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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, December 11, 2009

Family History Expo Countdown, Mesa, AZ - Speaker, Alice Volkert

I am excited about the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona, for a number of reasons. One of these is that a dear friend of mine will be one of the presenters and I am looking forward to hearing her talk about naming children during Colonial Times. Alice Volkert, who will also be discussing the use of digital photography in genealogy, serves with me on the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and keeps track of our members and money as the treasurer. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Alice as a fellow genealogist who has a high level of professionalism in her work as a researcher and a presenter. Check out the two presentations she will be doing at the Expo by clicking here. Alice, a DAR member, also runs Volkert Services, helping people research and chart their family trees.

If you are still trying to decide whether or not to attend the Mesa, AZ Family History Expo, maybe this will help you make that decision. I'll talk about some of the other presenters in my weekly blogs, counting down to this event on the 22nd & 23rd of January 2010. It's just around the corner!

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