Monday, November 11, 2019

Resources for Researching Women Veterans

Library of Congress

Have a female ancestor that served in the military? These resources are just a few that document the lives of female soldiers during the Civil War, World War I and World War II. 

Happy Veterans Day!

Civil War


Blanton, DeAnne, and Lauren M. Cook. They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War. Stroud: Sutton, 2005.

Halloran, Richard. Women on the Civil War Battlefront. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006

Harriel, Shelby. Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in Civil War Mississippi. Jackson: University of Mississippi , 2019. 


American Battlfield Trust - Female Soldiers in the Civil War

National Archives - Women Soldiers of the Civil War

World War I

Cobbs, Elizabeth. The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Ebbert, Jean, and Marie-Beth Hall. The First, the Few, the Forgotten: Navy and Marine Corps Women in World War I. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2002. 

Gavin, Lettie. American Women in World War I. Sebastopol: University Press of Colorado, 2011.

Schneider, Dorothy, and Carl J. Schneider. Into the Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I. New York: Viking, 1991.

Research Guides

Simmons College - Women's War Work During World War I 

Schlesinger Library - World War I, 1914 -1918

The National World War I Museum - Women in World War I 

World War II


Bonnell, Françoise B, Ronald K. Bullis, and Charlotte T. McGraw. Capturing the Women's Army Corps: The World War II Photographs of Captain Charlotte T. Mcgraw.  2013.

Carl, Ann. A Wasp Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.

Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga. They Also Served: American Women in World War II. New York: Birch Lane Press, 1995.

Lambright, Jeanie S. They Also Served: Women's Stories from the World War II Era. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2003.

Merryman, Molly. Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. New York: New York Univ Press, 1998.

Monahan, Evelyn, and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee. And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. New York: Knopf, 2007. 

Moore, Brenda L. Serving Our Country: Japanese American Women in the Military During World War II. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2003. 

Purcell, Martha S. World War II Women in Uniform. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 2003.

Soderbergh, Peter A. Women Marines: The World War II Era. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1992. 

Stremlow, Mary V. Free a Marine to Fight: Women Marines in World War II. Washington, D.C: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1994.

Tomblin, Barbara B. G.I. Nightingales: the Army Nurse Corps in World War II. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1996.

Special Collections/Museums

Texas Women's University - Women Airforce Service Pilots

National World War II Museum - Women in World War II

National WASP WWII Museum                 

Monday, October 07, 2019

Join Me for 50 Records That Document Female Ancestors

I LOVE Legacy webinars and Family History Month is the prefect time to discuss female ancestors. Join me for 50 Records that Document Female Ancestors on Legacy Webinars this week!

“Women can’t be found in genealogical documents.” “They are difficult to research.” While these statements can be true, there are records out there that document their lives. We will explore 50 records to consider as you research female ancestors from the colonial period to the 20th century in the United States.


Register now for this webinar to see it live on Wednesday, October 9th. It's also free for a week after the live presentation. After that, you can view it and the handouts with a Legacy subscription. (Well worth it to have access to Legacy's 1,000 + webinars). 

You can view my other Legacy webinars on my page at

Friday, June 14, 2019

Gena's 2019 Northern California Speaking Tour

It's Summer! That means it's time for Gena's annual California Speaking Tour. Join Gena at one of the societies listed below for genealogy and resources. 

Well I'm not speaking in Monterey but it does make for a nice California photo. (2018) Gena Philibert-Ortega.

NEW this year is the opportunity to consult with Gena on your genealogy brick wall problem. Meet Gena in San Ramon for 30 minutes & get help with your research. Just $20! Contact Gena for appointment times at

It's also time to start booking 2020's tour. 2020 includes a speaking tour in California (July), Arizona (April), and Texas (Fall). To learn more, contact Gena! 

See you on the Tour!

July 8, 2019: Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society
Topics: Her Name was Not Unknown: Finding Female Ancestors & We’re Related to George Washington?: Proving Family Stories.

July 9, 2019: El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society
Topic: Journals, Store Ledgers and Letters to Aunt Mary: Using Manuscript Collections

July 11, 2019: Contra Costa Genealogical Society
Topic: A Genealogist Goes to the Library

July 13, 2019: Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group
Topic: Her Name was Not "Unknown": Finding Female Ancestors

July 14, 2019: Sacramento Public Library
Topic: The Farmer Takes a Wife

July 16, 2019: San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society
Topic: Anatomy of Birth, Marriage and Death Records

July 18, 2019: Marin County Genealogical Society
Topic:Step Away From the Computer: Using Archives, Academic Libraries and Museums for Your Research

July 19, 2019: Mt. Diablo Genealogical Society
Topic: Brick Walls

July 20, 2019: Ventura County Genealogy Society
Topics: 25 Tips for Researching Female Ancestors & Using the FamilySearch Catalog

Topics are subject to change. See the individual society’s website for more information.