2014 Fall Seminar:
The 2014 CCNGS Fall Seminar will be presented on Saturday, 18 October, 2014.
This year’s fall seminar will feature two accomplished speakers: Gena Philbert-Ortega and Jean Wilcox Hibben.
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including Internet Genealogy,Family Chronicle , GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. She is the author of the books, Putting the Pieces Together and Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) as well as the forthcoming, From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012).
Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as Vice-President for the So. California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, is a Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance and a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks,signature quilts and researching women’s lives.
More about Fall Seminar speaker Gena Philbert-Ortega can be found on her APG Profile Page.
Jean Wilcox Hibben:
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), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (where she serves as Vice-President), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (where she serves as Western Regional Representative), the California State Genealogical Alliance (where she serves as Parliamentarian), various societies in the areas where she does research, and the Corona Genealogical Society (where she serves as 1st Vice-President). Jean is a Board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists and is past-President of the Southern California Chapter.
A Board-Certified genealogist, Jean is the Director of the Corona California Family History Center and is also an occasional volunteer at the Pacific Region Facility of the National Archives in Riverside County. She was the lead researcher for the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow. 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.
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 her blog: www.circlemending.blogspot.com.
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.”
More about Fall Seminar speaker Jean Wilcox Hibben can be found on her APG profile page.