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50 Records that Document Female Ancestors

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Oct 9, 2019
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About this webinar

“Women can’t be found in genealogical documents.” “They are difficult to research.” While these statements can be true, there are records out there that document their lives. We will explore 50 records to consider as you research female ancestors from the colonial period to the 20th century in the United States.

About the speaker

About the speaker

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 Rel
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    10!! What a great presentation – FULL of helpful info and Gena is delightfully enthusiastic and fun to listen to!

    A lot of information.

    Always the best-thanks

    Awesome ideas for locating women in genealogical records!

    Awesome presentation. Really enjoyed the content and the speaker.

    Brilliant webinar with lots of great information.

    Concise and well-organized; good examples; speaker was excellent

    Depth of knowledge about resources for female ancestors.

    Evening webinars are convenient for many. I’m glad I can watch again ’cause I heve trouble staying awake.



    Excellent content.

    Excellent speaker and a very knowledgeable presenter.

    Excellent speaker and subject. The hour was packed with worthwhile information, some I never heard. Thanks Legacy Family Tree. Webinars

    Excellent speaker, knowledgable, and great handout!!

    Excellent. I particularly liked your answer to my question about researching San Francisco, California people for the pre-1906 period. My ancestor and his sister arrived about 1868 and she seemed to disappear.

    Exquisite presentation with so much valuable information on where to go to find records of my female ancestors!

    Extremely useful.

    Fantastic and Comprehensive presentation!

    Fantastic presentation.

    Fantastic speaker!

    Fantastic Webinar. My head is reeling with all the possibilities

    Fantastic! Really good information on resources that I wasn’t aware. Good presentation style.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Gena / Marian: Excellent content and delivery; very educational – lots of new resources to further my research. Thank You!!!

    Gena did a great job of covering a lot of territory in such a short time. Kudos!

    Gena did a great job!

    Gena is amazing and always does a super webinar. I wish she would present a week-long session in SLC!

    Gena speaks clearly, concisely, and the webinar didn’t drag at all. 50 great ideas for looking for clues, and multiple sources I did not know about previously. Gena has wonderful enthusiasm and never sounds tired which is remarkable as I know she has children.

    Gena was a wonderful presenter and had some interesting and helpful items. The webinar wasn’t totally helpful for me because the female ancestors whose maiden names I need identify are all from 1850’s back to 1600’s. I will check out some of Gena’s references of websites and books. Thanks so much for allowing me to attend the webinar.

    Glad I tuned in – have some favourite female ancestors that I’d like to know better. Always interested in sources. Great webinar – thanks Marian & Gena!

    Good topic and excellent presenter. Tons of helpful information was given along with a great syllabus.

    Great info Very well presented.

    Great information and resources to use!

    Great information for a difficult subject as far as finding records is concerned

    Great information is given on tonight’s webinar.

    Great information on woman’s records

    Great information! A lot to follow up on. Thank you.

    great material well presented

    Great overview of resources. Thanks Gena!

    Great presentation. Thank you.

    Great stuff!

    Great syllabus! I love how she speaks at a fast rate but you can understand it all

    Great webinar on filling female maid names.

    Great Webinar, so informative!

    Great webinar. so many places to research, so little time…Thanks


    Great! Time well spent! Looking forward to seeing one on Library Archive ( by Gena.

    I was familiar with many of the resources, but there were a few that were new to me.

    I was impressed with the amount of information given within an hour presentation! Fantastic webinar!

    I was mainly interested in research in Europe but never the less, I found some of this helpful. Much of it I had already done on my own.

    I will certainly look for more of Gena’s webinars – she was great!

    I wish I could rate it a 10. Very informative and interesting.

    I’m a student of the National Inst and I have heard countless dozens of Gena’s webinars. This one (as always) was excellent! She is my favourite webinar presenter and has been for the last two years. Thank you!!

    Informative, quick moving, sources, excellent!


    It was good information. Thank you. So glad for the handout.

    It was great. It provided a lot in information and sources I was not familiar with. I may have to watch it again to make sure I got everything.

    Learned a lot! Thank you Gena!

    Learned so much!

    Like drinking from a fire hose, but great ideas of places to look that I had not thought about previously.

    Lots of good information and not presented too fast.

    Lots of great ideas!

    Lots of great info and sites!

    Lots of great information succinctly presented.

    Lot’s of great sources and sites. More hours of research in my future!

    Lots of ideas that were new to me!

    Lots of info on where to look and most would apply to males also.

    lots of information that would be valuable for someone who cannot travel to find records.

    Lots of information!

    lots of places to check, thank you

    loved all the resources

    Nice set of resources. Thank you

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    One of the best webinars…ever! So much information and great resources!


    Outstanding, as usual! Got the old brain going!

    So informative. I learned many new things!

    So much excellent information. I will definitely watch this one again.

    So much great information!

    So much information. Wow. Thank you.

    Some ideas but not so relevant for non American researchers

    Some very interesting places to find records….even though the session was mainly geared to American records there was a lot of good tips for places & resources to seek out in other countries.

    Such a great webinar! Loads of good information! Thank you

    Terrific! It is so hard to find female ancestors that I appreciate every resource that helps on this topic. Great presenter. Cannot wait to see the replay.

    Thanks for the wonderful list of places to find my female ancestors. Some of these I have, but some I had never considered. I have new places to look now!

    The best ever!!

    The webinar was fast-paced. I got a lot of great ideas of new places to search. Thank you.

    There were a lot of areas that I had not thought of for researching and I enjoyed the presentation very much. There was a lot of information in a short time.

    This webinar was AWESOME. Should be in the top five, if not the first.

    Very enjoyable presentation.

    Please consider presenting a webinar on using Internet Archive.

    Very good webinar with lots of info. Need a part 2 to go more in depth.

    Very good.

    Very helpful information. Thank you so much!

    Very helpful. Lots of ideas to pursue

    very informative

    Very informative

    very informative! Loved Gena’s presentation.

    Very informative.

    Very informative.

    Very interesting and informative.

    Very useful

    well done!

    Well spoken, well prepared, and informative. I look forward to more webinars by Gena Philbert-Ortega.

    Wonderful resources


    Wow! lots of information Gena gave us! Nicely presented. Thank you!


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