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NEXT EVENT: 6 May 2019

“Songs & Stories of the War of the Rebellion”

When we think of the American Civil War, we don’t usually associate it with singing and merriment. But historical events have long been a subject of songs in most cultures and the War of the Rebellion is no exception. Both the North and the South had their music and both sides borrowed songs from the opposite camps. Meanwhile, back at home, families were singing of the brave soldier sons, fathers, and husbands who may or may not have been keeping up communication. They had their songs too. This presentation weaves together songs of the War between the States (most penned at the time of the event, but some later compositions, reflecting on the horrific battles and families torn apart). To present this program, the creator, Jean Wilcox Hibben, has researched stories and historic, though not always publicized, turning points of the four years of blood and battle. Using period instruments, Jean and her husband, Butch, will remind us all to never forget!

Jean is a former Board-Certified genealogist with a PhD in folklore and Master’s degree in speech communication. She has been researching her family for over 40 years but has been playing musical instruments and presenting programs that incorporate music into the history of events, cultures, and occupations for over 50 years. She and her husband are professional family historians living in the Lake Mathews area of Riverside County. Jean serves as the Corona Genealogical Society’s 1st Vice President and webmaster. Check her own website for information on other programs, podcasts, and her own family names being researched at circlemending.org.

Note: this program is suitable for all ages, but some detail may be disturbing to very young children.



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We meet at the 


650 S. Main St. (at 6th), Corona, CA 92882

Meetings are held in the Community Room, the first Monday of every month* from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

To network, get to know each other, or receive/give genealogical research assistance, “early birds” are welcome to gather at 6:00pm. ——————-

*in the event that the first Monday is a holiday, the meeting is automatically “bumped” to the second Monday (or scheduled for the prior Monday).. The society is open to anyone who wishes to research his/her family history. Monthly programs are offered to assist us in successfully identifying our ancestors of all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, religions, etc. Members are also encouraged to assist others by presenting a topic that will be of interest to the rest of the group and participating in the various projects the society hosts.

CEREMONIAL “PASSING OF THE GAVEL” from Jean Hibben to Al Southern, 4 March 2019 (photos by Dottie Laird, top, and Len Enlow, below)

MISSION STATEMENT: To promote interest and education in genealogy.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, installed March 2019 to take office 1 April 2019:

Al Southern  – President

Jean Wilcox Hibben – 1st Vice-President (programs) & Webmaster

Twila Costello – 2nd Vice-President, membership

Donna Sering – Secretary

Betty Chandler – Treasurer

Carolyn Hughes – Correspondence Secretary

Len Enlow – Newsletter Editor & Education

Sylvia Barnett – Publicity

Sherry Jones – Member at large

Pamela Coleman – Member at large

Carolynn Egan – Member at large

Judy Bengtson – Member at large

Photo by Wilmer Bengtson, 4 March 2019

Back: Al Southern, Jean Hibben, Pam Coleman, Judy Bengtson, Len Enlow, Donna Sering, Sherry Jones

Middle: Sylvia Barnett, Twila Costello, Betty Chandler, Carolynn Egan

Front: Dottie Laird, Carolyn Hughes



Dorothy (Dottie) Laird – Historian

Susan Tseko – Facebook Coordinator



Genealogy Classes at Corona Public Library

VISIT WITH US ON facebook To access our members-only page, click on the instructions below: FacebookInstructions

You must be a Facebook member to join the group (click here or the image above). When you click on the request to join, that will be sent to Susan Tseka, our Facebook Coordinator, who will get back to you. Once verified, you will then receive notification that you are “in” and you can start posting or responding to other members right away. Please be respectful of each other (no spamming or other inappropriate messaging – violators will be removed from the list). Use this to communicate about genealogy events you have become aware of, ask for help or suggestions in your research, invite society members to “friend” you, etc. This is a great way to maintain contact with each other between meetings, so consider checking this group periodically. (Note: no sales or commercial use permitted) If you have a concern about the list, please feel free to contact either Susan Tseko via email or Dottie Laird via email


  For dues information and to join the society, attend the next meeting and fill out an application or see the Membership page on this website. For questions, contact Dorothy Laird, CGS President (email, above) ——————- To see the schedule of our upcoming meetings, check the MEETING CALENDAR page.