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May I Introduce To You . . . Lorel Kapke


Lorel Kapke

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Lorel Kapke and her blog, Sort Your Story, described as “ . . . Genealogy Organizing Made Easy.”

How Lorel Got Started in Genealogy

Lorel’s mother and her Kentucky “CAMPBELL” cousin began doing research on their Coffey and Campbell family history when the family lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950’s.

“I used to love poring over the photographs and scrapbooks they compiled. Over the years I’ve lived in various parts of the United States and traveled to many places around the world, fascinated by the variety of cultures a family includes. Following my mother’s death in 1992, my father and I returned to Wisconsin for a family research visit in 1996. I began searching in earnest for the documents needed to tell my paternal family history. I hired a professional genealogist, Alice Wendt of Wisconsin, to guide me in these early searches. Alice provided me with numerous documents and records, and a fabulous compilation of the KAPKE, KOEPKE family tree.

In 2002, I returned to Neenah-Menasha, WI to research my mother’s maternal family and found my direct HOPFENSPERGER cousin. They sent the family compilation written in German, a gift never forgotten. Another research visit to Cedarburg, WI in 2006 was eventful as the Historical Society was moving to the Depot the day I arrived but Ruth Renz would insist on assisting with my research avoiding the piles of boxes around her feet! Many family Marriage cards with detailed information were found among her treasures!

After taking my first Beginning Genealogy workshop at the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, I was hooked! In 2003 I joined the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. From 2005 to 2007 I was the Society’s Program Chair. The following year I was President of the Society. I served again as Program Chair from 2009 to 2011. I find valuable information attending meetings that could not be replaced by on-line research. Not to mention meeting those who also feel the passion!”

Lorel’s Family and Her Blog

Lorel’s extended family, busy with their lives, is quite satisfied to receive family history photo booklets, cards, videos and self published books to enjoy and share with one another. “When the children grow older, I hope they catch the ‘researchers genealogical bug’ and begin their own blogs.”

Lorel’s Thought’s on Blogging

“My husband and extended family is very excited about the Sort Your Story blog written by Jennifer, as her love for history and genealogical knowledge is important to our shared community. My family, Jennifer and many clients approach Sort Your Story from the Windows environment; others from the Mac environment, I want to reach both communities in a clear, precise and friendly manner.

Creating the Sort Your Story product was just the beginning; offering assistance through a genealogical blog to convey the importance of the organizational process, sorting through the vast amounts of information that comes along with genealogy research, is key to the success of sharing one’s historical data with family, friends, and community.

What Lorel Loves Most About Genealogy

“I find organizing and digitizing the treasure trove of historical images, family photos, scrapbooks, letters, cards, and other fabulous materials most exciting and satisfying. The experience of creating cards and books from this material and sharing with others has been a joy.

Interviewing my soon-to-be 88-year-old father these past few years has been an added bonus. I LOVE the many tidbits of information he offers during our phone conversations.

Last but not least, I take extraordinary satisfaction in sharing genealogical stories with my local genealogical and historical society. Our monthly meetings are not only informative but inspire community involvement.”

Lorel’s Time Capsule Message

We are a nation of immigrants from every country around the globe, Researching our ancestors from a few hundred years or through DNA thousands of years ago, our stories share a common thread of human interconnection.

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Please take a moment to visit Lorel’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Lorel, it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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