Colloquium Presenters


Janet Hovorka, MLIS

Janet Hovorka, MLISJanet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award-winning genealogy chart printing service that is the official printer for most genealogy software and database companies. She is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbook series that help people connect to their family members by connecting them to their family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick blog, the Zap the Grandma Gap blog, has written for numerous genealogy publications and enjoys speaking about genealogy. She is a past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy, business, and library science at Salt Lake Community College. Janet has consistently presented at local, national, and international genealogy conferences over the last 15 years including every RootsTech as well as Who Do You Think You Are Live: London, National Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, BYU Family History Conference, Utah Genealogical Society, and numerous regional and local societies, family history centers, expos, and conferences. She is a popular keynote and webinar speaker. Janet enjoys talking to students in the classroom as well as the vendor’s hall and even online in her SLCC classes. For more information about Janet and a list of her lectures from 2006 to 2017, please visit

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary Karen Stanbary, CG, specializes in DNA analysis, Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican/Puerto Rican research as well as complex problem-solving. She holds a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program and at other local and national venues, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard.

She is a coordinator and faculty member at three genealogical institutes—GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Her ground-breaking, complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and was awarded the NGSQ Award for Excellence.

She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She serves the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Trustee and chairs the standing Genetic Genealogy committee and serves on the Ad Hoc Committee for Genetic Genealogy Standards.