About Me

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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.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Are you a Circlemender?

Do you like to find your ancestors and connect the past to the present, trying to complete that family circle so it will be unbroken? If so, you are a Circlemender!

See me at FGS (I'll be spending much of my time at the Genealogical Speakers Guild, APG, and Board for Certification of Genealogists booths) to get a Circlemender ribbon. Everyone who is on my mailing list, reads my blog, attends any of my lectures, or otherwise follows my genealogy and/or music endeavors is welcome to one of these, so be sure to stop and ask me for one to add to your ribbon collection at the conference.


  1. This idea is spreading and I like it. Have a great time and enjoy and learn lots. I had hoped to be there but wasn't meant to be.

  2. Hope you have a wonderful time! What is the news on the truck???