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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, May 14, 2010

Countdown to Jamboree, Burbank, CA, 14 May 2010

Only 4 weeks to go and I will be at Jamboree . . . will you be there too?

This will be the second year that we will be doing the Kids Camp and I am excited about that, but there are a lot of other things happening as well. The exhibit hall will be filled with some exhibitors that one usually sees only at the largest genealogy conferences. Click on the icon above to see everything that will be available for perusal in the exhibit hall. Here are a few examples:

Genealogy products, e.g., software, books, other supplies

Genealogy societies, lineage societies, family history organizations

Magazines & other publications (online and hard copy) in the field

Help and consultation services

Book publishing options

Various organizations that further the field

Exhibitors with ideas of how to preserve and share your family history

Promotion of genealogy and history events

It's hard to summarize all that is available, so click on the logo above and read about them all for yourself . . . then try to schedule your exhibit hall visits among all the other things happening at the event.

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