Thursday, April 25, 2013

Speaker Profile-Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert-Ortega is exploring three unique topics in her presentations at NGS, researching Mormon women, earthquakes, and social media.

“I’m interested in social history and how that can inform what we know about our ancestor’s lives” says Gena. Her presentation, "Earthquake!: The Documents Left Behind," will explore two large California earthquakes and the resulting records. Even for those whose ancestors didn’t experience those two events, the types of records discussed will help in the search for records of other disasters.

A topic that Gena specializes in is researching female ancestors. She will explore that topic in her presentation, "Documenting the Lives of Mormon Women." This presentation will look at what types of resources and repositories are available to research nineteenth and early twentieth century Mormon women. “When researching women it’s important to expand your search to include their family, community, and historical era. While women are not always found in traditional government documents, they can be found in records created by their community”, says Gena.

Gena is a genealogist, author, and lecturer. She is the author of articles published in FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, and Family Tree Magazine. Her books include From The Family Kitchen (F&W Media, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007), and the newly published Tracing Your Female Ancestors, a special edition of Family Chronicle Magazine.

You can find Gena online through her blogs
Gena’s Genealogy at
Food.Family.Ephemera at

You can follow her on Twitter @genaortega.

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