Central Virginia

Bio: 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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5 Responses to About

  1. KTC says:

    Good morning, Shelley. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I look forward to reading each and every one of your genealogical posts. You certainly have some fascinating kin!

  2. Katherine e. Slaughter says:

    Hi Shelley. Id love to talk with you sometime about a research issue and share info.

    Let me know when you might be available. I assume you have my email from below.

    Kay Slaughter

  3. Jean M Bohnhoff says:

    Cheri Hudson Passey suggested that I contact you. I just watched a video about 1619 and I am in tears. My 4th Great Grandfather was Samuel H Goin, 1801 to 1885.
    My 5th Great Grandfather is Jordan D Gowen/Goin, 1780 to 1854. 6th GG William Goin 1750-1815. I had a DNA test done and found a cousin. Her name is Cheryl She has been doing genealogy for 30 years. She sent me this video and says we are related to the 1619 20 and odd.. In my DNA, I am 0.5% Angolan and Congolese. Cheryl also said we have a cousin, Kathryn Knight who wrote the book “Unveiled The 20 and Odd”. Could this possibly be true that I am a descendant of the 20 and odd?
    Jean B

  4. Katherine Wendt says:

    Do you know of any researchers who tweet about their enslaved ancestors from South Carolina? I would be interested in following their work.

    • Yes, I would do a search for South Carolina pages on FB, Just Ask is one. Also find the researchers who research African American’s and follow their pages. Cheri Hudson Passey is one.

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