Meet the Instructors for AppGen 2022 (Fall)

KB Barcomb, Advanced U.S. Military Records & Research: World War One
KB specializes in conducting WWI and WWII research through the lens of family history. She focuses on understanding military records within the context of war-related legislation, policies, and events so as to gain shareable insights into accurately and thoroughly analyzing their content. She has conducted military research at NARA II, NARA-Atlanta, the US Army Heritage & Education Center, the Air Force Historical Research Agency, plus various state and university archives. She is a retired U.S. Army officer with over twenty years of active-duty service and is the daughter of WWII veterans. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Society for Military History.

Leah Larkin, Ph.D.: Applied Genetic Genealogy
Leah earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study species relationships. She previously worked in both academia and scientific publishing and now applies those research skills to solving genealogical questions using DNA. She blogs at and is the co-creator of the revolutionary What Are the Odds? tool at DNA Painter. She has spoken at RootsTech, SCGS Jamboree, i4GG, and regional societies. In addition to taking private clients, she is currently working on strategies and tools for dealing with endogamy. 

Lisa S. Gorrell, CG: Foundations 2: Focus on Improving Research Skills & Reporting
Lisa is a co-founder of Applied Genealogy Institute and specializes in the southern states and Texas; the western states of California, Montana, and Oregon; and 18th & 19th century German and Swedish research. 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. 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.

Mary Roddy, CG: Lost and Overwhelmed by AncestryDNA – Sorting, Organizing and Using Results to Grow Your Family Tree
Mary 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.

Sandra Rumble: They Marched from Boys to Men: Nineteenth Century Military Research
Sandra Rumble is a professional genealogist specializing in research for lineage society applications and record retrieval services at the National Archives (DC) and Mid-Atlantic archives. Sandy extended her corporate world teaching skills to genealogy, speaking at genealogical institutes, conferences, historical and genealogical societies, and DAR Chapters. As a course coordinator for GRIP, Sandy coordinated “Documentation for Lineage Societies” and co-coordinated “Answering the Call of Uncle Sam,” an exploration of 18th & 19th-century American military records.

Marie Palmer: Using Google Earth Pro to Enhance and Share Your Research
Marie is a professional genealogist and educator who combines skills gained from her work as a librarian, teacher, and computer engineer to deliver in-depth research, engaging family stories, and education. She has over twenty years of experience teaching both in-person and online and enjoys applying technology to genealogical research. Marie is an award-winning author and has published internationally. Most recently, she worked as a project manager with Legacy Tree Genealogists.

Jill Morelli, CG: Write As You Research! A Methodology for Efficient Research Report Writing
Jill is a founder of Applied Genealogy Institute and the Certification Discussion Group, both online educational opportunities for the intermediate to advanced genealogist. She specializes in Scandinavian research and the US Midwest and has authored many articles for Swedish American Genealogist, National Genealogical Society Quarterly and other national and regional genealogical journals. While she no longer takes clients, she writes and lectures nationally and is noted for advancing the skill levels of all genealogists, wherever their starting point.