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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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Oh how sad. Wonderful story of the dresser!
How many of you have family history recorded by an ancestor on a piece of furniture? I can cross this off my bucket list of "great records that only OTHER people seem to find." The photo is of the bottom of a dresser dr...
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I should have entitled the post "The Family in the Dresser Drawer." Probably would have attracted more people to read it.
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your "Other" Life
For this week's
mission, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has challenged us to:  1)  Tell us
about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and
family history research, writing, speaking, etc.  Be mindful of your
family's privacy, though! 2) Write...
For this week's mission, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has challenged us to: 1) Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc. Be mindful of your f...
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Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston Zilpha was the second wife of my great grandfather, Thomas
N. Johnston. They marri...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston Zilpha was the second wife of my great gra...
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W is for William Joseph Hork
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. W is for William Joseph Hork William Joseph Hork was born 23 April 1930, just days after
the 1930 census, so he wasn’t...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. W is for William Joseph Hork William Joseph Hork was born 23 April 1930, just da...
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U is for Urselle Hork
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. U is for Urselle Hork Urselle Clementine Hork was my paternal grandfather’s
sister. She was born 23 March 1892 in Port...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. U is for Urselle Hork Urselle Clementine Hork was my paternal grandfather’s sist...
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T is for Tom J. Johnston Jr.
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the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. T is for Tom J. Johnston Jr. Tom J. Johnston Jr. was my grandfather. He was born in
Gustine, Comanche Co., Texas to Th...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. T is for Tom J. Johnston Jr. Tom J. Johnston Jr. was my grandfather. He was born...
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So happy to learn about the Draper Collection. Thanks!
I am a panelist in the ESM QuickLessons study group. We are now at lesson #7. All of my homework for the previous sessions are on Google Docs. I decided to start posting my homework here on my blog so everyone has access t...
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Saturday (Sunday Afternoon) Night Genealogy Fun - Lifespans
Your mission, should
you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 1)  We each
have 16 great-great grandparents.  How did their birth and death years
vary?  How long were their lifespans? 2)  For this week, please list your 16 great-gre...
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 1) We each have 16 great-great grandparents. How did their birth and death years vary? How long were their lifespans? 2) For this wee...
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Y is for Elizabeth Young
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. Y is for Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young was my 4th great-grandmother. She married
Dempsey Welch on 21 Jan 1821 in Cla...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. Y is for Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young was my 4th great-grandmother. She marri...
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V is for Virginia Anne Hork
I am participating in
the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts
featuring each letter of the alphabet. My dear Aunt Virginia passed away this past week so I
changed the focus on my V ancestor to honor Virginia. My Dad's t...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. My dear Aunt Virginia passed away this past week so I changed the focus on my V an...
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Share Your Childhood Memories
Randy Seaver has a great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post
for us to do from his blog Genea-Musings . 1)  Judy Russell asked
six questions in her Keynote address at RootsTech 2014 to determine if audience
members knew certain family stories about their pare...
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S is for Sullivan Sisters
I am participating in
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featuring each letter of the alphabet. S is for Sullivan
Sisters Five daughters were born to John H. Sullivan and Anna Marie
Gleeson. The first two were born...
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet. S is for Sullivan Sisters Five daughters were born to John H. Sullivan and Anna...
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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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Currently
Martinez, California