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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.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Countdown to Jamboree, Burbank, CA


In 5 weeks, I will be deeply involved in the Southern California Genealogical Society's 41st Annual Jamboree - a time when genealogists from all over the country will converge on Burbank, CA en masse, bringing with them enthusiasm and expertise. Highlights will include the Bloggers' Summit on Saturday Morning, hosted by Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers, who will guide experienced & novice bloggers in how to best adapt their efforts to the genealogy world.

The biggest problem with the Jamboree: there's too much good stuff happening at the same time. I have no idea how folks are going to decide what things to attend or do and what things to forsake. I know that I will be spending a lot of time in the exhibit hall (free for everyone, even those not registered for the conference), helping at the Southern Calif. Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists booth. Stop by to say "hi" if you are attending the event.

Click on the image at the top to learn more about the schedule of events.

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