Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CG, has been involved in family research for almost 40 years. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and is on the following Boards: the Genealogical Speakers Guild (current VP), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (current Western Regional Representative), the So. Calif. Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists (current President and past APG board member), and the Corona Genealogical Society (past-president and current 1st VP and webmaster). She maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, projects, etc.:

A Board-Certified genealogist, Jean is associated with the Corona California Family History Center (former director, current staff trainer); she was the lead researcher for the 2013 Season of the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow and did research for Follow Your Past, appearing on Travel Channel in March and April 2016. A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college professor, she holds a master’s degree in speech communication and doctorate in folklore. Jean is a national speaker known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations and is a frequent writer for various genealogy publications. With Gena Philibert-Ortega, the two form “Genealogy Journeys,” hosting genealogy cruises and a series of podcasts (launched in 2016), dealing with Social History. Their blog is where information on both of these endeavors can be found.

A former square dance caller, Jean has been playing guitar for about 50 years, learning a variety of other folk instruments along the way. She sees a connection between family history and music because, in learning about our forebears, we try to piece together the various elements of our ancestors' lives in an effort to create a complete (or as complete as possible) picture of who they were in their homes, families, occupations, religions, and activities. Their musical interests/involvement should be considered part of this whole picture, or circle, of their lives and that is the primary focus of much of her writings.

Jean’s philosophy is that “who we are is a compilation of our experiences and associations as well as our biological connections. When we understand our ancestors we can better understand ourselves. By doing this, we can complete our personal family circles.” This connects to her mission statement: “My goal is to assist others in their efforts to connect generations (past to present), completing the family circle.”


November 5, 2016

11:00 AM - BEWARE! The Enchanted Forest: Perils & Pitfalls of On-line Trees

When is it safe to get information from an on-line tree? Here we will discuss where these trees can be found, how to assess them for reliability, how to cite them, how to use them for clues to further your research, and more. Not all on-line trees are created equal, but most can be evaluated with a few simple steps: don’t become victim to the enchantment of an apparent pot of gold. Good for beginner to intermediate researchers.

12:30 PM - Bring Your Dead Back to Life by Learning about Folkways & Families

Folkways includes traditions, foods, music, art, stories, values, and all the aspects that separates one family (or culture) from another. When we learn about the folkways of our ancestors, we become connected to them in very personal ways. Sometimes we discover our own interests and talents seem to mirror those of our long dead relatives – making them live again in us. Sometimes we learn the how and why of what our ancestors did, making them more than names, dates, and places: they come back to life. Get closer to your forebears by learning how to find out what your ancestor cared about most.


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