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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.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Countdown to Salt Lake Expo, Generation Maps, booth 401-403

We have arrived. Spent some time in Salt Lake doing research & finding a ton of information for a friend . . . using FamilySearch (the library catalog), New FamilySearch, and RootsMagic, together with the microfilms of a small village in Germany, took me back into the 1600s for her line! I think I'm as excited as she is.

Speaking of excitement, there is a ton of it over at the Expo Center in Sandy, where we are now. The exhibit hall is taking shape with all sorts of genealogy-related materials! We just put up the basics of our booth (are bringing in the instruments tomorrow morning) and are pleased to be part of this event. Saw Generations Maps beginning their unloading process just as we were leaving.

They are in booth 401-403. Check out their cool ways of displaying your entire family.

Hope to see you at Expo . . . it all begins tomorrow morning at 7am (for registration).

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