Saturday, July 2, 2011

FGS Radio - Selecting and Hiring a Genealogy Speaker

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Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This week host Thomas MacEntee will interview special guest Jean Hibben of the Genealogical Speakers Guild discussing how to select and hire a genealogy speaker.


Jean Hibben

A Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for over 30 years. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (where she serves as secretary), various societies in the areas where she does research, the Association of Professional Genealogists (serving as president of the Southern California Chapter), and the Corona Genealogical Society (where she serves as president). She is also the Membership and Meeting Coordinator for the Riverside Folk Song Society.

Jean has been playing guitar for over 40 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.

Jean is a volunteer at the Corona California Family History Center where she trains Family History consultants. A native of the Chicago suburbs, she moved to Southern California in 1973 and obtained her bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Communication. She worked as a professor in the field for 13 years before leaving academia to pursue her passions, family history and folklore, and holds a doctorate in the latter (her dissertation was on Family Stories gathered from genealogists across America). Jean is a national speaker and is known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations. She is a monthly contributor to the on-line magazine, GenWeekly, and a frequent writer for other genealogy publications.

Jean, who lives in western Riverside County, California, maintains 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 begin to 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.”

  • FGS 2011 Genealogical Speakers Guild Track

    Friday, September 9, 2011, 8:00-9:00am
    Nancy Lee Waters Lauer
    I Tripped on the Way to the Podium

    Friday, September 9, 2011, 9:30-10:30am
    Carrie Cook
    Making PowerPoint Unique by Not Distracting

    Friday, September 9, 2011, 11:00am-12:00pm
    Fredrea Gregath Cook
    The Value-Added Professional

    Friday, September 9, 2011, ,2:00-3:00pm
    Jean Wilcox Hibben
    How do you do that? Practical Suggestions for Prospective Genealogical Lecturers

    Friday, September 9, 2011, 3:30-4:30pm
    Diana Crisman Smith
    Something For Everyone! Or Not? Establishing the Right Presentation Mix

    Friday, September 9, 2011, 5:00-6:00pm
    Gary M. Smith
    Lecturer, Speaker, Teacher: What's The Difference?

Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois (GSSI) was organized in Carterville, Illinois in March 1973, for the purpose of encouraging the science of genealogy; helping others gather genealogical information; and preserving, protecting, and publishing information of importance to Southern Illinois genealogy. Our Constitution and a list of current Officers are posted on this website.

GSSI includes in its geographic area the twenty-eight counties of Illinois south of interstate 70: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

The GSSI Genealogy Collection at the John A. Logan College Library consists of more than 1000 books and several hundred reels of microfilm. The collection does not circulate, but it is now catalogued and may be searched through the JALC Library Catalog. Before visiting, consult the College Library webpage for opening and closing hours.

The Society issues a monthly Newsletter, and publishes a quarterly journal, The Saga of Southern Illinois, both of which are distributed to all members of the society. Indexes to Saga Articles 1974-2009 and the full text of Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette 1858-1939 and of Cairo Newspapers 1848 -1874 are published on line.


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