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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 -- Two Degrees of Separation
Here is our assignment: 1) Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation? That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor." When was that second ancestor born? 2) Tell us about it in a blog post o...
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Happy Blogiversary - January 15
On this day, it's been exactly 5 years since I started this blog. I attended a class taught by Craig Siulinski at the California Genealogical Society. He gave us step-by-step instructions on how to set up a new blog on Blogger. There were several other stud...
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My Grandfather, William Cyril Hork, Worked on the Railroad: Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files
A new (to me) database is on Ancestry.com called “U.S., Northern
Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963.”  I was pretty excited because until this point,
I have had no direct ancestors who worked for the railroad. I’ve been a huge
railfan most o...
A new (to me) database is on Ancestry.com called “U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963.” I was pretty excited because until this point, I have had no direct ancestors who worked for the railroad...
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On this Day – The Marriage of Dempsey P. Welch and Ann Jemima Coor
On 16 November 1847, Dempsey P. Welch and Ann Jemima Coor
were married. [1]   Two days earlier, Dempsey, along with D.K. Coor, his surety,
applied for the marriage bond. D.K. Coor was probably Daniel K. Coor, Ann’s older
brother. Their ages were not listed,...
On 16 November 1847, Dempsey P. Welch and Ann Jemima Coor were married.[1] Two days earlier, Dempsey, along with D.K. Coor, his surety, applied for the marriage bond. D.K. Coor was probably Daniel K. Coor, Ann’s older br...
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On the Day: Thomas W. Jones born 15 November 1883
This is a story of a short life. Thomas W. Jones was born probably in Hill County, Texas on
15 November 1883. [1] His parents were Thomas W. Jones and Nancy A. Huff. His grandparents were Benjamin
W. Jones and Amanda A. Haley, my third great-grandparents. S...
This is a story of a short life. Thomas W. Jones was born probably in Hill County, Texas on 15 November 1883.[1] His parents were Thomas W. Jones and Nancy A. Huff. His grandparents were Benjamin W. Jones and Amanda A. Ha...
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On This Day – Birth of Eliza Kirby 12 Nov 1876
Eliza Kirby was born in Faulkner County, Arkansas on 12
November 1876 to Robert R. Kirby and Sarah Cathrine Howard. [1] She had two brothers and four sisters; all four sisters died in infancy. In
1880, the family was living in Hardin Township in Faulkner Co...
Eliza Kirby was born in Faulkner County, Arkansas on 12 November 1876 to Robert R. Kirby and Sarah Cathrine Howard.[1] She had two brothers and four sisters; all four sisters died in infancy. In 1880, the family was living in...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Computer History
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new assignment this week: What is your computer history - what have you
used, when did you get it, what did you do on it, etc. I started with computers at California State University,
Hayward by taking a computer class giv...
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new assignment this week: What is your computer history - what have you used, when did you get it, what did you do on it, etc. I started with computers at California State University, Ha...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2016 Genealogy Education Plans
It's another great assignment from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing . Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the
Mission Impossible! music) is to: 1) What are your genealogy education plans for 2016?  Local society meetings or seminars?  Regional or ...
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Such a wonderful story and happy memories. The tie purse is really a kick--love it!  Merry Christmas to you!
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your Most Recent Immigrant Ancestor?
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new assignment for us. 1) Who is your most recent immigrant ancestor?  I'm assuming that your ancestors moved from
one country to another at some point in time. 2)  Tell us about that
person - name, birth and death, emigra...
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new assignment for us. 1) Who is your most recent immigrant ancestor? I'm assuming that your ancestors moved from one country to another at some point in time. 2) Tell us about that...
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On this Day – Marriage of Carl Johan Eriksson & Stina Maja Samuelsdotter, 13 Nov 1863
On 13 November 1863 in Tidersrum, Ostergotland, Sweden, Carl
Johan Ericksson and Stina Maja Samuelsdotter were married. [1] Tidersrum, Östergötland,  1863, pg 29, no. 5, Erickson-Samuelsdotter They were my daughters’ paternal third great-grandparents.
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Ancestors Who Served - Veteran's Day
Today is November 11, a day we honor veterans who served in
the Armed Forces. I do not have many direct ancestors who were veterans, but I still
want to honor those who were. This list includes those ancestors of my husband
(in blue) and mine (in red). Worl...
Today is November 11, a day we honor veterans who served in the Armed Forces. I do not have many direct ancestors who were veterans, but I still want to honor those who were. This list includes those ancestors of my husband (...
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In her circles
255 people
Have her in circles
283 people
Janice Sellers's profile photo
Adams Scott's profile photo
Renee Malone's profile photo
Jacques Perron's profile photo
Hailey Simpson's profile photo
Henry Snyder's profile photo
n'dri joel konan's profile photo
Tim Cox's profile photo
BART Idiot Hall of Fame's profile photo
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 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