Jean Wilcox Hibben

15280 Multiview Dr.
Lake Mathews (Riverside County), California 92570

Phone: (951) 780-1799

Business Phone: (909) 268-5326

Contact between 09:00 am to 09:00 pm Pacific Time


PhD: Folklore, Columbia Commonwealth Univ., 2008
MA: Speech Communication Theory & Process, emphasis - Rhetoric & Interpersonal Communication; Calif. State Univ., Fullerton, CA, 1990
BA: Speech Communication, Calif. State Univ., Fullerton, CA, 1988
International Training in Communication, Accreditation, Level One, 1983


-nomination: 2009 Woman of the Year (American Biographical Institute, Inc.)
-election: International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women, 10th ed., 2009
-election: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2003-2004
-election: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2001-2002
-listing: Outstanding People of the 20th Century
-election: Dictionary of International Biography, 27th ed., April 1999
-election: International Woman of the Year, 1998-1999
-listing: Who's Who in the Media and Communications, 1998-1999
-election: International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 13th ed., 1998
-election: The Twentieth Century Award for Achievement, 1998 -Riverside Community College, Latter-day Saint Student Association Teacher of Distinction Award, 1998
-listing: Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1997
-Fullerton College Recognition Award, 1996
-Chaffey College Presidential Excellence Award, 1993
-International Toastmistress Club, Council 8 Speech Contest, First Place Winner, 28 April 1984
-International Toastmistress Club, Corona Calif. Club, Speech Contest Winner, 1984
-International Toastmistress Club, Santa Ana, CA, Speech Contest, Second Place Winner, 1983


Instructional Lectures
Songs and Stories of Cultures & Historical Events
Participatory Workshops
Narrative Programs
Banquet Speeches & Keynote Addresses


For complete list of presentation topics, please refer to website ; brief topic list includes

  • Research and Results for Beginners
  • The Civil War
  • Christmas Traditions of our Ancestors
  • German Immigration and Research
  • Translating Latin Records
  • Family Folklore
  • Using Electronic Record Keeping
  • On-Site Research
  • The Language of our Ancestors
  • Using LDS resources
  • Using Internet resources (li>Social History

  • Speaking Conditions:

    Speaker is prepared to provide her own projector (at additional fee) and laptop (for PowerPoint programs).
    Societies are encouraged to distribute handouts via electronic means, but handout masters will be emailed to organizations, if desired.
    For musical programs, speaker provides her own sound system and microphones.
    Full press release package (photo, bio, and program description) emailed for all engagements.

    Previous Engagements:

    click on "calendar/venues" at website listed above


    Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for almost 40 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).
    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 frequent writer for various genealogy publications, was lead researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow and has worked on another television program as well.

    With Gena Philibert-Ortega, Jean is involved with Genealogy Journeys, a project of podcasts, classes, writings, and other means of communicating the importance of Social History to the genealogy world as well as to the general public. Their blog promotes their latest projects and can be accessed at

    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.” More about Jean, her presentations, CDs, projects, etc. can be found on her website (link listed at the top of this page).

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