Trish Hackett Nicola, CG®, has been working with the Chinese Exclusion Act files at the National Archives at Seattle as a volunteer for over eighteen years. Although she didn’t intend to, she fell in love with the records almost immediately. Trish enjoys getting a window into the lives of the Chinese immigrants and their families, working with original documents, seeing the photos (especially the kids) and learning the ins and outs of the history of the Act. She has written several articles and given many lectures on the Act. She writes a blog that highlights compelling case files. Trish has been certified since 2000, served on the APG Board of Directors for six years, and as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund. One of her research articles was recently published in National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She is also a history nerd and concentrates on the Pacific Northwest and anything Irish.