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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

Heirloom-52weeks 52Ancestors

I am trying to keep track of the challenge and I am slipping. This week I will acknowledge a family heirloom. My 2x grandfather-Ahira Harvey Worden was born on March 20, 1838, in Eaton, Michigan, his father, Parley Worden, was … Continue reading

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52Ancestors52Weeks Weird Names

Oh yes there are some interesting names in our ancestry. Typically, the odd ones in my tree are all on my mother’s paternal side. It’s the European’s all the way. My father’s side all seen to be “normal” and familiar. … Continue reading

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52Ancestors52Weeks, Census-Joseph Goings

As a genealogist new or experienced the Federal Population census is a go too document. From what I know and you can visit the United States Census Bureau website for more information. There are several reasons why the federal government … Continue reading

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An African-American Cemetery in Baltimore was Bulldozed

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the…

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52Ancestors52Weeks Week #4, Invitation to Dinner. Gathering of the Greats!

Holy moly! Well it won’t be a barbeque dinner but it will be a fabulous dinner at the familytreegirl’s round table. So here’s the menu designed by this genealogy professional. Menu for familytreegirl’s Round Table Dinner for 8! The Gathering … Continue reading

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My Aunt Lillian Murphy 52Ancestors 52Weeks-Longevity

As genealogist/family historian we always think of our eldest relative and what questions do we want to ask them. Well my father’s sister is our eldest relative on the Murphy side of the family. Aunt Lillian was born 20 December … Continue reading

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Meet Clara LaVina Marsh-Davis Week 2-Photos, #52ancestors

Okay its week two of this wonderful adventure developed by Amy Johnson Crow; 52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks. It simply means I will do something each week revolving around my ancestors. Let me introduce you to Clara LaVina (Marsh) Davis. The … Continue reading

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National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals for its 2019 Family History Conference

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society: ARLINGTON, VA, 2 JANUARY 2018—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has opened the call for proposals for its 2019 Family History Conference, effective…

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52 Ancestors 52 Weeks -#52Ancestors (AmyJohnsonCrow) One 2018 Goal!

Oh yes, I need to make one or two or several goals for 2018! We all need to consider the guidance of setting goals. There is alway a genealogy brick wall that needs to have some focus or taking a … Continue reading

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It’s time to get a genealogy buddy!

For 2018, we need some inspiration and some team work. Recently, I posted on Facebook about a genealogy challenge I was experiencing, which all of us have at least one (LOL, I know this is an understatement). I am looking … Continue reading

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