Speaker-September 2020

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

 September 19, 2020

 “America: Land of the Farm, Home of the Plow”

Presented by: Jean Wilcox Hibben

Farmers have been the backbone of America from the first settlers until present day. Without these important people and their families, there would not be food to eat . . . yet genealogists frequently use the phrase, “my ancestors were JUST farmers.” Just farmers? For centuries, they were the necessary part of our country that allowed us to survive and thrive. Learn how to research your farmer ancestors, what their lives were like, why farming was essential to this country, and how it paved the way for other industries.

About the speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, has been involved in family research for over 40 years. A former Board Certified genealogist, she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and has served on numerous genealogical association boards. She is currently a vice-president for the Corona Genealogical Society and writes the “Ask Aunty Jeff” column for the Jefferson County, New York Genealogical Society Informer.

Jean is associated with the Corona California Family History Center, and was the lead researcher for the 2013 Season of the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow, and did research for Follow Your Past, appearing on the Travel Channel in 2016. A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college speech professor, she holds a master’s degree in speech communication and doctorate in folklore. With Gena Philibert-Ortega and Sara Cochran, they form Genealogy Journeys®, hosting genealogy events and a series of podcasts dealing with social history.

This month we will be offering our speaker’s presentation by webinar! More details and a link to register for the webinar will be emailed to all SOCCGS members.

Meeting Place: Online

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.