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Gena Philibert-Ortega’s Gold, Pioneers, and Family History will set sail August 23 – 29, 2020 from Seattle, Washington. Sailing on the Emerald Princess from Princess Cruise Lines, additional stops are planned for Victoria, British Columbia; Ketchikan; Juneau; and Skagway. This 6-day cruise includes five ports as well as plenty of time ‘at sea’ for genealogy programs.

Speakers 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

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.


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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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More information coming soon!  

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