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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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 1 June 2010, Jessie Caldwell, d: 31 May 1926

My first cousin, 3 times removed -
b: 22 November 1864, Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan
(md: John F. DUNCKEL);
d: 31 May 1926 (84 years ago yesterday), Springfield, Greene, Missouri;
buried: Section N, Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Jessie's mother was my great-great-grandfather's sister; both were members of the Three Rivers DAR through our mutual ancestor, Johann George Youker, Revolutionary War Soldier and my g-g-g-g-grandfather.

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