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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.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Dominoes

We still use this set of dominoes . . . but have transferred them to another container to preserve the box. I love the graphics from this set, which has been in the family for close to 100 years!


  1. Jean:

    Double 9's - very nice! One most love the wooden pieces of yesteryear. I have my grandmothers set purchased in New Hampshire in the the 1880's. This set was purchased by my great grandmother and arrived to me through my grandmother born in 1896. The box is wooden and treasured!

    Enjoy your Thursday, thank you for the post, I believe a little "game on" is in order.

    All my best,


  2. Enjoyed this post. These are very nice and especially so because of the box.

    We have some of those old dominoes but alas the box did not survive.