About Us

Crista Cowan has been a professional genealogist since 2002. Her interest in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood. With a client roster in both New York and Los Angeles, it is no wonder that Crista has become a specialist in Jewish Immigration research. However, she has also developed expertise in descendancy research, Southern States research, and British research as well. Her current family history passion is genetic genealogy - employing DNA testing to determine ethnicity, ancestry and make connections with biological family members. Crista produces and stars in a twice weekly, live internet show for Ancestry.com called The Barefoot Genealogist. Archived versions of her show have garnered more than 3 million views on YouTube. She is the founding (past) president of the Utah Valley Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is also a much sought after speaker and presenter at national and international genealogy conferences, earning the most popular speaker award at RootsTech 2013 and the “Most Downloaded Presentation” distinction for RootsTech 2014.

Janet Hovorka had no choice but to grow up to be a family historian, it was in the dna passed down from her great great grandparents who were avid genealogists. She now owns Family ChartMasters the award winning, official printing service for most genealogy software and database companies. She received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Brigham Young University. 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. Most recently she has found great satisfaction in encouraging her teenage children's genealogical interests. Janet is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap books and workbooks to help people engage youth with their family history. Janet is passionate about the nutrition family history brings to your soul and your family. Understanding her own family history has helped her deal with her children and husband and even her in-laws in a more healthy way. Janet writes the Chart Chick blog and the Zap The Grandma Gap blog, has written for numerous genealogy publications and enjoys speaking about genealogy nationally and internationally. She is past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches library science and genealogy at Salt Lake Community College.

Adele Maurine Marcum is a records expert with almost 20 years of experience, graduating with a University Honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University. During employment at Ancestry.com she enjoyed assignments in U.S. and international content acquisition; famous family tree research (including working on projects for the UK and US versions of Who Do You Think You Are?); indexing project management; conference organization; and public relations/marketing. She is a Utah Genealogical Association board member and the former Director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. At FamilySearch.org, she has developed strategies for acquiring and publishing international records of genealogical value. Currently, she is responsible for the publication of historical records for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.