Events, Classes, Opportunities
All events are open to the public, at no charge unless otherwise indicated.
If not otherwise noted in this list, check the links on the right for local libraries, Family History Centers, and genealogical societies.
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10:00 - Speaker: Connie Rascon Gunther. Two presentations:
"Gaining Wisdom and Drive from your Genetic Memory." My Dad never took a piano lesson in his life, yet he could play any song he heard. How is that possible? One of my ancestors was noted for being exceptional with numbers. Is this an inherited ability? Can an inner drive to excel beyond all physical odds, be genetic? Genetic memory is a process in which memory is passed down through the generations and stored in our DNA. Although controversial, science has proven genetic memory exists. I will share some interesting stories so you can ponder or decide if genetic memory’s plays a role in your family history.
"Use your Heritage to Build Resilience." Ever feel like another emotional curve ball just hit you? All you wanted was a little more time to yourself so you can research that new branch of that family tree you just started. Your family may think all of your genealogy work is wasted time. Not so! All that family research and tree building time is valuable. In fact it could be the difference between life and death. Understand how famous celebrities use family history to get through the road bumps in life. Listen to how and why you could share your family stories.
10:00: Break, refreshments.
10:20: Announcements followed by program:
Using newspapers? Good! They are a must for your research and now with so many options for finding newspapers it’s a great time to be doing research. Learn about the various newspapers available, how to best navigate online search engines and what to do when the newspaper isn't online. Types of articles and ethnic newspapers will also be covered.
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her newest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media 2012).
10:00 a.m. - “Christmas Traditions of our Ancestors - Ghosts of Christmas Past: Tunes, Tales, & Ancestral Traditions,” presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben. This program connects some of our more common traditions in the United States to their beginnings during the time of our ancestors of various cultures and countries. It introduces audience members to related hymns, some of which are rarely sung in the 21st Century.
A Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for over 30 years. Jean is a Board Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; Past President, So. California Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists; Vice President of both the Corona Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Speakers Guild; a Board member of the California State Genealogical Alliance; and the Western Region Director, International Society of Family History Writers & Editors. 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.