KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS
Author, Researcher, Lecturer
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. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. 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 is a course instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. 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.
Michael Provard has been involved in the genealogy and family history community for more than 29 years. He began his career at the Family History Library in Salt Lake. In 2012 he joined the FamilySearch Marketing team as an Operational and Logistical Coordinator. He has taught many classes to local groups and at national genealogical conferences. He specializes in beginning research, Midwest and British research.