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From: Jean Wilcox Hibben <>
Subject: [APG] Help! In need of family stories!
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2007 08:39:18 -0700
Greetings, fellow APGers.
Some of you may have already heard about my dissertation project, and
some have already submitted stories to it, but for those who have not,
here is my plea for help.
I am a doctoral candidate in folklore and my dissertation is on family
stories. Since my concentration is American folklore, the stories need
to be American in origin, but immigration stories are acceptable. They
need to be stories that have endured over at least 2 generations (things
your grandparents told you or maybe what your parents shared that they
learned from their parents, grandparents, etc.). Stories need to have
had some sort of impact (however slight: even that the story inspired
you to research your family lineage) ... in other words, why did the
story manage to survive? Stories must also be from your own family
(though if you have a client who has a great story, please encourage
that person to submit it!). I am collecting stories from the
genealogical community as that is the population I am eventually
generalizing to, but stories need not be proven true ... in fact, some
of the questionable stories that have endured and even impacted families
are the most intriguing. I am following the general cataloging of
folklorist Stephen Zeitlin at the folklore center in NY.
As an enticement, I am offering to donate $1 per story (that meets the
criteria) to the genealogical society identified on the submission form
(yes, this is ethical as I am not soliciting by offering to pay directly
to submitters). I expect to be compiling the data by early spring 2008,
so the sooner the stories are submitted, the more time I have to work
with them (donations will be made once the analysis is complete ...
hopefully by June 2008). If you would be willing to submit your stories
and/or present this opportunity (perhaps as a fundraiser) to your own
genealogical society, please see the details and submission form at:
<www.circlemending.org/familystory.html>. Sample stories can also be
found at that website: <www.circlemending.org>, click on "Dissertation
I appreciate this list for the many bits of information I have received
over the past years and now hope that some of you good folks will assist
me in this area. Thank you so very much!!
Jean Wilcox Hibben, MA,CGsm
Riverside County, California
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists
Member, Genealogical Speakers Guild
President, Corona (CA) Genealogical Society
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