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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.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Irene TRAPSCHUH was my first cousin, twice removed. Because of a divorce, her part of the family lost contact with my part of the family.
Irene was the daughter of Heinrich (Henry) Ignatz TRAPSCHUH and Margaretha (May) LORENTZEN, b: 14 April 1884, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; d: 6 October 1900, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (109 years ago today); buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee. She was 16.

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