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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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

St. George Family History Expo Countdown - 2 weeks

Only 2 weeks and genealogists from all over the country will be converging on St. George for the Family History Expo. As at the Mesa Expo last month, I will be accompanied by a couple of friends who are expert at translating German (current or from centuries ago) and they will be there to assist people in understanding documents, letters, or other German records.While they can only do short things at the Expo for free, they will be able to take longer documents with them to do later and then email them to folks wishing their service. Their rates are reasonable and their skill and thoroughness is amazing! If they aren't at the "ask the pros" table, find us over at the Blog House.

Links for the Expo are on previous blogs (my computer, with all my graphics, etc, is at the computer hospital so I am writing this on my husband's baby computer with its keyboard that is missing three keys - good thing I learned the "touch system" in typing class in Junior High).

Hope to see you in St. George and tell your friends!

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