About Lorel

Sort Your Story Founder Lorel KapkeWelcome to Sort Your Story!

I created Sort Your Story from my own passion for telling family histories, and to give others with a passion for genealogy an easy way to tell their own stories.

I credit my mother and her Kentucky cousin for lighting the spark. They began doing research of our family’s history when my family lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s. 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. The two questions I’ve always carried with me are:

  • Where does my family history fit in?
  • Who were my ancestors and what stories do their lives tell that brought me to where I am today?

Following my mother’s death in 1992, my father and I returned to Wisconsin for a family research visit. 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, which fed the fire.

I needed to know more, so I continued to travel from California to Wisconsin in search of more information. I was fortunate to find cousins who sent me a compilation of my maternal family history written in German.

Through the years my husband, Dick Akio Morisawa, has traveled with me to Cedarburg, Wisconsin to research my paternal family history, and has supported my multiple trips to Salt Lake City to further my research at the Family History Library.

In 2003 I joined the Sonoma County Genealogy Society. From 2005 to 2007 I was the Society’s Program Chair. From 2007 To 2008 I was President of the Society. I returned to once again be the Program Chair from 2009 to 2010.

These experiences have made me keenly aware of the big problems both professional and amateur genealogists face when doing this research:

• What do we do with the amount of information we have gathered, the diverse puzzle pieces of someone’s life?

• How do we assemble the pieces into a clear visual story to share with others while using contemporary technology?

To assist in this process I have created Sort Your Story. I am familiar with the other methods that are available, and I know the complexity of putting together the pieces of the puzzle.  I created Sort Your Story to make what could be an overwhelming task both EASY and FUN!

Please watch my video tutorials where I illustrate the process with my own family, and see how the story of your family can come alive by using Sort Your Story. Then, download Sort Your Story to begin a new phase in helping your family’s story come to life!


Lorel Kapke

Founder, Sort Your Story

© 2011 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413


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