Oregon Genealogical Society

Virtual Half-day Spring Seminars -
2 Saturday mornings, 2 Speakers, 2 lectures each!
May 14, 2022 and May 21, 2022
on Zoom
9:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Register for both Saturdays and save $5.  Registration Form
All four sessions are being recorded and will be available for registered participants for two weeks following their live presentation.
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Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, May 14, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Her Name was Not Unknown: Finding Female Ancestors — “What’s her maiden name?” “What happened to her after her husband died?” “How do I start researching my great-grandmother?” We’ve all felt the disappointment of seeing the word “unknown” to describe a female ancestor’s name. How do we go from “unknown” to finding a name? This presentation will explain techniques, methodology, and resources vital to family history research. Enhance your research skills using a 5-step approach to researching (and finding) female ancestors.
Learning More about American Female Ancestors Prior to 1850 — One of the stumbling blocks for family historians is researching before 1850 when the US census is limited to only the names of the head of household. Compounded by laws that affected women, such as coverture, and those female ancestors can be fairly invisible to the researcher. So how do you research your female ancestor? What records document their lives? Using case studies, we will take a look at how to approach this research and what records are available so you can be successful in finding your female ancestors.
Registration Fee:  $25 members and $30 nonmembers. Attend both Saturdays for $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers.

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 Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as six editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera as well as the GenealogyBank and Legacy Webinars blogs. She has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women's material culture.


Mary Kircher Roddy
Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Really??? — Proving and Refuting Family Lore- Many genealogists have heard handed-down family stories. How can you separate truth from fiction before you pass those yarns along to the next generation? Learn ways to dig deeper and find corroborating evidence to support (or refute) the tales.  Friends don’t let friends share myths. 
A World of Clues - Using County Histories to Find your Family — Hundreds of county histories were created in the late 19th and early 20th century.  They are filled with valuable information about the counties where your ancestors lived and include biographical and genealogical detail about some of the prominent citizens in the area. Learn where to find these books, and use them to explore your ancestor’s life and community. Even if your ancestor wasn’t featured in a biographical sketch, a county history can be a great resource for discovering your ancestor’s story.

Registration Fee:  $25 members and $30 nonmembers. Attend both Saturdays for $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers.

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®, grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984.  She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005.  She was credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2019, Certificate No. 1113.*  She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick.  She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL  and her children attended Monaleen school.  Two decades later, the genealogy is still a work in progress.  But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore. 

Mary has published articles in many publications including The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine, Family Chronicle (now called Your Genealogy Today), Internet Genealogy, as well as society publications in the US, Australia and Canada. 

She is a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society.