Meet the Instructors for AppGen 2023 Spring

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. 

Michelle Bates: Criminal Records
Michelle is a professional genealogist who has integrated her experience, skills, education, and thirty years of genealogy research experience with her love of true crime to create a unique course experience focused on researching criminal ancestors. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Genealogy Certificate program, ProGen 52, and GenProof 59 and has attended institute courses at AppGen, SLIG, and GRIP. Michelle started her research business, My Genealogy Roots, in 2019 and focuses on family research and probate heirship cases. In 2021, she started The Criminal Genealogist Podcast which focuses on criminal ancestors. Volunteering is a must for Michelle so she is currently the Marketing Manager/FB Community Manager for SLIG and a Chapter & SIG Review Committee member for Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). 

Jill Morelli, CG: Just Do It! Self-Publishing Your Family History
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.

Kathryn Lake Hogan: Ontario: Research in the Trillium Province
Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist who educates people on how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors. A native of Ontario, Canada, Kathryn has deep roots in Canada through four ancestral Loyalist lines and ancestry in New England, England, and Wales. 
Kathryn has presented in-person and virtually at genealogy society meetings, regional workshops, national conferences and research institutes throughout Canada and USA. Giving back to the genealogy community is essential to Kathryn; she has served as a volunteer with the Association of Professional Genealogists and the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada. Currently, Kathryn is volunteering as a Director-at-Large with The Ontario Genealogical Society. She was the co-chair of the Ontario Ancestors 2021 Virtual Conference.
Kathryn is furthering her genealogical education by pursuing accreditation with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGEN) with a specialty in Ontario research.

Lisa S. Gorrell, CG: Records After Death: Wills, Probate & the Process
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.