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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.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - 24 December 2009

In about 1939, my mother created her own Christmas cards by taking a photo of the family nativity set (placed in the fireplace that was never used for an actual fire!). I have, not only some of those original cards, but the figurines shown here (most looking nowhere near as bright and shiny after over 70 years of use). They are still treasures to me and pulled out almost every year (though I had to replace baby Jesus' head, which met an unfortunate accident ... a Lego figure head fits perfectly!).

Merry Christmas, all!

1 comment:

  1. This truly is a treasure. I would love to see the Christmas cards!


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