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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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Road Trip to Arkansas
I'm planning a road trip to Arkansas, specifically Faulkner County and Little Rock, to do some genealogy research on my grandmother's Loveless line. Places I plan to visit: Ouachita Baptist University, Special Collections, in the Riley-Hickingbotham Library...
I'm planning a road trip to Arkansas, specifically Faulkner County and Little Rock, to do some genealogy research on my grandmother's Loveless line. Places I plan to visit: Ouachita Baptist University, Special Collections, ...
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It's a bit nerve-wrecking, too. I'm so afraid I'll miss some great resource. Glad my husband is willing to do this.
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date Your Grandmother Was Born
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing blog, has challenged us again. For this week's mission, we were challenged to: What day of the week was your Grandmother born (either one)?
Tell us how you found out. What event was a headline in the newspapers on that
date?  Te...
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing blog, has challenged us again. For this week's mission, we were challenged to: What day of the week was your Grandmother born (either one)? Tell us how you found out. What event was a headline ...
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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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Hi Sherry. You could check out the Contra Costa County Historical Society at their website www.cocohistory.com. Do you know the city or town he lived in? There might be a local historical society that could have info as well.
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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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Are You Using Land Records?
Are you using land records? Why not? Because you find them dry and boring? Well there can be a lot of information you can find from land records. They can help you place your ancestor in a time and place. You might be able to connect your ancestor to his fa...
Welcome to the CCCGS blog. The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our ...
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On this day: Birth of Ira S. Hutson (10 Mar 1894)
Today’s ancestor, Ira S. Hutson, was my 1st cousin 3 times
removed. Our common ancestor is Robert Hutson (1821-??), who is my third great
grandfather. I descend through the son, Peter H. Hutson, while Ira descended
through the son, Richard A. Hutson. Ira's ...
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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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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.
Work
Occupation
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