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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

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
The following announcement was written by the folks at the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society: At the 2017 NGS Conference in the States, held in Raleigh, North Carolina in May, the National Genealogy…

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People of Color Genealogy Research, can it be done at the DAR Library?

Originally posted on familytreegirldotcom:
Who is DAR? It is the National Society of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, known as DAR. It is a lineage society and membership is open to any female 18 years and older regardless of…

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It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
It is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups! Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier…

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I have something to say about “Taking the Knee”

Let’s get this straight for those of you (my friends and family, fellow Americans) who do not understand and have chosen to call “taking the knee” something that is it not. I am a proud and a patriotic American. My … Continue reading

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Advice to White Supremacists: You Might Not Want to Test Your DNA

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
UPDATE: This news story is mushrooming. The original news article listed in the article below has since been knocked offline, probably because thousands of people were accessing it simultaneously. However, dozens of…

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I am angry and hurt!

I really don’t have anymore words to say and just going to ramble. I pray to my ancestors to help me get thru the anger and hurt I am feeling about the recent events in my area. I really don’t like … Continue reading

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Ambrose Cureton Part 3-Let the Evidence Tell the Story!

Here we go. I have to admit there is no real steps that I am following its really about the evidence and having the ability to ask questions. The plan is to develop it and hope it helps others in … Continue reading

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