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Gena Philibert-Ortega’s next Founders, Fishermen and Family History cruise  will set sail August 21 – 28, 2021, from the port of Boston, Massachusetts. Sailing on the Holland America Line ship ms Zaandam, additional stops are planned for Portland, Maine; St. John, Halifax, and Sydney, Canada; Bar Harbor, Maine; and returning to Boston, Massachusetts. 

Genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega and David Allen Lambert will provide educational presentations, technology demonstrations, and consultations. In addition, a possible pre- or post-cruise day at the New England Historic Genealogical Society will include an opportunity to learn more about the Society holdings as well as time for research. 

Terri O’Connell’s travel company Cruise Planners is in charge of travel arrangements and cruise registration.


history and sightseeing on land


genealogy presentations, demos, and consultations at sea.


beautiful scenery, wonderful food, and great conversation with other family history enthusiasts.

Ports of Call



Genealogy Cruise New England

Portland, Maine

Genealogy Cruise New England

St. John



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Bar Harbor

Learn from the Experts

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, and 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, countless articles published in magazines and online, two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors (Moorshead Publishing), and a QuickGuide from Legacy Family Tree. 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 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.


♦ I’m in the Book: Researching Women in Directories

♦ 10 Facts You Don’t Know About The US Census

♦ Studying the Records: A BMD Workshop

♦ We’re Related to George Washington? Proving (or Disproving) Family Stories

David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert has been on the staff of New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. David is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine. He has also published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009). David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.


♦ Best Tips for Navigating

♦ Boston Research & Records

♦ Utilizing New England & Atlantic Canadian Directories

♦ Beyond the Gravesite: Researching Your Ancestor’s Last Days

♦ Researching 17th – 20th Ancestors in Nova Scotia

♦ Discovering the Records and Resources for the State of Maine

 Brick Wall Q&A Session

David Allen Lambert, Gena Philibert-Ortega and Terri O’Connell answer your Brick Wall questions.

For complete booking information, please see the Cruise Planners’ website