Janet Hovorka, UGA Past President

Biography:  Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU.  She studied Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Egyptian Hieroglypics, and German, and lived in the Middle East for a year carrying gas masks around during the first American war in Iraq.  She has held various teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College.  She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family Chartmasters (familychartmasters.com), an online genealogy chart printing service that was the first company to be FamilySearch Certified by the LDS church.  The company won FamilySearch software awards both years they were awarded—most recently for their Family ChArtist online chart creation tool (www.familychartist.com).  

Generation Maps came about when Janet inherited a large amount of genealogy 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 Generation Maps prides themselves in 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.
Unfortunately, starting a genealogy business is one of the worst things one can do for their own research, but she enjoys learning about the family history of others as well as her own. Janet writes The Chart Chick blog (www.thechartchick.com), winner of the 2009 Geneablog award.  She currently has 17 active genealogy lectures and has helped 1000s of people all over the country understand family history better.  Janet loves traveling to genealogy conferences and working with genealogists--the greatest group of people in the world.