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Genealogy

The Genealogy program at Salt Lake Community College is completely online and teaches solid research and evidence analysis skills; including how to properly use and cite U.S. or international genealogical records. Students prepare for accreditation and/or certification in genealogical research and develop skills for other career paths.

Earn a Certificate in Genealogy Research and Writing in a U.S. Track OR an International Track by completing the following courses:

U.S. Track

GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy
GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
GEN 1010/CEGN 0010 U.S. Research I
GEN 1011/CEGN 0011 U.S. Research II
GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins
GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing


Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the U.S. Track certificate in one year:

  • Semester 1: GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High-Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
  • Semester 2: GEN 1010/CEGN 0010 U.S. Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
  • Semester 3: GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1011/CEGN 0011 U.S. Research II

International Track

GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy
GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
GEN 1012/CEGN 0012 International Research I
GEN 1013/CEGN 0013 International Research II
GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins
GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing


Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the International Track certificate in one year:

  • Semester 1: GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High-Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
  • Semester 2: GEN 1012/CEGN 0012 International Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
  • Semester 3: GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1013/CEGN 0013 International Research II

Courses

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course GEN 1000/CEGN 0001
Title Intro To High-Tech Genealogy
Prerequisite
Description InIntroduction to genealogy computer programs and basic genealogy skills used to conduct research and document records with appropriate citations. Students will learn how to use internet tools for genealogy research in records from 1900 to present. A windows PC is required. A MAC computer cannot open the RootsMagic program properly.

You will need to purchase RootsMagic Genealogy Software. You can purchase the full product with a student discount by going to: RootsMagic Student.

You will also need to access one other genealogy computer program such as Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, Reunion, The Master Genealogist, Family Tree Maker or Mac Family Tree

No textbooks required

Section List

GEN 1000
CRN: 22446
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0001
CRN: 25668
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Course GEN 1111/CEGN 0111
Title Genealogy and Family History Writing
Prerequisite GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 and GEN 1090/CEGN 0090
Description

This course introduces students to various forms of genealogical and family history writing, such as a two-generation compiled genealogy, research report, record resource guide/how-to-article, and family history narrative. It also introduces students to analytical reading, the writing process, analysis and evaluation of genealogical research.

Required Textbooks:  

  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, mfa, cg, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, May 2017), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you for $5. Order from www.scatteredleavespress.com.
  • Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History; 3rd Edition, 2014; by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff; New England Historic Genealogical Society; ISBN 978-0-88082-312-8. Order at www.scatteredleavespress.com.
  • Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers and Researchers; 2005; by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. ISBN - 978-0-80630-1758-8.
  • Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief; 2015; by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Scattered Leaves Press; ISBN-978-0-9972076-0-6. This book is available only from www.ScatteredLeavesPress.com. You may purchase it using PayPal.

 

Section List

GEN 1111
CRN: 25655
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0111
CRN: 22655
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to Register
Course GEN 1012/CEGN 0012
Title International Research I
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1010 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Students examine and use major international record groups in genealogical research. Paleography, record recognition and usage, research strategies, and usage of the international collections at various repositories will be covered. Course can be taken concurrently with GEN 1011 and/or GEN 1016.

Required Textbooks:  

  • Genealogy Standards: Fifieth Anniversary Edition; 2014; Board for Certification of Genealogists; ISBN 978-1630260187.

In addition to the required text listed, students will choose one additional required textbook based on his/her focus of research during the International Research I. Please select from the following list

Section List

GEN 1012
CRN: 22451
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7 - May 2
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0012
CRN: 25664
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to Register
Course GEN 1013/CEGN 0013
Title International Research II
Prerequisite
Description Course provides in-depth study of genealogical records, history and language from an international country. Additionally, teaches how to conduct research and provide evidence for kinship linkages in an international country.

Section List

GEN 1013
CRN: 22453
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0013
CRN: 25662
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1014/CEGN 0014
Title Making Money With Genealogy
Prerequisite
Description

Students explore professional opportunities in genealogy and prepare to successfully work in the industry.  Topics include: running a genealogy business, pricing, time management, marketing, social networking, and partnerships.

Required Textbook:

Section List

GEN 1014
CRN: 22455
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0014
CRN: 25660
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350.00
Call 801-957-5200 to Register
Course GEN 1150/CEGN 0150
Title Preparing for Accredited Genealogist
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1111 with a grade of “C” or better
Description Students will prepare a 4-generation client research project that includes: written report that analyzes evidence used to link generations; a research log; digitized images of important documents consulted during research and well-documented family group sheets.  Students finish assembling their research portfolios and take a practice exam.

Section List

GEN 1150
CRN: 22461
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0150
CRN: 25653
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1151/CEGN 0051
Title Preparing for Certified Genealogist I®
Prerequisite Completion of Genealogy Research and Writing Certificate or permission of instructor
Description

This course will help prepare students for the application process to become a Certified Genealogist® by walking students through each requirement of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) portfolio. This course provides students with practice assignments that correlate to BCG requirements, so students will feel confident when they prepare and submit their BCG portfolio. A passing grade in this course, however, in no way guarantees that a student's portfolio submission to BCG will result in approval.

Only available Fall Semester

Required Textbooks:

  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015). ISBN 978-0-8063-20175. [Students may use the 2nd edition if they already have it.]
  • Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition by Board for Certification of Genealogists (2014). ISBN-13: 978-1630260187. 

Additionally, the following should be downloaded from the BCG website: [Note: These are being revised and updated by the BCG and new versions will be available after March 2019]

Course GEN 1152/CEGN 0152
Title Preparing for Certified Genealogist II®
Prerequisite Preparing for Certified Genealogist ®I
Description

This course follows Preparing for Certified Genealogist I® and continues to support and prepare students to submit their Certified Genealogist® portfolio. This course is offered only in Spring semester.

Required Textbooks: 
  • Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th edition by Christine Rose. (San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2014). ISBN-13: 978-0929626215
  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015). ISBN 978-0-8063-20175. [Students may use the 2nd edition if they already have it.]
  • Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition by Board for Certification of Genealogists (2014). ISBN-13: 978-1630260187. 
  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, mfa, cg, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2017), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you within 24 hours for $5. Order from www.ScatteredLeavesPress.com
Additionally, the following should be downloaded from the BCG website: [Note: These are being revised and updated by the BCG and new versions will be available after March 2019]

Section List

GEN 1152
CRN: 25597
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7 - May 2
Credits/Contact Hours: 2
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0152
CRN: 25651
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 2
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to Register
Course GEN 1010/CEGN 0010
Title U.S. Research I
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1000 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Students explore record groups and repositories which contain  U.S. sources known to provide evidence linking families from students’ lifetime to 1850 and solve research problems by evaluating evidence.

Required Textbooks: 

  • The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy; 3rd edition; by Val D. Greenwood; Genealogical Publishng Co; ISBN-9780806319735. 
  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program. By Karen Clifford. Genealogical Publishing Co; ISBN: 978-0-8063-1875-2

Section List

GEN 1010
CRN: 22448
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0010
CRN: 25666
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
Course GEN 1016/CEGN 0016
Title Tracing Immigrant Origins
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1011 or 1012 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Introduction to methodologies and practices to extend family genealogies beyond the U.S. to other countries by finding evidence in unique U.S. records to link localities to International locations. Course can be taken concurrently with GEN 1011 and/or GEN 1012.

Required Textbooks:  

  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Origins, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. A PDF of this text is available for free under the Syllabus section of the course. If you would like a print copy, you can find used copies for sale online, or you may purchase the book by sending a check for $30 payable to Warren, Carmack & Associates, 358 South 700 East, #603, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84102. An addendum with updated websites is also available under the Syllabus link for this course.
  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, mfa, cg (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, May 2017), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you for $5. Order from www.scatteredleavespress.com.

Section List

GEN 1016
CRN: 25599
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0016
CRN: 25658
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
Course GEN 1011/CEGN 0011
Title U.S. Research II
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1010 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Course will provide an in-depth study of sources, records, and methodologies not covered in CEGN 0010 essential to documenting and verifying family history and genealogies within the U.S. and focusing on a time period prior to 1850. Course can be taken concurrently with GEN 1012 and/or GEN 1016.

Required Textbooks: 

  • Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy; 3rd Edition; by Val D. Greenwood;Genealogical Publishing Co,  ISBN 978-0-8063-1621-7.
  • Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records; by Karen Clifford; ISBN 978-0-9832388-0-5.

Section List

GEN 1011
CRN: 22450
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0011
CRN: 25675
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
Course GEN 1090/CEGN 0090
Title Writing Life Stories
Prerequisite
Description

This course introduces students to various forms of genealogical and family history writing, such as a two-generation compiled genealogy, research report, record resource guide/how-to-article, and family history narrative. It also introduces students to analytical reading, the writing process, analysis and evaluation of genealogical research.

Required Textbooks:

  • In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996). Used and new copies are available on Amazon
  •   In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996). Used and new copies are available on Amazon
  • The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories,  by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2017), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you within 24 hours for $5. Order from ScatteredLeavesPress. (This is a revised, expanded edition, so you if have an earlier edition from a previous class, you will still need to purchase this edition.)
  •  You can Write Your Family History, by Shoron DeBartolo Carmach, MFA, CG (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003). Available on Amazon or through ScatteredLeavesPress.

Section List

GEN 1090
CRN: 22457
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0090
CRN: 25677
Course Type: Online
Semester: Spring
Dates: Jan 7, 2019-May 2, 2019
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register

FAQs

All classes are only offered online.

Students that have taken courses similar in content to a SLCC course, can talk to an instructor to determine if the class would count for prior credit. 

Please call Maria Griffin 801-957-5423 with questions on this subject.

A Bruin email account is assigned to you by SLCC once a student is registered for a class.  Bruin Email is the primary mode of communication for you with your instructor.  Consults via phone may be scheduled through email requests. All instructors notify students of their office hours and make themselves available at agreed upon times each week.
Financial aid is not available for genealogy courses.

Short Term Intensive Training (STIT) utilizes state funds to provide occupationally specific intensive training for employees or for individuals seeking to match their training needs to new and existing employment opportunities. The types of training subsidized by STIT are extensive and include a wide range of industries. If you are interested in this funding, please contact the STIT Specialist Mariah Krizman. 

Phone: 801-957-5256
  1. Abstractors of original records into publishable books for researchers.
  2. Authors of genealogy textbooks or web sites.
  3. Building databases of information for researchers.
  4. Cataloging genealogy materials for major genealogy libraries and archives.
  5. Designing genealogy collections for societies.
  6. DNA tracking and recording.
  7. Examining records for lawyers to use in their case files.
  8. Filming or digitizing original family records for preservation or research.
  9. Genealogy research for hire.
  10. Helping senior citizens at nursing homes to record and preserve their family histories using the budget of the recreation center.
  11. Indexing scanned genealogy materials for fee-based companies.
  12. Instructor of paleography for a private manuscript collection repository.
  13. Journal extractor at a private manuscript collection who extracts key names from old documents and enters them into the catalogue for the organization.
  14. Keeping track and verifying membership of those who belong to an Indian tribe for government recognition.
  15. Lineage society specialist who either does the research so someone can enter a lineage society or who studies applications for membership based on a person's lineage before they can join that society.
  16. Manager of a genealogy collection; or over a group of genealogy researchers at Ancestry.com.
  17. Missing heirs researchers for probate lawyers.
  18. New Zealand research specialist working for the government to prove ownership of land.
  19. Oral History expert who conducts, transcribes and presents oral history information to clients and their relatives.
  20. Preserving tombstone information by satellite and computer system tracking.
  21. Publishing genealogical materials.
  22. Researching materials from un-indexed, none scanned sources for university PhD candidates.
  23. Software developer for genealogy software companies such as Legacy, RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest.
  24. Teaching genealogy classes for a state genealogy library.
  25. Translators and transcribers of genealogical materials into genealogy computer programs or Web sites for others.
  26. University genealogy course instructor, advisor, and course developer.
  27. VIP Project specialist over large genealogy projects such those projects given to a President of the United States, or to a foreign head of state who visits the United States.
  28. Working for insurance companies to locate heirs for insurance claims.
  29. Writing family histories for others from their research materials.
  30. Zipping large files to send them in batches to various electronic resourcing companies.

Utah Residents who have reached the age of 62 or over are invited to enroll in regular credit courses offered at reduced cost under the following circumstances:

  • Surplus space is available in the course.
  • Courses are taken as an Audit (non-matriculated, no college credit).
  • Course pre-requisites have been met.
  • $10 tuition fee is required each semester (fee does not cover cost of books, supplies, parking or special class fees or lab fees.
  • Online Admissions Application must be completed (You must mark "Senior Citizen" for the $40 application fee to be waived).
  • New Student Orientation must be completed prior to registering for courses for first time students.
  • Senior citizens desiring college credit must follow regular admissions and registration procedures and pay full tuition and fees.
  • Senior citizen audit status may not be combined with credit status within the same semester.

If you have questions, call 801-957-4073.

For credit courses, the refund policy follows the College's academic calendar.

For non-credit courses, a full refund is issued if the course is dropped 24 hours before the course start date. If the non-credit course is cross-listed and offered for credit, the College's academic calendar refund policy is followed.

Students taking online genealogy courses will need an internet connection.  Coursework is delivered through a web-based Learning Management System (LMS) called Canvas. When you register for a course, you will receive a Canvas account, and Internet browsers Chrome and Firefox work best with Canvas.  Students will need access to Microsoft Word, or a similar word processing software to complete genealogy assignments. As an SLCC student, you can receive free access to software applications like Word through the college’s All Access. Instructions for accessing All Access can be found here:  AllAccess Virtual Computing Environment.  Roots Magic, a genealogy software, is also required.  Students will stream video instruction, and so you will need appropriate Wi-Fi bandwidth for viewing. Coursework is best experienced on a laptop or desktop, not a mobile device.

Students need internet browsing, basic computer, email, and word processor formatting skills.  Students are expected to upload assignments and participate in online discussions in Canvas (Learning Management System of SLCC).

Genealogy online courses are rigorous college-level learning and require focus,discipline and attention to details to complete assignments on time. A considerable amount of reading, both online and in printed textbooks, video viewing, and online research is involved. You may want to start with one genealogy course if you are new to this format, however, many students take two courses a semester and are very successful. For every one credit hour in which you enroll, you may spend two to three hours outside of class studying and researching.

The skills, temperament and ability required of a genealogist include, but are not limited to: 

  • Interest and skillset necessary to dig deep into research of both primary and secondary documents and gather information that can be compiled in a prescribed format to client satisfaction.
  • Read, speak, and write about a wide variety of genealogical projects.
  • Willing to conform by organizing and presenting information orally and in writing according to professional genealogical standards.
  • Gather, organize, and analyze data using technology (computer and internet), archives, and libraries
  • Analyze circumstantial evidence and build a case with collateral evidence to validate conclusions.
  • Collaborate with others, both clients and colleagues, to identify research needs and learn best genealogical practice.
  • Fascination with history and placing people and families in context.
  • Expect to spend long hours researching, reading, exploring dead ends, writing, and documenting research.
  • Patience to pivot ones’ focus when reaching a dead end and finding other avenues to research instead.
  • Enjoy problem solving.
  • Attention to detail in following directions, conducting research, and writing.
Flat bed scanner
Photoshop or Photoshop elements software can be useful
While students can do their research on FamilySearch.org a free database, they may also consider a paid subscription to ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com

Schedule

Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the U.S. certificate in one year: 

  • Semester 1: GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High-Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories 
  • Semester 2: GEN 1010/CEGN 0010 U.S. Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing 
  • Semester 3: GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1011/CEGN 0011 U. S. Research II. 

Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the International certificate in one year: 

  • Semester 1: GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High-Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
  • Semester 2: GEN 1012/CEGN 0012 International Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
  • Semester 3: GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1013/CEGN 0013 International Research II.

Accreditation / Certification

Genealogy Credentials by Accreditated Board or Commission

Genealogy credentials are like a "seal of approval" which assures consumers that they will receive fair treatment and quality family history research. Having a credential gives genealogists access to potential clients.

The genealogical community is organized into two regulating bodies that protect consumer interests, support continuing education in the field, and license genealogists with credentials. They are the Board for Certification of Genealogist®  and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). In addition to offering credentials, both organizations provide mentoring services and peer-reviews. Genealogists can be successful with credentials from either or both organizations.

Board for Certification of Genealogist®

BCG offers Certified Genealogist® (CG) and Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL) credentials. Requirements for earning these credentials can be found in the BCG Application Guide.

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)

ICAPGen offers Accredited Genealogist (AG) credentials. Requirements for earning these credentials can be found in the Overview of the Accreditation Process on their website.

Instructors

Janet Hovorka

Janet 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.
Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, the official printing service for every major genealogy company. She is the author of ten “Zap the Grandma Gap” books about engaging youth with family history, two blogs, and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is co-founder of the genealogyDOTcoach, an online site connecting professionals and clients for short genealogical consultations; and the Genealogy Business Alliance. Janet writes the award-winning The Chart Chick blog

Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers, is an Accredited Genealogist®. She received her Associates’ degree in Professional Genealogy and her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Community History both from Brigham Young University. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. Kelly has three premier genealogical credentials through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) demonstrating genealogical research expertise is in U.S. Midwestern & U.S. Pacific, Mexico and Spain. Kelly is also an experienced researcher in Latin American (including Brazil), Southwestern European (Spain, Portugal, Italy & France), Scandinavian countries & East Asia (China, Japan & Korea). Kelly's research interests lie in kinship research in primary source records and rural community reconstruction.

Kelly designs curriculum and teaches university level courses at Brigham Young University, online courses for Brigham Young Independent Study in addition she also teaches online genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College. She has taught genealogy courses for the beginner, intermediate and advanced student in US Research topics, Spanish & Portuguese, French & Italian, Chinese, Japanese & Korean. Kelly has taught on a variety of genealogical topics at many local, regional and national conferences.

Kelly currently serves as the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) President. She served for more than 10 years as the Testing Committee Chair for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Kelly is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

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 NonfictionHelp.com, 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.

Julia A. Oldroyd, AG®

Julia is an Accredited Genealogist Professional with expertise in the United States Gulf South region. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and University Honors from Brigham Young University (1993), where she served as an officer for Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society. SShe currently serves as an executive board member of the Utah Genealogical Association and does contract work for several private research companies. Julia has been involved in doing family history and genealogy for over 35 years and is excited to share what she has learned with others.

 

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