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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.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 9 June 2010 - Dr. L. Roy Wilcox

Roy with parents Lee Alfred Wilcox and Pauline Elizabeth Miller, 25 Nov 1915, Chicago, Illinois

Roy with mother, Pauline Elizabeth Miller Wilcox, and maternal grandmother, Gertrude Miller; 16 Nov 1916, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. L. Roy Wilcox (8 June 1912 - 31 December 1999) - Belated happy birthday, Dad.


  1. Happy birthday to your dad and my mom! She was b. June 8th also, deceased this year in March.

  2. Really lovely group of photos! And a Happy Birthday wish, too!!

    (Check the date on the second photo though. Should be 1916, I think.) =^)


  3. Thanks, Regina ... serves me right for trying to post when I'm half asleep (hey, I seem to live half my life in the 1800s, so it's a predictable error!).
    Lisa, so sorry about your mom . . . mine's been gone since 1994 (this month) and I continue to miss her daily.

  4. Wonderful photos! I love his leggings in the top picture!