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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where, oh where, has that little blog gone?

I know, I know . . . I have been lax in posting on the blog. Let me explain briefly: On Wednesday I got a phone call to serve as an expert genealogy witness (after all, I am a Board Certified genealogist, and one of very in the Southern Calif. area) in an upcoming trial. As you can well imagine, I have been up to my neck in materials to prepare for this unique experience; so much so that I have not even been able to sing a song or two! (OK, I did sing one on Monday night.) But this should all be behind me in a few days and I hope to get back into the swing of things. I promise that I will continue the NARA Postmaster lists in the weeks ahead, as well as enter some music experiences. Meanwhile, wish me luck (and, yes, I'll tell more about it once this episode of my life is behind me).

And while you're waiting, I have 2 articles that have been published in the latest Family Chronicle: One on doing genealogy with the aid of RV travel and the other on The Engineers of the Civil War. Check them out if you get a chance.


  1. Hope you find the court and interesting experience!!

  2. Awaiting court news and congrats on your latest articles :-)