Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A., grew up in Duquesne , Pennsylvania , and currently resides in Ithaca , New York . She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.
Lisa began writing creatively in the fourth grade with an assignment entitled, “All About Me,” and went on to win several English/Writing awards in high school and college.
Lisa has published articles in Ancestry Magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle , Family Tree Magazine , Genealogical Computing, Reunions Magazine, NGSNews Magazine, Reunions Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, FEEFHS Journal and Rocenka: Journal of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.
An avid genealogist for 26 years, Lisa currently teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars, and is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies.
Lisa is the author of ten books:
- The Family Tree Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy Guide.
- Three Slovak Women
- Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions
- Finding Your Slovak Ancestors
- Pittsburgh’s Immigrants
- Slovak Pittsburgh
- Sports Memories of Western Pennsylvania
- Cleveland Slovaks
- Writing Your Family Book (Heritage Productions).
Genealogical and Historical Society Memberships
- Carpatho-Rusyn Society
- Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
(Board of Directors 2006)
- Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies
(2nd Vice-President 2006-2007)
- Genealogical Speakers Guild
- Mifflin Township Historical Society (business sponsor)
- International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
- Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences (SVU)