited Genealogist (published by

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 Carmack

Certified Genealogist® Sharon DeBartolo Carmack holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She is a partner in the Salt Lake City-based research, writing, editing, and publishing firm of Warren, Carmack & Associates, the owner of, and the executive editor of Scattered Leaves Press.


Sharon is one of only thirty current associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® who has been certified for more than twenty-five years.


She is the author of twenty books and hundreds of articles, essays,  columns, and reviews that have appeared in nearly every major genealogical journal and publication. Some of her books include Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief, You Can Write Your Family History, Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts, and Inheriting the Gordon Hips, a collection of humorous family history essays.


Her work has also appeared in many writing and literary publications: Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Hippocampus Magazine (where her essay, “Switched at Midlife” won “Most Memorable” and was one of ten essays selected for the Best of Hippocampus, May 2013), Portland Review, Steinbeck Review, Writer’s Digest, Personal Journaling, and Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art (where her essay received Honorable Mention in the annual Creative Nonfiction Contest). Sharon’s essays have been finalists in contests for the Bellingham Review’s Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and in Creative Nonfiction’s True Crime contest. You can see a list of all her publications on her CV (see below).


Sharon is also an Associate Faculty in the English Department of Ashford University, and she teaches online courses in Irish research for Family Tree University.


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.


For Sharon’s complete Curriculum Vitae, visit her websites: or