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Where You Can Find Me: October 2017

Gena Philibert-Ortega

The following places are where I'm speaking in person and virtually. Hope to see you there!

October 9 - 13, 2017. Family Tree University Workshop
Topic: Research Logs Made Easy

October 14, 2017. Genealogical Society of Riverside
Topic: Step away from the Computer...

October 18, 2017. Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Topic: The WPA: Sources for your Genealogy                                                    (virtual and free but requires advanced registration)

October 21, 2017. Contra Costa Genealogical Society
Topic: Fall Seminar: Finding Your Female Ancestors (requires paid registration),
This all-day seminar features four presentations on finding female ancestors. ALL presentations are new and have been updated/changed/enhanced from previous versions.

Until October 15, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offering FREE access to some of their popular webinars including my 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know. Check it out and see it for FREE for this limited time.

California Speaking Tour 2017

I'm off on my speaking tour of Northern California. If you're near any of the following places, consider joining us. I'd love to meet you!

July 15, 2017. Ventura County Genealogy Society Mini Seminar
Topics: 10 Databases You Didn't Know Were on Ancestry.comFabric, Cigars and Murder: Reconstructing a Community of Women

July 16, 2017. Sacramento Public Library.
Topic: Her Name Wasn't Unknown: Researching Your Female Ancestor's Life

July 19, 2017. El Dorado Hills Genealogy Society
Topic: Finding Images to Tell The Story of Your Genealogy

July 21, 2017. Mt Diablo Genealogy Society
Topics: Finding Images to Tell The Story of Your Genealogy and The WPA: Source for your Genealogy

Have You Heard? Legacy's 500th

I'm a proud presenter of 22 Legacy Family Tree Webinars (and counting!). Legacy has reached an important milestone, their 500th Webinar and they are inviting you to help celebrate.

Not a Legacy Webinar subscriber? That's ok, for this weekend only you can watch any webinar in the Legacy webinar library for FREE. To celebrate, for the first time ever, they are opening up the webinar library for a Free Access Weekend. The free access will begin Friday (April 14) and will conclude Sunday night (April 16).

There's no special link or code. Just visit anytime between Friday and Sunday and enjoy  free access to the webinar videos in the library. Watch 1, 50, or binge watch all 500! During the weekend you can watch the #1 webinar for March, my presentation on 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know. I know after watching just a few, you'll want to subscribe to  Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Learn more about Legacy Webinars from their blog.

Women's History Month 2017: A Bibliography

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Thank you so much for joining me for this month long look at our World War I era female ancestors. I hope you found something of use and are inspired to tell the story of your female ancestor's  lives. Below is a bibliography for additional resources and history.

Brown, Carrie. Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2002.

Brown, Nikki L. M. Private Politics and Public Voices: Black Women's Activism from World War I to the New Deal. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.

Early, Frances H, and Frances H. Early. A World Without War: How U.S. Feminists and Pacifists Resisted World War I. Syracuse, N.Y: Syracuse University Press, 1997.

Ebbert, Jean, and Marie-Beth Hall. The First, the Few, the Forgotten: Navy and Marine Corps Women in World War I. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2002.

Gavin, Lettie. American Women in World War I: They Also Served. Niwot, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, 1997.

Graham, John W. The Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the 1930s: Overseas Grave Visitations by Mothers and Widows of Fallen U.S. World War I Soldiers. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2005.

Greenwald, Maurine W. Women, War, and Work: The Impact of World War I on Women Workers in the United States. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1980.

Hall, Margaret, Margaret R. Higonnet, and Susan Solomon. Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall. , 2014.

Hayden-Smith, Rose. Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2014.

Haytock, Jennifer A. At Home, at War: Domesticity and World War I in American Literature. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003.

Higonnet, Margaret R. Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I. New York, N.Y: Plume, 1999.

Jensen, Kimberly. Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Kennedy, Kathleen. Disloyal Mothers and Scurrilous Citizens: Women and Subversion During World War I. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

Schneider, Dorothy, and Carl J. Schneider. Into the Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I. New York: Viking, 1991.

Steinson, Barbara J. American Women's Activism in World War I. New York: Garland Pub, 1982.

Thom, Deborah. Nice Girls and Rude Girls: Women Workers in World War I. London: New York, 1998.

Women's History Month 2017: 1920 Census

By 1920 the Great War was over and life was getting back to normal. Change was in the air and the Roaring 20's were on the horizon.

The 1920 US Census provides a look at our ancestor's life after the war and provides the opportunity to better understand their place in time.

I realize all family historians have used the 1920 census but I urge you to explore some of the books and websites below that provide analysis of census data. So many times we just use certain records without a full understanding of them. The following should help.

Additional Resources:

US Census Bureau – 1920 Overview 
US Census Bureau – Census of Population and Housing, 1920
Cyndi’s List – 1920 US Federal Census 
United States Department of Agriculture – 1920 Census Publications
University of Minnesota – Minnesota Population Schedule – 1920 Census: Instructions to Enumerators
Slate The Vault – Vintage Infographics: Where Women Worked In 1920
Facts About Working Women (1925) 
ICPSR – Puerto Rico Census Project , 1920 
Racial Reorganization and the United States Census 1850-1930: Mulattoes, Half-Breeds, Mixed Parentage, Hindoos, and the Mexican Race 
Princeton University Library - The United States Economic Census: 1920s 

The Blind Population of the United States, 1920: A Statistical Analysis of the Data Obtained at the Fourteenth Decennial Census. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1928.

Carpenter, Niles. Immigrants and Their Children, 1920: A Study Based on Census Statistics Relative to the Foreign Born and the Native White of Foreign or Mixed Parentage. Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1927.

Goldenweiser, E A, and Leon E. Truesdell. Farm Tenancy in the United States: An Analysis of the Results of the 1920 Census Relative to Farms Classified by Tenure Supplemented by Pertinent Data from Other Sources. Washington: G.P.O, 1924.

Hill, Joseph A. Women in Gainful Occupations, 1870 to 1920: A Study of the Trend of Recent Changes in the Numbers, Occupational Distribution, and Family Relationship of Women Reported in the Census As Following a Gainful Occupation. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Office, 1929.

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IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide: “Researching in School Records” by Melissa Barker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 10, 2017 | Utica, OH  IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide:“Researching in School Records” by Melissa Barker The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Melissa Barker, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to Researching in School Records.” Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional…See More
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At 6:41pm on May 4, 2016, Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico said…

Yup the correct word is NOT CONNECTED????

At 6:40pm on May 4, 2016, Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico said…

Gena Philibert Ortega,  for some reason the system says my chat is shut off? I keep clicking to go into chat room and it says not available?

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At 10:36am on March 6, 2016, Joe said…

Hello Gena, Thanks for trying to address my email issue. When I click settings...Profile...change email, it gives me a link to click on in my new email. when I do click on it, it takes me to my page. when I re-enter my profile the old address is still there

At 6:49pm on September 15, 2011, Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) said…
Hi!  I tried emailing you about the possibility of starting a new chat, but it bounced and said your box was full.  When you have some space in your email, could you email me  Thanks!
At 2:49pm on August 29, 2011, Hal Horrocks said…


Is there nothing your not involved in?


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At 7:55am on July 14, 2011, James P. LaLone said…


Check out Monica Diesma posting the same message to many people, I think it is spam to get in contact with people. Jim.

At 10:29pm on May 12, 2011, Lawrence Wright said…
Thanks for the comment and encouragement Gena.  This is a wonderful site.  I have to confess that I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Trying to find the right pedagogy to learn this has left me feeling like a deer looking at an oncoming car at night with bright headlights on.   Larry
At 11:16am on February 9, 2011, Ellen Healy said…
Gena, So glad to see you here again. I didn't know you had been gone until it was mentioned one night on the chat. Good news!!!
At 8:26pm on November 10, 2010, Ellen Healy said…
Hi, Gena, I really love the lists of sites you have been posting in the newsletter. They are very helpful, and I just copied the ones from todays' newsletter on military records. One question I have is do you know of any good sites where records of the Spanish-American War are listed?
At 5:31pm on October 27, 2010, Sharon Rollins Pustejovsky said…
Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to using GenealogyWise and getting to know other users, and helping each other as much as possible.

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