Course curriculum

    1. About Your Instructor: Gena Philibert-Ortega

    2. Course Access: March 14 - April 10, 2023

    3. Course Outline

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Start with What You Know

    2. Planning for Successful Research

    3. Creating Timelines

    4. Keeping Research Logs

    5. More Tips for Researching Female Ancestors

    6. Lesson 1 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. Using Finding Aids

    2. What Records To Search

    3. Censuses

    4. Vital Records

    5. End of Life Records

    6. Other Commonly Used Records

    7. Her Life in the Newspaper

    8. Less Common and Harder to Find Records

    9. Female Ancestors in the Records

    10. Lesson 2 Quiz

    11. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. Finding Her Online

    2. Using the FamilySearch Catalog

    3. Using to its Fullest Potential

    4. Better Searching on Ancestry

    5. Give Google a Try

    6. Searching Digitized Books

    7. Lesson 3 Quiz

    8. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. What is an Archive?

    2. Searching Archival Collections

    3. What Are Archival Records?

    4. Examples of Archival Records

    5. Sources Specific to Women

    6. Next Steps

    7. Lesson 4 Quiz

    8. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. Not All Research Is The Same

    2. Learning About Her

    3. Researching Your African American Female Ancestor

    4. Researching Her Life Before 1850

    5. Conclusion

    6. Lesson 5 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

About this course

  • $99.99
  • 49 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content


Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary 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 virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published online and in print. Her books include Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and From the Family Kitchen (F+W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives.

Gena Philibert-Ortega


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