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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.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - 28 January 2010

The deed for the property, shown on the previous posts of the Freeman farm. It led me right to the location!


  1. Great find! And even better -- legible handwriting!

  2. Not only legible handwriting, but very beautiful too! :)

  3. They are really nice when they work so well!


  4. I have to go back to read your previous blogs on the farm that this document lead you to. Having the actual or copy of old family documents is so exciting.