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Program Meeting

November 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am


Today’s topic: Once Upon a Time at an Antique Store: Telling the Story of Mrs. E.G. Stetson presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Have you ever found photos or old documents at an antique store? Ever wonder what the story is behind those items? Like many researchers Gena has found items and reunited them with descendants but the story behind some love letters she found in a California antique store led her through research she would have never imagined. Come learn more about finding and uncovering a story involving mistresses, divorce, art, the 1893 World’s Fair, and accusations of disloyalty to a nation during World War I. This story proves that fact is so much more fascinating than fiction.

Speaker’s Biography:
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 and Canada 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 and Family Tree Magazine. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). Gena was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013). She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads and serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women’s social history and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.

The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meeting. Please join us in the coffee room; on the left, inside the chamber. Note: only water is allowed in the chamber.
Society meeting format:

  • 9:00 am Coffee Social
  • 9:30 am Members’ Meeting: Society News, Sharing and occasional Case Studies
  • 10:00 am Break
  • 10:15 am Featured Speaker


November 22, 2016
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Jean Tempke


Carlsbad City Council Chambers
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
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