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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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Family History Expos!


At the Mesa Family History Expo right now. Great classes. Great music (yup). Great people. Great fun. It has met expectations. But already we are counting down to the St. George, Utah Expo the end of February - 5 weeks from this weekend. Are you planning to attend? As with all the Expos, there are lots of exciting events, exhibits, and speakers planned. In the coming weeks, I'll give more details on what is scheduled, other things to do in the St. George area, a set of classes for beginning genealogists, and a run-down on the presentations I'll be doing. Meanwhile, if you are nearby or able to travel, it's well worth the time and money to attend!

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