Course curriculum

    1. About Your Instructor: Gena Philibert-Ortega

    2. Course Access: October 17 - 23, 2022

    3. Course Overview

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Introduction

    2. Social History and Your Ancestor

    3. Food History

    4. What Did My Ancestors Eat?

    5. Cooking by the Book

    6. Food History and our Female Ancestors

    7. Food Traditions

    8. Lesson 1 Quiz

    9. Cookbook Building Exercise and Discussion

    10. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Collecting and Editing Recipes

    2. We Don’t Have Family Recipes

    3. Community Cookbooks

    4. Cookbooks of the Era

    5. Newspapers

    6. Search Online

    7. Crowdsource

    8. Recipes Change Over Time

    9. Writing Recipes

    10. Remember This

    11. Too Many Recipes?

    12. Cookbook Building Exercise and Discussion

    13. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Not Every Recipe Is On a Card

    2. How do we preserve our recipe cards?

    3. Don’ts for Recipe Card Storage

    4. Organizing Recipes

    5. Physical Options

    6. Digital Options

    7. Lesson 3 Quiz

    8. Cookbook Building Exercise and Discussion

    9. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Cookbooks

    2. Create Your Cookbook

    3. A Cookbook too much?

    4. Facebook

    5. Pinterest

    6. YouTube

    7. Lesson 4 Quiz

    8. Cookbook Building Exercise and Discussion

    9. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Document Heirlooms

    2. A Family Scrapbook

    3. Family History

    4. Websites and Blogs

    5. Interviews

    6. Genealogy

    7. Cookbook Building Exercise and Discussion

    8. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

About this course

  • $129.99
  • 57 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

How Family Tree University Courses Work

  • Courses

    Our courses consist of four or more written lessons that may also contain videos, slide shows, and other elements. There are self-directed quizzes and/or exercises to help you apply your knowledge. In addition, you'll have access to discussion boards where you can ask your instructor, questions about the materials during the course dates.

  • Instructor

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  • Access

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  • Materials

    All the materials will be available for download, and you'll have access to the course materials online for about a year after the start date. After the course end date, it will go into read-only mode, so you'll still be able to reach the materials, but you'll no longer have access to the instructor or message boards.

  • What You'll Need

    Please ensure that you have internet access and that your browsers and computer system are fairly up-to-date. The course materials are designed to be compatible with most devices.


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