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July 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Today’s topic, “The WPA: Sources For Your Genealogy” is presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega. The Works Progress Administration, one facet of Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal Program, employed millions. Evidence of the WPA public works programs can still be found, but so too can the lesser known projects involving writing and historical records, a legacy that continues to benefit family historians today. In this presentation we will discuss the WPA, projects conducted by the WPA relevant to genealogy, and how you can research some of those records today.
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 her latest From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). Gena was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013). Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. She serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a board member of the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society. Her current research interests include women’s social history and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.
New Society meeting format: 9:00 am Coffee Social; 9:30 am Society News, Sharing and Case Studies; 10:00 am Break; 10:15 am Speaker Presentation. Note: The afternoon sessions that have traditionally met on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, known as the Business and Sharing Meetings, have now been integrated with the morning meetings. There will no longer be a monthly afternoon meeting on the 2nd Tuesday.