In addition to her passion for creating beautiful family tree charts through her company Family ChartMasters, my friend Janet Hovorka has a real heart family. She yearns to help families grow closer through family history. Janet’s brand new book and resource materials can help any genealogist Zap the Grandma Gap!  Read all about it below:
Zap The Grandma Gap Book PRESS RELEASE
29 January 2013

Are the youth in your family more attached to their iPod or laptop screen than they are to you?  How do you connect to your family members and form the kind of close relationships that will support and strengthen them as they grow into successful and grounded adults?  Teaching your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and even your brothers and sisters about their family history can create strong bonds in your family and become a framework that protects and empowers your relationships.  Family history connects family members in a way that is personal and unique to your family.  It especially gives children the power to identify with personal heroes, learn life lessons and gain a broad, wise perspective on life.

You may be thinking, sure but my family’s eyes roll back in their heads and they suddenly have pressing engagements they have to attend to when we start to talk about family history.  Super Grandma comes to the rescue.  In the new book Zap the Grandma Gap : Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History, you’ll find specific ideas, examples and step by step instructions to take your family history from snoring and boring to exciting and inviting.  Super Grandma will teach you all the tips and tricks to connect you and your family back to your own super grandmas and grandpas in simple and easy ways that will bind your family together and strengthen your relationships.
You’ll find specific tips on ideas such as:

  • Applying your family history to your current family member’s interests
  • Utilizing social networking to teach your family about their past
  • Honoring past family members through the plants inside and landscaping around your home
  • Exploring your ancestor’s skills and talents by creating a project or taking a class together
  • Establishing traditional food heritage such as historic family recipes or even a gingerbread house of the family home
  • Collecting and archiving the jewels in your family history to ensure future curiosity
  • Navigating the rough spots in your family history

Along with the launch of the book, a new website has been created full of resources to help families connect with their family history.  The zapthegrandmagap.comwebsite establishes a gathering place where people can submit their best ideas and learn from each other how to strengthen the coming generation.  Included in the site are a multitude of free resources including:

Early reviews include:

  • “If you are looking for concrete ideas for sharing your family history and inspiring the next generation, look no further than this book. The personal stories and worthwhile activities make this an enjoyable read, and an ongoing resource to every genealogist. Janet’s passion for the power of family history in the lives of today’s busy families shines throughout the pages!”  Lisa Louise Cooke, Author and host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast.
  • “Janet Hovorka has provided a book overflowing with valuable ideas and suggestions for involving the “younger” generation in genealogy, perhaps without them even knowing about what you are trying to do. This book succeeds in being both entertaining and informative in a way that makes sense rather than preaches.”  James Tanner, author of The Guide to FamilySearch Online and
  • “Zap the Grandma Gap is a handy toolbox brimming with inspiration and ideas for getting the “family” into family history. You’ll be grateful for the guidance as well as the casual and supportive way in which it is delivered.”  Amy Coffin, author of and The Big Genealogy Blog Book.
  • “This book is a must-read for everyone who treasures family history and wants to make it come alive for future generations.” Suzanne Curley Director, Riverton FamilySearch Library
  • “Zap The Grandma Gap is not only a good read but a great reference book for creating fun family centered activities that treasures and builds firm family values.”  Holly T. Hansen, President Family History Expos Inc.

Zap the Grandma Gap : Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka is available now at, at bookstores and by calling 801-872-4278.  For it’s initial release, the book will be on sale for $19.95 until February 8th at which time the book will return to its regular price of $23.95.

About the Author:  Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from BYU.  She helped people at the BYU library with their family history research but was completely uninterested in her own.  Now, she and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters ( -official, award winning printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies.  She is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches courses in library skills and genealogy at Salt Lake Community College.  Janet inherited a large amount of genealogy from her mother and grandmother, both wonderful genealogists who lived family history in a way that was attractive and inviting.  Eventually Janet woke up to the soul satisfaction of learning about her past.  Most recently she has found great joy in encouraging her teenage children’s genealogical interests. Understanding the good and the bad in her own family history has helped her deal with her children and husband, and even her extended family in a more healthy way. Janet writes the The Chart Chick blog (, has written for numerous genealogy publications, and has presented 100s of lectures all over the world to help people learn more about their past.

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