Blog Highlight: Roots Revealed

Melvin Collier has provided an outstanding outline of why Cluster genealogy research is important and critical. He mentions the FAN principle as well, which was developed by Elizabeth S. MilIs. We also applaud him for the work he is doing and sharing. Doing cluster research allows you to go deep down the lines of a family. It helps build evidence that you need to solve those genealogy brick walls.

We also want to congratulate Melvin on being selected to speak at the International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS) in DC ( IBGS will be held Sept 1, 2 & 3 in VA.

Click on the link to read Melvin’s blog and see his bio.

Melvin has been an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute ( My message to Melvin-“keep em’ coming”.

About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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