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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Countdown to Salt Lake Expo, Programs of Jean Wilcox Hibben

In 4 days the Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah will be alive with genealogists of all levels, learning, sharing, and enjoying the experience of family history. But today, there are still some genealogists who are unaware of this event . . . I've met some, right here in Salt Lake City, who had no idea this experience was about to occur! We need to get the word out . . . it would be terrible to learn, at church on August 30th, that one had missed such an opportunity! Click on this logo to get all the latest information:

And I am hoping to run into some of my genealogy friends (new as well as "old") at one or more of the programs I am presenting:

Friday, 28 August, 10:00am: "Yes You Can! Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability"
Friday, 28 August, 4:30pm: "Genealogy on Wheels: Doing Family History Research in an RV"
Saturday, 29 August, 11:00am: "This is not Your Grandma's Genealogy: Making the Transition from Paper to Electronic Record Keeping"
Saturday, 29 August, 2:30pm: "To Zion in Song: The Westward Migration of the Mormons" (this is a program with lots of music, including sing-alongs, and featuring my husband Butch on saw and spoons . . . I play the boring instruments like guitar, banjo, and mandolin)

Check my link on the Expo website for more information on these programs.

On Saturday morning I'll also be interviewed by Lisa Louise Cooke, of Genealogy Gems podcast, talking about the RVing concept for genealogists. I'll provide that specific YouTube link once I get it!
Of course I'll also be at our "Circlemending: music of our ancestors" booth - #621 (in the corner by the tables and prize drawing area . . . stop by to say "hi") - plus I'll be helping at the "Ask an Expert" area.

There's so much to do and see (and buy) that it would be a shame to miss the opportunity.

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