Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert Ortega, The In-Depth Genealogist


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 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, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association.

Her current research interests include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.


Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor.



Go In-Depth With Gena:

What is your favorite blog post from your blog?

My current favorite blog post from my blog Gena’s Genealogy would be one from August 2012, 100 Social History Websites. Social history is an important piece of family history that is often ignored. I like to bring attention to websites and books that teach about social history so that family historians can learn how to incorporate it into their research and family stories.

Social history makes genealogy more interesting and in the end isn’t that what we want? To have our families more interested in their genealogy?


What is your favorite tip for new researchers?

My tip for those new to family history research is to go beyond genealogy websites and search through library websites for materials that can help you better understand your ancestor’s life. All types of libraries can hold wonderful materials for your research whether it’s a digital collection through a university library, a newspaper clipping file at the library where your ancestor lived, or microfilms of documents that you can get through inter-library loan from a genealogical library. A great website for finding libraries is Libraries in the United States.


What is your favorite genealogical education option?

One of my favorite educational opportunities is the Utah Genealogical Association’s week-long institute, SLIG (the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogical Studies.) There’s nothing like choosing a topic and focusing just on that one topic for a week, in a class taught by master instructors. Some may think I am biased since I am a UGA board member and I have taught at SLIG but even before I was a board member I loved attending SLIG as a student. It’s definitely important to gift yourself the opportunity to seek out education.


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© 2013 Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy <> and Food.Family.Ephemera <>. Her latest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012)

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