Arizona has a rich history that must be understood as one starts to research their ancestors who lived in the Grand Canyon state. In this presentation we will go over a history of the state starting with the Native American tribes who have called the state home and explore the years as the state continued to grow with Spanish, Mexican, and pioneer populations. We will continue our look at Arizona and its people by exploring the records and repositories that exist to help you trace your ancestor’s lives. This presentation is a must if you want to enhance your knowledge of the resources available for researching your Arizona family.
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 four 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 and Legacy Webinars blogs. She is a course instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. 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.