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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.

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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