Lisa A. Alzo

P.O. Box 3943
Ithaca, New York 14852

Phone: (607) 592-5680


Contact between 09:00 am to 06:00 pm Eastern Time


Recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize, Association for Women in Slavic Studies Honorable Mention
2004 Write Your Memoir Contest Third Prize "The Family Tree" Newsletter Contest
June/July 2004 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Honorable Mention


Eastern European Research (esp. Slovak)
Writing Your Family History
Finding Your Female Ancestors
Immigrant Cluster Communities
Genealogy on the Internet/Genealogy & Technology
Specialty Research (Ellis Island, 1930 Census)
Organizational Techniques


  • Confessions of a Genealogist
  • Write Your Family History Step by Step
  • Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
  • Researching Your Roots in the 21st Century
  • The Evidence: Following Online Clues to Solve your Family History Mysteries
  • 20th Century Desperate Housewives
  • Virtual Reunion: Connect Your Family Online
  • Crossing the Pond: Techniques for Finding Your Elusive Eastern European Ancestors
  • Demystifying Eastern European Research
  • Find Your Slovak Roots Online
  • Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy
  • The "A" Article: Writing for Genealogy Magazines
  • Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors in the Ellis Island Database
  • Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors
  • Three Slovak Women: Telling the Story of One Slovak-American Family Using Oral & Social History
  • 365 Ways to Discover Your Family History
  • Identifying Immigrant Cluster Communities

  • Speaking Conditions:

    Will Supply Laptop and Multimedia Projector
    Lisa's books are available for purchase at her lectures
    Will develop new lectures upon request
    Will travel to some U.S. locations; contact for particulars
    Audio/video taping negotiable
    No home housing, please

    Previous Engagements:

    Family History Expos (Mesa, Loveland, Kansas City, Salt Lake City)2010
    Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Gene-o-Rama, 2010
    Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, 2009
    Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, 2009


    Lisa Alzo, M.F.A., grew up in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Ithaca, New York. She has been working on her genealogy for 20 years, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa is the author of: Three Slovak Women (Gateway Press), Baba's Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes & Traditions (Gateway Press), Finding Your Slovak Ancestors and Writing Your Family History Book (Heritage Productions),Pittsburgh's Immigrants,Slovak Pittsburgh, Sports Memories of Western Pennsylvania, Cleveland Czechs and Cleveland Slovaks (Arcadia Publishing), as well as numerous magazine articles. She is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies.

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