Ancestral Ink: The Social History Behind a Tattoo

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Apr 14, 2023
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Sailors and Tattoos
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About this webinar

Oscar Philibert’s World War II draft card included a surprise, the description of a tattoo. That knowledge posed a challenge. What could Gena learn about this tattoo that would enhance his life story? This case study includes genealogical and social history resources that provide ideas for how genealogists can incorporate social history into the facts they find on a genealogically relevant record.

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. BB
    Brian Boneham
    1 year ago

    Excellent presentation on a topic which I had not considered before, with lots of great information to enable us to look into other servicemen’s tattoos.

  2. ME
    Martha Edwards
    1 year ago

    Great presentation. Never thought tattoos had any usefulness, now I see that they do.

  3. SC
    Sharon Caldwell
    1 year ago

    My father served in the US Navy and had many tatoos that I never paid much attention to. I am so excited to ask my sister which tatoos he had now that I know that many commemorated milestones!!

  4. BK
    Becky Knoblich
    1 year ago

    Gena was very engaging. I learned a lot about tattoos. She really did lots of research on them but also on sailors and the times and styles of tattoos. It was very interesting.

  5. KM
    Karen McAtlin
    1 year ago

    Excellent! The topic is so interesting, as well as the research methods she undertook and the sites she searched to find the answers. Thank you!

  6. JG
    Joyce Gillett
    1 year ago

    Great information. Well done. I now know about the cupi doll. The Campbell Soup doll resembled the Cupi Doll. Interesting. I LOVE social history.

  7. CN
    Cindy Nelson
    1 year ago

    Very interesting topic. Stuff like this is what puts the meat on the bones of our ancestors. Love it!

  8. DC
    Dawn Carlile
    1 year ago

    An interesting new area of social research.


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