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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. 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

It’s time for the 2017 National Genealogical Society Conference, Raleigh, NC.

  What do you know about the National Genealogical Society, aka “NGS”? https://www.ngsgenealogy.org. It is time to check out who they are and what they do. It is a membership organization. They have history similar to the Daughter’s of the American … Continue reading

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Connections are everywhere!

I enjoy meeting people and attending fabulous events in a community, especially in the Charlottesville community. It is rich with history and it tells its own story everyday. Annually there is the Virginia Festival of the Book (http://vabook.org). It is … Continue reading

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Witnesses-what do you do?

Originally posted on bullying in the workplace :
I recently presented on the witness’s perspective of bullying in the workplace at a conference at Shippensburg University, PA. The National Workplace Bullying Coalition hosted the event called “#Dignity15, Restoring and Protecting Dignity at…

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Who should we really be talking about regarding the Slave Trade?

This will be short and sweet. I am asking those of you who conduct African and African American slave research a couple of questions. Question 1: Is there a country that did not involved themselves in the slave trade? Question … Continue reading

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rootstech: Check your Spiritual DNA

Originally posted on Working My Lines:
reporting from #ROOTStech2017 Woke up on the 3rd Day of #ROOTStech conferencing, WHIPPED from all of the frenzy of information as the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center is huge, boasting “515,000 square feet (47,800…

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Horses have names!

My 3rd great grandfather is Lawson Goings/Goins/Goens. He was born in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1807 to Joseph and Nancy (Windsor) Goings. Lawson died 12 July 1874 in Clarke County, Virginia. He and his wife Sarah (Hart) lived and raised … Continue reading

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SO WHAT Mr. Luke Goins-I have your Certificate of Freedom, now what?

It’s difficult if you don’t know the laws of the area you are researching when conducting genealogical research. At the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) instructor Judy G. Russell (aka the Legal Genealogist) walks students through the public law … Continue reading

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