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Annual meeting with Seminar

  • 22 Jan 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom
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  • up to 500 people

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Annual Meeting

       with Seminar

Join our Annual meeting and Seminar with speaker Gena Philibert-Ortega.

Program will include installation of elected officers of President and Secretary.


Session 1:  WPA Historical Records Survey and YOUR Genealogy

Today genealogists benefit from digitization projects that provide easier access to records. But President FDR's WPA (Works Progress Administration) also was instrumental in getting genealogical relevant content to researchers. In this presentation, we will explore the WPA and specifically the Historical Records Survey and what genealogically relevant content you can find in books, archival collections, and online.

Session 2:  They Weren't all Housewives: Researching HER Business

In the "good old days" all women were housewives. Well, that's not entirely true. Women historically have to work due to poverty, widowhood, and single motherhood. Women did all types of work from domestic work to becoming entrepreneurs. In this presentation we will look at the history of women's work, the types of work women did,  and what records they left behind, with special emphasis on businesswomen.

Session 3:  Social History Websites to Help you Tell Your Ancestor's Story
Social history compliments genealogy in that it helps us tell the story of our ancestors' lives. But it's sometimes hard to think about what we should use to tell that story. in this presentation, I will go over websites that can help you add social history to your family history.

Session 4:   Your Family's  Wartime Menu (brand new topic)
What did your family eat during World War II? Your family on the homefront were faced with reinventing their tried and true menus by using food ration coupons, growing victory gardens, using little-known ingredients, and trying their hand at canning. By exploring cookbooks, government pamphlets, magazines, and archival materials we will explore food on the homefront and what your ancestor ate ( and didn't eat) during the war years.

Presenter bio:

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as five editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera as well as the GenealogyBank blog. She has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women's material culture.

You can visit Gena's blog here, https://www.genagenealogy.com/

Please note this program is on the 4th Saturday in January. 

This meeting will be a Virtual meeting via Zoom. 


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Non Members:    $ 40 

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Registration closes on January 20, 2022.

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