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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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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Four Degrees of Ancestral Separation
This theme from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has a weekly fun post we can all join in. This week we're to find: "Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with four degrees of separation? That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew anothe...
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4th Anniversary!
I have been busy in Salt Lake City this week attending a course called "From Confusion to Conclusion," given by Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell. It's a course about writing proof summaries and proof arguments. It's been a great class so far with lots o...
I have been busy in Salt Lake City this week attending a course called "From Confusion to Conclusion," given by Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell. It's a course about writing proof summaries and proof arguments. It's been ...
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The building analogy really works for me without any visual necessary. I can see that building, brick by brick being built with indirect and direct evidence and some great analysis.
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Blog Caroling: Twelve Days of Christmas
The Christmas season would not begin until the Burl Ives "Twelve Days of Christmas" record was played. I cannot imagine anyone else singing that song. That record was played to death; literally. So I was saddened when I didn't have one to play to my girls. ...
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Yeah, but listening to vinyl is the best!
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The Bishop Family: A Petition to Partition in Ross County, Ohio
It's been a while since I posted. I am currently working on my husband's Bishop line. I found this notice in the Scioto Gazette , a newspaper published from 1835 to 1854 in
Chillicothe, Ohio, which is in Ross County. [1] Family names that were searched in t...
It's been a while since I posted. I am currently working on my husband's Bishop line. I found this notice in the Scioto Gazette, a newspaper published from 1835 to 1854 in Chillicothe, Ohio, which is in Ross County.[1] Famil...
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SNGF: Timelines
Randy Seaver over at Genea-musings has another assignment for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Tonight, it's to create a timeline for one our our ancestors. I used RootsMagic software to create my timeline of my second great-grandfather, Vincent Sievert. Becau...
Randy Seaver over at Genea-musings has another assignment for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Tonight, it's to create a timeline for one our our ancestors. I used RootsMagic software to create my timeline of my second great-gra...
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Interesting question. I checked my ancestry and found on my mother's side with the small families, it was easy to see I was the oldest great-grandchild. On my father's side, the large Catholic families made for many great-grandchildren. I also saw I did not know the vital records for many of them. Something to work on. I probably fall in the middle somewhere, while my youngest sister is probably the youngest great-grandchild. I sure enjoyed this exercise and have added much to the To-Do list.
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Sisters Sharing Birthdays: Bertha Marie & Claire Elizabeth Gorrell
On this day [1] two of my husband’s aunts were born: Bertha Marie Gorrell on 4 Jan 1904 [2] and Claire Elizabeth Gorrell on 4 Jan 1917. [3] Bertha was the oldest child of Joseph Norman Gorrell and Matilda Pearl Davey. [4] Claire was the youngest. [5] With s...
On this day[1] two of my husband’s aunts were born: Bertha Marie Gorrell on 4 Jan 1904[2] and Claire Elizabeth Gorrell on 4 Jan 1917.[3] Bertha was the oldest child of Joseph Norman Gorrell and Matilda Pearl Davey.[4] Claire ...
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On this day - December 25
I checked my genealogy database calendar and found the
following birthday and marriage anniversaries. I wondered how they celebrated
their birthdays and marriages on Christmas. Or was Christmas the more important
day? I always found it interesting that coup...
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Bishop Family: Petition for Partition, Part II
I found the newspaper item where Jacob Bishop requested
the partitioning of a piece of property in Huntington Township, Ross County,
Ohio, and listed all of the children and heirs of Henry Bishop and Catherine
Schreyer. [1]   You can find that post here . T...
I found the newspaper item where Jacob Bishop requested the partitioning of a piece of property in Huntington Township, Ross County, Ohio, and listed all of the children and heirs of Henry Bishop and Catherine Schreyer.[1]  Y...
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I think it was common for the registrar to see the front of the card. I think they often filled out the card and the registrant only signed the front of the card. It's possible that the registrar wrote the information after the registrant signed the card.
The instructions for these draft cards are probably online somewhere, but I'm not certain they would even answer the question I have.  The World War I draft card for Bertus Ufkes of Cassia County, Idaho, is typical of card...
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I'm inclined to think that myself, although I'm not certain. The back might have been a type of "for office use only" thing.
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Searching Ancestry for Free!
This past week, Ancestry.com had a wonderful article, "Ten Free Data Collections to Get You Started With Your Family History"  on their blog written by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, listing the databases that can be searched for free.  All you need to do is regi...
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Education
  • California State University, Hayward
    Biological Sciences, 1977
  • California State University, East Bay
    Teaching Credential, 1991
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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 Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society.  I also 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 love teaching and currently give presentations on Using City Directories, Beginning Genealogy, and Breaking Brick Walls Tips.
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Retired
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