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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.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stones, Bones, & Ancient Tomes and the Music of Our Ancestors

Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 17) we (Butch & I) will be hosting a table at the Corona Genealogical Society's "Stones, Bones, & Ancient Tomes." This is an event to introduce the community to genealogy & how to do family history research. We will have a number of tables to help people with doing research for their Hispanic, Jewish, African American, and Native American ancestors; using DNA to find ancestors; archiving ancestral photos with scrapbooking and photo restoration experts; learning about researching Revolutionary War ancestors with DAR representation; what to expect in the 2010 Census; and consultants to assist with one-on-one research help. Butch & I will be presenting Music & Our Ancestors in our display of period instruments with occasional demonstrations, as we've done at some of the Family History Expos in Utah and Colorado.

To learn more about this event at the Corona Public Library, 650 S. Main St., Corona, CA, check the Website. And if you live in the Inland Empire, come on over between 10 am and 4 pm to check out the event in person. There will be door prizes given away throughout the day and classes to help folks learn about getting started in family history research and use the local resources of the Family History Center, the Corona Genealogical Society, and the Corona Public Library. Be sure to stop by the Music table to say "hi" and maybe sing along with a song of your ancestors. (CDs will be available for purchase.)

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