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“25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors”

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


South Orange County California Genealogical Society

“25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors”

Finding female ancestors can be a challenge. In historical records, women adopted their husbands’ surnames when they married and carried that name through the rest of their lives. Property and estate records were most often recorded in the husband’s name. While this can make researching our female ancestors difficult, there are records out there that document their lives. Genealogical researcher Gena Philibert-Ortega has specialized in researching the women in our family trees and she will share 25 tips that will help you identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors.

About the speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy and social and women’s history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles, two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors, and a QuickGuide from Legacy Family Tree. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. She has presented to diverse groups including the National Genealogical Society Conference, Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, & the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. The presentation will begin after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon.

Visitors are invited to this free program on Saturday, September 21st, which includes refreshments. The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive. Park and enter behind the church. For more information, contact

The SOCCGS Genealogy Research Center located at the Mission Viejo Library is open seven days a week with docents available to help you, and Beginning Genealogy classes are offered each month. Visit for more information.


September 21, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mission Viejo Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
27976 Marguerite Pkwy.
Mission Viejo, 92692 United States