Jean Wilcox Hibben and Sara Cochran decided to talk about family pets - their own as well as the ones that their ancestors had (or might have had). Information about the history of animals and people is not new to us in the current years, but pet-ownership dates back centuries. How do you know if your family members had pets? Some thoughts on that are discussed, but a caution about not making assumptions is, of course, included. Also discussed: "animals as food" and not expecting that every family that had animals considered those creatures as pets.
Jean's Grandfather, H. P. Johnson, & Rex; Milwaukee, ca. 1925
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother.
After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19.
Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.