MAAGI 2017, Ft. Wayne, In.

The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)  2017 planning is underway. We will be at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne Indiana. You have an opportunity to pre-register. You can visit the MAAGI Facebook page and obtain the pre-registration form. This is a great opportunity to reserve your spot. You know the drill, three days, 12 classes! This is not a genealogy conference, we are a teaching institute, you will have to do some work and homework. (LOL) If you want to keep up with MAAGI, follow us on Twitter @MAAGIInstitute and Facebook. Here is the link to the Facebook page:

Highlights from 2016 are seen below. We held a DNA track for the first time with instructors Bernice Bennett, Shannon Christmas, Judy Russell, and Nicka Smith. Oh my goodness they  had to close registration, that class kept filling up. A few folks were not happy because we capped it. So if you are considering attending the DNA Track,  I would suggest that you pre-register, the size of the class is limited. We like the smaller classroom sizes because it creates a better learning environment and interaction. Track 1 was very active and had lots of energy, same as the Writing Track and Pre and Post Slavery. Hey a highlight for 2017, if you are considering the Writing Track, Ms. Beverly Jenkins will be aboard teaching a couple sessions. To learn more about Beverly Jenkins visit her webpage at:

Here are some highlights from 2016. The bottom photo with the Coordinators was at 2016 Rootstech, we are talking about MAAGI 2016. By the way all of the MAAGI Coordinator will be speaking at 2017 Rootstech, and Ms. Nicka Smith as well. She is one of our instructors for MAAGI 2016. Visit our website as well:  (

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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