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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.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Countdown to St. George Family History Expo - 4 Weeks

It is hard to believe that only 4 weeks from now I will be rejoining many of my genealogy pals in St. George, Utah for the 5th year (of their 7 years doing this). The new website for the organization can be enjoyed by clicking the logo above.

To learn what is happening throughout the event, click on the logo below, but for those who are accompanying their genealogist family members but are not interested in family history research themselves, see further down for some ideas of what to do in the St. George area.

Inside the Dixie Convention Center is a most amazing museum! The address of the conference center is 1835 Convention Center Dr., St. George, Utah 84790. The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum gives us all a reminder of the fragile nature of our world. As you walk through the museum it is as though you will be experiencing the different parts of nature first hand. An interactive children's section will be of particular interest to the young people in your family. There is also a wonderful gift shop where books, photos, games, and other educational items can be purchased to allow the experience of the Rosenbruch museum to continue long after the weekend is over.

For those looking for a change of scenery, a hike, or an opportunity to get away from the city, Zion National Park is about 40 miles from St. George. The weather may be a little cold yet there, but the park is a great place to enjoy nature, no matter what the climate.

Check with the St. George Visitors' Website to find more things to keep people busy even if they are not genealogists. So bring the family with you, enjoy the atmosphere and the less harsh winter weather than much of the country will be experiencing, and experience a fabulous genealogical event. More on that last in the weeks to come.

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