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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 - Survey of Genealogy Activities
It's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has a great one. Here is my assignment: 1)  Answer
these questions in my survey about your genealogy resources and usage: a)
 Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use ...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette!
Another great activity created by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings to help us share something about our families in our blog. 1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 75 and round the number off to a whole number. This is yo...
Another great activity created by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings to help us share something about our families in our blog. 1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 75 and round the number o...
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Small County Courthouses & Records: Researching My Loveless Family in Faulkner County, Arkansas
I just love visiting and researching in small towns and
counties. This past month I had the chance to conduct research in
Conway, which is the county seat for Faulkner County in Arkansas. The total population
for the county is 113,237 and Conway is the larg...
I just love visiting and researching in small towns and counties. This past month I had the chance to conduct research in Conway, which is the county seat for Faulkner County in Arkansas. The total population for the coun...
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I was thrilled and excited to help out and be a part of your Arkansas adventure!
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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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Lisa, I'm on the board for Oak Grove Cemetery and just answered your email.  Would be happy to meet you out there and help locate your relatives' headstones.
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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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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestor With Most Census Entries
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another wonderful Saturday Night assignment: 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 recor...
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Try Out "Ancestry Academy"
There’s a new feature on Ancestry.com called “ Ancestry Academy .”   There are quite a few courses you can take on
a variety of genealogy subjects. Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings wrote a great
blog post about it here . I decided to take a test drive and went...
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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Follow Friday: Evidence Explained Quick Tip "How to Solve a Research Problem"
Are you ready to take your research from the beginner's stage? Here is a tip from the Evidence Explained website "Quick Tips" written by Elizabeth Shown Mills, entitled "How to Solve a Research Problem." There are just 5 steps or rather axioms when conducti...
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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...
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Yes,I have. Like the States that allowed Women to own the property. 1860's
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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
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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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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