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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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I have a To be Filed folder on my desktop. When I sit to watch TV I might work on that folder while watching a ballgame. I wonder what you do with the files you collected that "might" be a member of your family but you are not sure yet. When at the FHL I would make digital images of possible "same named" people.
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You could create a folder for those and either have that folder sort to the top (using an exclamation point at the front of the folder name) or to the bottom (using ZZ- or something similar at the front of it).
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Survey of Genealogy Activities
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another great task for us tonight. Here it is: 1)  Answer these questions in my survey about
your genealogy resources and usage: a)  Which genealogy
software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker,
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Fall Seminar - October 15, 2016 - John Philip Colletta
Our fall seminar is going to a great one: "Ancestors on the Move: Immigration and Naturalization." National speaker, John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. will be the speaker and his topics are: "Immigration to America, Colonial Times to Post-World War II: Where Do Y...
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I'll be there!
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun –– Male Ancestors Age at Death
Randy Seaver of Genea–Musing has another great adventure for
us. Our assignment is: 1) Review your Pedigree Chart (either on paper or in your
genealogy management software program) and determine the age at death of your male
ancestors back at least five gen...
Randy Seaver of Genea–Musing has another great adventure for us. Our assignment is: 1) Review your Pedigree Chart (either on paper or in your genealogy management software program) and determine the age at death of your ...
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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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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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I used to have fewer top-level folders. Then one day I couldn't move a folder from one place to another because Windows said the name was too long. I have since been removing all of the spaces with dashes or underscores to tidy up the file names. But I have have 52 files under My Documents.
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Thanks for sharing this Lisa - I need to follow this badly. In theory all we would need are those highest level structure if we let "technology" work for us but I am too much of a control freak and like my surname folders under genealogy files
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many "Mary LNU" Persons in Your Family Tree?
It's Saturday Night again - time for some more Genealogy
Fun!! Here is my assignment from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing : 1)  How many females
in my family tree database are without a last name? 2) How many "Mary" persons without a surname do I
have in my ge...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun –– Female Ancestors Age at Death
Randy Seaver of Genea–Musing has another great adventure for
us. Our assignment is: 1) Review your Pedigree Chart (either on paper or in your
genealogy management software program) and determine the age at death of your
female ancestors back at least five g...
Randy Seaver of Genea–Musing has another great adventure for us. Our assignment is: 1) Review your Pedigree Chart (either on paper or in your genealogy management software program) and determine the age at death of your f...
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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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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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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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Tagline
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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Martinez, California