The Vault: The Art of Asking Questions With Dr. Shelley Murphy

What is so good about finding resources and documents about your ancestors and simply filing it away? You even do a happy dance celebrating your success for the finding. Most of the time we realize that we might have documents that are giving us leads to find more information. This session you will be on board the “SO WHAT train. This calls for us to consider having a “conversation with asking questions” to the documents in order to “analyze” the information. Choo choo!

C.R.E.W. Stan members have access the recording and the handout (attached).


About Dr. Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, is a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia. She’s  been an avid genealogist for over 25 years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. 

Shelley is a coordinator and faculty at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at a local community college and at state and national genealogy conferences. She 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 Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. 

She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership,  works as an adjunct professor for Averett University,  volunteers for the American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops, and is a former licensed Real Estate Broker.

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