Thursday, July 12, 2018

On The Road: Tour 2018

Courtesy of winnond and
It's that time of the year when I leave the family at home and take a road trip! It's my annual speaking tour of Northern California! I'm excited this year to be on the road for 2 weeks offering 8 presentations and 1 workshop for 6 societies and 1 library. 

Will I see you there?


July 15. Jewish Genealogy Society of Sacramento. Topic: Female Ancestors.

July 15. Sacramento Public  Library. Topic: Getting the Most from Internet Archive.

July 16 Lincoln Hills Genealogy Club. Topic: Read All About It

July 17 San Joaquin Genealogy Society. Topics: That's New To Me: Unfamiliar Websites for your Genealogy and Fabric, Cigars, and Murder: Reconstructing a Community of Women

July 20.  Mt Diablo Genealogy Society. Topics: 10 Databases You Didn't Know Were On and 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know

July 22. California Genealogical Society and Library. (Please note that this is a workshop and requires prior registration and a fee. Space is limited) Topic: Reliving Their Lives: Experiencing, Researching, and Writing World War I to the Jazz Age

July 26 Marin County Genealogy Society. Topic: Her Name Was Not Unknown: Researching Female Ancestors

Interested in the schedule for Tour 2019? Are you part of a library or society in California? I am already scheduling that July tour and would love to provide a presentation or workshop to your group. Contact me for more details!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Did You #genchat #LadiesFirst?

Last Friday (April 13th), I had the honor of being a guest on #genchat. Have you participated in #genchat? GenChat is a Twitter chat that happens every other Friday night. Co-hosted by  @geneapleau & @leprchaunrabbit, a topic is discussed with questions being asked by the hosts and answers supplied by all in attendance. Because it is all text/images, and the information comes at a quick speed, it can take some getting use to. But the beauty of the chat is that you can use the GenChat hashtag (#genchat) to go back and read the chat at your convenience.

What can you expect to learn during #genchat? Everything from repository holdings, to helpful websites/collections, and tips from other researchers. It's an important service that is provided absolutely free.

If you want to participate in #genchat, you must have a Twitter account. Once you have an account (which is free), I recommend following the Twitter account @_genchat and the account of the two hosts listed above. And you can follow me (@genaortega).

Twitter is "cataloged" by hashtags (a pound sign and a word or words) so make sure to search on #genchat and #genealogy to find those tweets that can be beneficial to your research.

Courtesy of  @leprchaunrabbit.

Just to give you a flavor of what we discussed, here are some of my questions and tips. This is not everything I shared but it provides you an idea.

Thanks to everyone who participated in #genchat. I had a great time and hope you found it beneficial. Special thanks to the #genchat hosts (@geneapleau & @leprchaunrabbit)  who invited me to participate. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Set Sail in August 2019 at a Savings

You may have already heard about my Founders, Fishermen, and Family History Cruise for 2019. The itinerary for the cruise has been updated to include new ports. We are now leaving from Montreal on a 7 day cruise to Boston. We will be stopping in Quebec, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Bar Harbor (Maine) and Boston.

Normally the deposit is $350 but until Sunday, April 15th you pay only $100 to reserve your space! You don't have to worry about any other payment until 2019! Hurry to get in on this discount! Contact our travel agent Terri O'Connell at .

Join us for genealogy, tours, travel, and fun.

*Please note that this discount refers to what you pay for the deposit. The price of the cruise is the same.