The Applied Genealogy Institute founders bring a high level of experience in participation in institutes and practicums–virtual and in person. All are experienced lecturers and course content developers. All firmly believe in the basic tenets of AppGen– small classes, high degree of interaction, practical problems and time to resolve them.
Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005. She was credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2019. Mary has written for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine, FGS Forum, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy and numerous society publications.
Lisa S. Gorrell, CG has been researching for over 30 years. Her specialties include southern states and Texas; western states of California, Montana, and Oregon; 18th & 19th century German research, and 18th & 19th century Swedish research. Her German language capability is intermediate. She is the former recording secretary for California Genealogical Society & Library, and past president for Contra Costa County Genealogical Society. She has a regular column in CGS’s California Nugget, has written for Der Blumenbaum, and writes two family blogs, My Trails Into the Past and Mam-ma’s Southern Family. She lectures locally and teaches all levels of genealogy research at the local adult school. She is currently a board member and volunteer at Contra Costa County Historical Society History Center in Martinez.
Jill Morelli, CG is a writer, lecturer and researcher specializing in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany. She lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. Jill has been successfully published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group, sharing her journey and demystifying the process of submission of a portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, and belongs to many local genealogical societies.
CG and Certified Genealogist are registered certification marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic competency evaluations.