Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society will be hosting Gena Philibert-Ortega on Thursday, February 23 at Cooper Memorial Library at 4:30 PM.  There will be a short Meet and Greet, future programs announcements and Gena will start at 5:00 PM.

Topic: Women Research using Community cookbooks. Community Cookbooks, commonly known as fundraising cookbooks with plastic comb binding, have been around since the Civil War. They serve as a “city directory” of women, with everything from names, Residences, and in some cases familial relationships and photos. Learning more about community cookbooks and using them for your family history can help you find the women in your family tree. 

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 four editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing.

After the presentation, there will be a short Q&A.  If you can not make it to the library please join us on Zoom.  This will be a hybrid meeting free and open to the public.  Pastfinders is a non-profit organization.  To learn more about Pastfinders and how to become a member, Please go to .


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