Course curriculum

    1. About Your Instructor: Gena Philibert-Ortega

    2. Course Access: August 22-28, 2022

    3. Course Outline

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Before we begin ...

    6. Contact Us

    1. Welcome

    2. What do You Already Know?

    3. Keeping Track of Your Tree Using Forms

    4. Genealogy Glossary

    5. How Are You Related?

    6. Lesson 1 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercises and Discussion

    1. Using Genealogy Software

    2. Citing Sources

    3. Starting Your Search

    4. 25 Online Searching Dos and Don'ts

    5. Finding Reliable Sources

    6. Lesson 2 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercises and Discussion

    1. Federal and State Census Records

    2. How to Use Census Worksheets

    3. Vital Records

    4. Newspapers

    5. City Directories

    6. Immigration Records

    7. Land Records

    8. Follow the Evidence

    9. Timesaving Genealogy Tips and Techniques

    10. Boost Your Genealogy Research Productivity

    11. Lesson 3 Quiz

    12. Skill-Building Exercises and Discussion

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About this course

  • $79.99
  • 34 lessons
  • 3.5 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


How Family Tree University Courses Work

  • Course

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  • Instructor

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  • Materials

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