CLARK COUNTY NEVADA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
FALL FAMILY HISTORY SEMINAR
Gena PHILIBERT-ORTEGA holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s
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 as well as virtually to
audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and
magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree
Magazine, and the GenWeekly newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy
and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest From The Family
Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads.
She serves as President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional
Genealogists and is a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests
include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives
using material artifacts.
Jean WILCOX HIBBEN; PhD, MA, CG, has been involved in family research for over 35 years. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (where she serves as Vice-President), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (where she serves as Western Regional Representative), the California State Genealogical Alliance (where she serves as Parliamentarian), various societies in the areas where she does research, and the Corona Genealogical Society (where she serves as 1st Vice-President). Jean is a Board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists and is past-President of the Southern California Chapter. She maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, projects, etc.: www.circlemending.org.
1: Historical Societies: Bridges between People and History: We tend to focus on genealogical societies and on-line
resources when desiring to network and find family connections, but what about the historical societies? These can have a
wealth of information that is hidden from view because of a lack of means to make their collections public. Maps, artifacts,
letters, military documents, newspaper archives, court records, house histories, property information, and so much more are
tucked away for safe keeping in drawers, boxes, cabinets, and every conceivable storage location (not all archivally safe).
Some have websites, but not all of them. Some have mailing lists and query columns. Many have newsletters and some
have lists of their holdings. And all of them need support to be maintained. How to find them, contact them, and become
part of them are all discussed here.