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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wordless Wednesday, 1 July 2009


John JOHNSON (aka Hans HANSEN) (b: 10 Feb 1851, Denmark; d: 14 Nov 1892, Oconto, Oconto, Wisconsin) & Mary E. JENSEN (b: 2 Feb 1854, Denmark; d: 26 Apr 1914, Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin), married about 1876 in Oconto, Oconto, Wisconsin (probably at the Danish Lutheran Church, no longer standing). (This is the only known photo of John Johnson.)

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