Wednesday, November 6, 2013

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 9 November Features Jean Wilcox Hibben

The November meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) is this Saturday, 9 November 2013, at 10 a.m. at Saint Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd., just south of Jackson Drive) in San Diego.

The featured speaker for both sessions (10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.) is Jean Wilcox Hibben.  Jean will speak on:

1) Who is That? Why did Your Ancestors Associate with Apparent Strangers?
In doing family research, it is not uncommon to find your ancestor sharing a household with apparent non-family members or buried in the same plot with a family with a different surname. Sometimes “odd” names will appear as witnesses or testifiers on your ancestors’ legal documents or vice versa. The “unknowns” bear examination: they may be extended family or give clues to other members of your tree. This program explores these strangers, where you might encounter them, and how to research their identity. Designed for those with genealogy experience. A short description of working with the Historical Records Collection at is included.

2) County Websites: An Overlooked Resource
A large amount of helpful information can be found on websites maintained by volunteers; one type of these is the county site – supplying information of interest to genealogical researchers.  Those who attend this class will learn about how to locate such sites, the different types of information available, how to navigate the sites, etc.  Especially good for beginning researchers.

Jean's CV:

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CG, has been involved in family research for about 35 years. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG, where she serves as Vice-President), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE, where she serves as Western Regional Representative), the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA, where she serves as Awards Chair and Parliamentarian), various societies in the areas where she does research, and the Corona Genealogical Society (where she serves as Vice-President). Jean is a Board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists and is past-President of the Southern California Chapter. She maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, projects, etc.:

I look forward to hearing these two presentations (they will be new for me) and seeing Jean (and Butch?) again.

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