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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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - 4 February 2010 - Book

Finding a book about the regiment one's ancestor served in is a special find, but this particular book lists my g-g-grandfather, by name and task, at least a half-dozen times. Captain Nathan W. Wilcox was an architect and builder before, during, and after the Civil War, and he was obviously respected among his craftsmen. Having this in print, by impartial colleagues, makes it more than conjecture on my part. This book is one of my treasures, though it is a reprint of the original, published by Higginson Book Co., a company that has reprinted old publications for those who are interested in such things.

1 comment:

  1. It's great that they are making reprints of these books! It is always a treat to read about your relative and discover how much they were respected.