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Save the date for Gena Philibert-Ortega’s Viva Mexico cruise, setting sale from Los Angeles, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  This one-stop cruise will have time at sea for genealogy presentations & discussions, and plenty of time in Cabo for relaxing and having fun in the sun!

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


sun & fun on land


genealogy presentations, demos, and consultations at sea.


Great food and conversation with other family history enthusiasts.

Ports of Call

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Los Angeles, California

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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.