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Gena Philibert-Ortega’s Gold, Pioneers, and Family History will set sail August 23 – 30, 2020 from Seattle, Washington. Sailing on the Emerald Princess from Princess Cruise Lines, additional stops are planned for Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia; and returning to Seattle. This 7-day cruise includes five ports as well as plenty of time ‘at sea’ for genealogy programs.

Speakers are listed below, and presentations will be announced soon!

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

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Learn from the Experts

Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized, a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. In its 23 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It helps millions of visitors worldwide and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, Wired, Ancestry Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 39 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in a specialty for research in the United States and bringing together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet. Cyndi is the recipient of the 2018 Society of Genealogists Prince Michael of Kent Award, the 2016 National Genealogical Society President's Citation, and many other awards and honors. She has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations. Cyndi is an internationally-known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars. She is the coordinator for the technology course at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and she has authored numerous articles and three books. Cyndi, her mother, and two Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.


♦  Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren’t going to disappear.
♦  Best Practices for Success in Facebook Groups for Genealogy With well over 12,000 Facebook groups for genealogy it’s easy to get lost in the masses. We will discuss tips and tricks and help you develop successful strategies for getting the most out of these valuable sources for research help, education, and so much more.
♦  Off the Shelf: The Unexplored Potential for eBooks in Genealogy There is a treasure trove of untapped research sources online: the electronic book or ebook. Repositories are digitizing publications and putting them online for us to use without having to leave the comfort of our homes. We will explore all the options that are out there to move your research forward.
♦  Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy Family trees and the information they contain are easily copied and re-published by others online. This means errors are duplicated many times over. We will discuss solutions for dealing with these issues.

Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing, key contributions liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).


♦  MyHeritage Technologies to Advance Your Genealogy
♦  MyHeritage DNA for Genealogy
♦  Prepare for a Cemetery (Search Photo & Index) Trip

Ron Arons

During the past 20 years, Ron Arons has researched his roots back to England, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, the Ukraine, and Belarus. He has given more than 500 presentations at international and regional genealogy conferences (IAJGS, RootsTech, OGS, SCGS Jamboree, WhoDoYouThinkYouAre?) on topics of methodology, technology, and his true specialty, criminals. In 2006 Ron won a research grant from the New York State Archives to continue his research on Jewish criminals in New York City. That same year, he appeared on the PBS TV series The Jewish Americans to discuss Jewish criminals on New York’s Lower East Side. He has published three books: The Jews of Sing Sing, WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records, and Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In his spare time, Ron enjoys tap dancing, juggling, and hula hooping.


♦  Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape
♦  Finding Living People on the Internet
♦  Mind Maps for Genealogy


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.


♦  Beyond the Mayflower: Researching Families of Plymouth Colony Using Published and Manuscript Sources
♦  Beyond the Muster Roll: Researching the Life of Your Union Civil War Ancestor Before and After the War
♦  Best Tips for Navigating American


Tami Osmer Mize

Tami Osmer Mize specializes in finding creative ways to use new and innovative technology not only for quality genealogy research, but to help simplify and streamline research processes. Her presentations, geared for all levels of computer users, are filled with useful strategies, tips, tricks, and always some new “cool tools.” The author of the blog and manager of the genealogy calendar of events website, Tami was instrumental in the organization of two first-of-their-kind virtual genealogy societies: the SecondLife Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS – the first virtual society affiliated with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, FGS) and the SecondLife chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the first virtual society of the APG. She is also currently the Communications and Social Media director for Joyflips, a powerful and unique smartphone app.


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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.


♦  Women on the Western Frontier: Researching Female Ancestors in the Repositories and Records of the Western US and Canada
♦ 5 New Ways to Use Google for Your Genealogy

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