I barely unpacked before it was time to pack up and head to the BYU Family History Conference in Provo, Utah. What a great experience! Wonderful folks and fabulous information. And, for a change, I actually sat in on some classes. No matter how much we seem to know, we can always learn more . . . and I did!
Both Gena and I have not been letting grass grow under our feet just because the vehicle has stopped: we are both involved in getting ready for SLIG in January. Gena will be doing a track on social research for genealogists. What an exciting change of pace! Not too many think about the addition of the lifestyles and interests of our ancestors when they consider studying their deceased kin, but this track should give a new perspective on this part of family history. I'll be doing some classes on analyzing family stories, understanding ancestors' involvement in music, and other aspects of the personal lives that breathe life into the people who paved the way for us.
So if you missed catching us on our tour, do consider coming to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January and we will look forward to seeing you there.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
No Rest for the Weary - or the Busy
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.