Zap The Grandma Gap is a genealogy and family history series of books and a blog authored by Janet Hovorka. Find the books at The idea of the blog and books are to help children, youth, and adults connect with each other by connecting to their family history.

“Janet writes the award winning The Chart Chick blog the new Zap The Grandma Gap blog and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy at Salt Lake Community College. She has presented 100s of lectures all over the world to help people learn about their family’s history. Janet loves traveling to genealogy conferences and working with genealogists–the greatest group of people in the world.”

“Janet 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 accepted teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College. She and her husband Kim Hovorka now own Family ChartMasters. They are official printers for most of the genealogy software companies, along with My Heritage and FamilySearch. The company has won Family Tree Magazine’s Editor’s choice and 101 Best Website awards as well as FamilySearch software awards both years they’ve been awarded—most recently for their Family ChArtist online chart creation tool.”


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