Tacoma-Pierce County
Genealogical Society

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

2021 Virtual Spring Seminar

24 April 2021

Genealogical Journeys

Our Speakers will be Jill Morelli and Linda Harms Okazaki.

Jill Morelli

Jill Morelli, CG, is a writer, lecturer and researcher specializing in the US Midwest, Scandinavia, and northern Germany, who loves to share her passion for family history. She lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology and conducts workshops on writing, and Scandinavian records. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group, sharing her journey and that of others to build and submit a successful portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, which now has over 450 alumni. She also teaches an online workshop on "Write As You Go," a methodology for efficient and accurate research report writing. Jill has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and is working on one about her grandfather's bank failure in the 1930s. Jill is program chair for the Puget Sound-Association for Professional Genealogists, past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, and belongs to many local and national genealogical societies. Her blog may be found at Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal

Jill's topics:



Linda Harms Okazaki

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian, active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond. She is passionate about teaching people to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Her other areas of research include upstate New York, England, and Australia, as well as the use of DNA in genealogy. Linda has been researching her husband's ancestry since 2012, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. A charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, a research consultant for Ancestry.com's Progenealogists and Densho.org, she is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Her column, Finding Your Nikkei Roots, is published bimonthly. She is a member of numerous Japanese American organizations, as well as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker's Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Linda currently serves as the past president of the California Genealogical Society and as a board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation. Ms. Okazaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Education. You may find her blog at LindasOrchard.com.

Linda's Topics:


The lectures will be recorded and all registrants will be able to view the recordings for 30 days afterwards.


Door Prizes:

All attendees will be eligible for Door Prizes. Must be present to win.
All paid attendees will receive a coupon code to use at HQRL.



Emcee and Virtual Meeting Host

Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndislist.com will act as Emcee and Virtual Meeting Host.
Detailed emails will be sent after registration.



Mail-in registration must be postmarked by April 17, 2021.
Online Registration closes on April 20, 2021.
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