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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stones, Bones, & Ancient Tomes and the Music of Our Ancestors

Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 17) we (Butch & I) will be hosting a table at the Corona Genealogical Society's "Stones, Bones, & Ancient Tomes." This is an event to introduce the community to genealogy & how to do family history research. We will have a number of tables to help people with doing research for their Hispanic, Jewish, African American, and Native American ancestors; using DNA to find ancestors; archiving ancestral photos with scrapbooking and photo restoration experts; learning about researching Revolutionary War ancestors with DAR representation; what to expect in the 2010 Census; and consultants to assist with one-on-one research help. Butch & I will be presenting Music & Our Ancestors in our display of period instruments with occasional demonstrations, as we've done at some of the Family History Expos in Utah and Colorado.

To learn more about this event at the Corona Public Library, 650 S. Main St., Corona, CA, check the Website. And if you live in the Inland Empire, come on over between 10 am and 4 pm to check out the event in person. There will be door prizes given away throughout the day and classes to help folks learn about getting started in family history research and use the local resources of the Family History Center, the Corona Genealogical Society, and the Corona Public Library. Be sure to stop by the Music table to say "hi" and maybe sing along with a song of your ancestors. (CDs will be available for purchase.)

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