Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA2

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor specializing in the use of social history and material culture to tell the story of historical women's lives. She recently joined the National Genealogical Society as Co-Manager of GRIP Genealogy Institute. She holds two Master's degrees: one in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and the other in Religion. As an author, Philibert-Ortega has published two books, Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing) and From the Family Kitchen (F+W Media), and hundreds of articles in print magazines and online publications. Her writings can also be found on her two blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera, as well as the GenealogyBank and Legacy Family Tree Webinars blogs. A highly sought-after instructor, Philibert-Ortega has taught material culture and social history at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and is a frequent presenter at seminars and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Her professional associations include the American Quilt Study Group, the Association of Gravestone Studies, and the National Genealogical Society. She has conducted research for PBS, HGTV, and the Travel Channel and has collaborated on research for the Gemological Institute of America.


July 6, 2024
Hybrid Meeting and Webinar
In person with Gena Philibert-Ortega

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10:10 AM - Secrets from Beyond the Grave: What You Need to Know to Find Your Ancestor's Burial


11:15 AM - Anatomy of a Death Certificate

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