Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds master’s degrees in interdisciplinary studies (psychology and women's studies) and religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, Tracing Female Ancestors and Tracing Your Ancestors: Hispanic Research (Moorshead Publishing). Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera, and the GenealogyBank blog. Her research projects include Sowerby’s British Mineralogy: Its Influence on Martha Proby and Others in the Scientific Community during the 19th Century for the Gemological Institute of America, as well as genealogical research for the first season of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow and the Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women's material culture.