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Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CG, has been involved in family research for over 35 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 VP 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.: www.circlemending.org.
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, to appear on the Travel Channel sometime in 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 http://genaandjean.blogspot.com 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.”

2016 Sessions with Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

1E Turning Genealogy into Family History: Stories from Stats
Syllabus: 2016/1E_Stories_from_StatsHO.pdf

Intergenerational stories are links to the past, but many people (especially the younger generations) become "turned off" by the lists of names, dates, and places. How can we make genealogy "come alive" for our descendants? This program explores turning statistics into stories and facts into fascination. Designed for all levels of experience.

3F It's NOT About Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research
Syllabus: 2016/3F_Not_about_zombiesHO.pdf

Learn some helpful hints about doing cemetery research, along with some practical suggestions for hiking in the less-traveled graveyards. Included are pointers about not taking everything written in stone to be as permanent as the marble monument. Good for beginners.



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