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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.

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Genealogy Gems" Highlights My Music!

My podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke - Genealogy Gems - has been uploaded to her website, in the Premium subscription format. She incorporates it with some of her amazing gems that help people research their ancestors; "my" part begins at about 13 minutes into the broadcast. She has done a unique incorporation of some of my songs with the discussions about them. I really appreciate the amount of work that had to have gone into that editing project! Little snippets of "Streets of Laredo," "Barbara Allen," "Red is the Rose," "Careless Love," "Tom Dula," and "Little Old Sod Shanty" are included. To listen to this, and the many, many wonderful podcasts that Lisa presents on her websites, check it out at Genealogy Gems.

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