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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.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Countdown to Mesa, AZ Expo, 22-23 Jan 2010, It's NOW!

At Mesa. And, with all this rain, many who arrived by ark, are finding warmth and dry in this convention center. We drove down on Wednesday to try to out-run the storm (we did, but then the next one caught up to us). The dogs aren't thrilled, but it's "vacation" and that word means something exciting to them (at least they jump all over when we say it).

We've already done a couple of mini-concerts. If you are here, stop by booth #11 and say HI and let's talk about ancestors & music. Tomorrow (Sat) we'll be doing our "To Zion in Song" program. It's going to be a busy weekend ... the rain may dampen our clothes, but not our spirits!


  1. I am missing it!!!! Darn! I really need a four wheel drive!

  2. I've enjoyed your music in the exhibit hall. Great entertainment and history to boot.