Gena Philibert-Ortega

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, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. 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 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.


October 1, 2016

11:00 AM - Five Lessons from Researching Genealogy Roadshow

As one of the primary researchers for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013) I had the great honor of tracing many different families and uncovering their stories. Learn more about some of the methodologies and resources I used and how you can incorporate it into your own research.


12:30 PM - Once Upon a Time at an Antique Store: Telling the Story of Mrs. E.G. Stetson

Have you ever found photos or old documents at an antique store? Ever wonder what the story is behind those items? Like many researchers I have found items and reunited them with descendants but the story behind some love letters I found in a California antique store led me through research I would have never imagined. Come learn more about finding and uncovering a story involving mistresses, divorce, art, the 1893 World's Fair, and accusations of disloyalty to a nation during World War I. This story proves that fact is so much more fascinating than fiction.


Handouts are available for Member's Only on the Speaker Handouts page.



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Orange County California Genealogical Society
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