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Riverside County, California, 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 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 13. 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 am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, is on my Circlemending website.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Life changes

It has been a long time since I have posted to my blog; guess I am just caught up in the "stuff" of life. Actually, there has been a change in my life, so it makes sense for me to "announce" it here.

I was installed as the new president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. This is going to be quite an experience for me and I am looking forward to this new role. Gena Ortega was installed as my vice president and Anne Miller as secretary. Alice Volkert will continue in her role as treasurer, which is great as, since I am new to both the office and the board, I appreciate having around someone experienced with the operation of the group to help keep me on track (and Alice is great at that).

I continue to enjoy reading the Facebook postings of my friends and family, particularly the grandkids (we can finally keep track of them!). My husband has had a number of Facebook conversations with our grandson, Chris, in Iraq, so that has been particularly special.

So I am looking at spring as meaning new beginnings in my "social" life - on and off line. Hope spring holds good things for all.