Lisa S. Gorrell, CG®

ProGen Member Overview

She has researched her children's ancestors for nearly 30 years, which covers most of the United States, England, Germany, and Sweden. She teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes at local genealogy societies and adult school. She enjoys teaching about genealogy and helping others get the most out of their genealogical studies and research.


She values continued education for improving skills. She has attended many genealogical institutes:
--Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) multiple times
--Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) three times
--Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR) twice
--Mid-west African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) once

She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences, a teaching credential, and a Train the Trainer certificate from Cal State University Hayward (now CSU East Bay).


Her research endeavors have covered most of the U.S. and parts of Europe. She has experience in a wide variety of record types from many localities that have helped solve many genealogical problems. Her specialty is 19th & 20th century research.

Publications & BLOGs

She has written several articles for the California Genealogical Society's Nugget and the Sacramento German Genealogy Society's Der Blumenbaum. She has also self-published a three-generation family history of my husband's Swedish immigrant family, Nilsen Family: From Jönköping to America.