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Lisa Gorrell
Worked at Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Attended California State University, Hayward
Lives in Martinez, California
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Congratulations, True! I am so happy for you.
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+Lisa Gorrell Thank You. So much thankfulness for my MWM Community! Happy Trail Time!
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Better a little late. This is my blog's 5th Anniversary which started in 2011. I'm busy this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and completely forgot about the anniversary! However, I am learning a lot about records for women a...
Better a little late. This is my blog's 5th Anniversary which started in 2011. I'm busy this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and completely forgot about the anniversary! However, I am learning...
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When was Lela Ann Loveless Lancaster born? A QuickLesson13 Example
I am participating as a panelist in the DearMyrtle study group, studying Elizabeth Shown Mills' QuickLessons.* This week is QuickLesson 13: Classes of Evidence--Direct, Indirect, & Negative. Since I am writing about my grandmother's mother, I felt I should ...
I am participating as a panelist in the DearMyrtle study group, studying Elizabeth Shown Mills' QuickLessons.* This week is QuickLesson 13: Classes of Evidence--Direct, Indirect, & Negative. Since I am writing about my grandm...
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Oh how sad. Wonderful story of the dresser!
How many of you have family history recorded by an ancestor on a piece of furniture? I can cross this off my bucket list of "great records that only OTHER people seem to find." The photo is of the bottom of a dresser dr...
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I should have entitled the post "The Family in the Dresser Drawer." Probably would have attracted more people to read it.
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your "Other" Life
For this week's
mission, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has challenged us to:  1)  Tell us
about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and
family history research, writing, speaking, etc.  Be mindful of your
family's privacy, though! 2) Write...
For this week's mission, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has challenged us to: 1) Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc. Be mindful of your f...
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Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston Zilpha was the second wife of my great grandfather, Thomas
N. Johnston. They marri...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston Zilpha was the second wife of my great gra...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestor With Most Census Entries
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing , has another great SNGF: Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Census records? How many years? A...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were Your Ancestors 150 Years Ago?
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, has a wonderful meme called Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Mostly I get to it on Sunday morning. My mission is to: 1) Determine where my ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 - 150 years ago. 2) List my ancestors, their fam...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Three Stories for Father's Day
Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is timely. We’re writing about our father’s for Father’s Day. Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is: 1) Sunday, 19 June, is Father's Day. Let's celebrate by writing ...
Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is timely. We’re writing about our father’s for Father’s Day. Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is: 1) Sunday, 19 June, is Father's ...
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So happy to learn about the Draper Collection. Thanks!
I am a panelist in the ESM QuickLessons study group. We are now at lesson #7. All of my homework for the previous sessions are on Google Docs. I decided to start posting my homework here on my blog so everyone has access t...
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Saturday (Sunday Afternoon) Night Genealogy Fun - Lifespans
Your mission, should
you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 1)  We each
have 16 great-great grandparents.  How did their birth and death years
vary?  How long were their lifespans? 2)  For this week, please list your 16 great-gre...
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 1) We each have 16 great-great grandparents. How did their birth and death years vary? How long were their lifespans? 2) For this wee...
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Y is for Elizabeth Young
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. Y is for Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young was my 4th great-grandmother. She married
Dempsey Welch on 21 Jan 1821 in Cla...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. Y is for Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young was my 4th great-grandmother. She marri...
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Education
  • California State University, Hayward
    Biological Sciences, 1977
  • California State University, East Bay
    Teaching Credential, 1991
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Gender
Female
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Genealogist, Blogger
Introduction
I currently research my own family. I became interested in researching my family when I was pregnant with my first child. I had always liked hearing the stories told by my elderly aunts but never thought about the continuity until my daughters were born. Now I wished I had taped those stories! Now that I'm retired, I'm spending much more time working on my families and now plan to write about my adventures into the past.

I am currently on the board of directors for two societies: Contra Costa County Historical Society and the California Genealogical Society, and past president of the Contra Costa County Genealogy Society.  I volunteer with the Contra Costa County Historical Society.

I love working with the environment, volunteering with the California Phenology Project through the John Muir National Park, and planting native gardens with the Friends of Alhambra Creek and the New Leaf Collaborative (a part of the Martinez Unified School District). I am part of the California Phenology Program with California Audubon by volunteering with the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.

I love teaching and currently give presentations on Using City Directories, Beginning Genealogy, and Breaking Brick Walls Tips.
Work
Occupation
Genealogist
Skills
Researching and teaching
Employment
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District
    Employee Development Specialist, 1996 - 2010
    Trained BART train operators
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District
    Train Operator, 1978 - 1996
    Operated BART trains
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Currently
Martinez, California