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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.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 26 May 2010

Ignatz Trapschuh (see yesterday's "Tombstone Tuesday")
Maria Theresa Knoetgen & husband Ignatz Trapschuh (ca. 1861)


  1. Cool photographs! I love looking at old photographs, even when they are not my family!

  2. I love the old tyme photos! I remember looking at all the old photo's in granny's house with the old style of glass frames that bubble out. At least in these, they are kind of smiling! In most of the old photos, no one ever smiled!