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25 May 2016

Gena Philibert-Ortega: Genealogy Double-Header

Want to “knock it out of the park” when it comes to the time you spend on genealogy?  Then you won’t want to miss two classes on the same day (Saturday, July 23rd at our library) taught by the phenomenal Gena Philibert-Ortega!

So what are the classes?

“Everyone knows about the "BMD" (birth, marriage, death) vital records, right? It’s one of the first records you look for in the hunt for your ancestors.

But do you know everything about those records you seek? What do you do when no records exist? This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, variations of those records, and alternatives.”

“City directories are great, but what other types of directories exist that can lead you to information about female ancestors?  Surprisingly there are all kinds that include church, community, genealogy, and membership organizations.

Learn more about directories, what they contain and most importantly where to find them.”


Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion.

Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, she has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada as well as virtually to audiences worldwide.

In addition to her speaking credentials, Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Family Tree Magazine.

Her writings can also be found on her blogs: Gena’s Genealogy and Food. Family. Ephemera. She is also the author of three books including her latest, From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012).

Gena was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013). Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. She serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women’s social history, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.

We’re so excited to have Gena teach two classes on the same day for us.  Reserve your seat and don’t miss a chance to spend the day with one of the leading female voices in genealogy research!

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