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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

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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You never know what you will find under a tree!

Originally posted on familytreegirldotcom:
Genealogist at any level will follow the basic steps to locate information. Our goal is to find information or leads that document our ancestor’s life. There is a need to talk to family and others in…

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Ambrose Cureton…I am coming for you! Pt. 1

As we know when you are getting started or refreshing your research you have to stick to the basics of genealogy research. I am sure this line will take me past 1870. It’s going to be a challenge since I … Continue reading

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It’s really hard to believe! Struggling with African American Ancestry Research.

Why am I still doing genealogy research? Just a few thoughts have popped into my head. As a researcher sometimes I struggle with some of the facts/evidence I find. It forces me to come to terms with what I think … Continue reading

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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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