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Program Meeting

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Today’s topic: “Is Your Brick Wall Topped by Barbed Wire? Researching
Ancestral Prisoners” presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jean Wilcox Hibben

Get a glimpse into the past, the issues of housing scofflaws, and the changes made over time (mostly in America). Examples of criminals ranging from people being in the wrong place at the wrong time to hardened convicts who either could not stay OUT of jail or who, once in prison, never left, these case studies will help audience members see the issues of finding prisoner ancestors. If your forebear seemed to disappear, could it be that he (or she) had slipped onto the wrong side of the law? Learn what types of records might help reveal these realities.

Speaker Biography

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, former Southern California college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; PhD – Folklore) is a national speaker and author. She is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts with Gena Philibert-Ortega, promoting their joint venture “Genealogy Journeys” ( With almost 40 years of research experience, she is a former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and current President of its So. Cal. Chapter, VP of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Western Regional Rep of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and President of the Corona Genealogical Society. Her website is

We welcome your participation to join in the sharing and/or present a brief case study! If you would like time to share at the member’s meeting or present a brief case study, you may contact our Program Chair, Jean Tempke, in advance, at Jean also welcomes volunteers to present topics of general genealogical interest to the members at large or a case study, either must be about an hour in length plus a few minutes for questions.

The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meeting. Please join us in the coffee room; on the left, inside the chamber. Note: only water is allowed in the chamber.
Society meeting format:

  • 9:00 am Coffee Social
  • 9:30 am Members’ Meeting: Society News, Sharing and occasional Case Studies
  • 10:00 am Break
  • 10:15 am Featured Speaker


April 25
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Jean Tempke


Carlsbad City Council Chambers
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Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
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