Dr. Shelley Murphy

Dr. Murphy is serving as the Coordinator of Genealogy Education working directly for the Center of Family History by designing and implementing genealogy education programming for staff and the general public.

Her background spans with nonprofit and local government work focused primarily on real estate, affordable housing and fair housing discrimination issues. An avid genealogist for over 30 years, Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy, aka “familytreegirl,” was born and raised in Michigan, now living in central Virginia. She conducts genealogy workshops at local, state and national conferences. Murphy is known for her inspiring & interactive “SO WHAT” with genealogical research, along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures such as the use of Timelines. 

Murphy is a coordinator and instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) and serves on the Boards of the Library of Virginia, Albemarle Charlottesville and Fluvanna Historical Societies. Also, a Coordinator and Instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) and the Descendant Project Researcher for UVA researching the descendants of the enslaved laborers who built the University. She holds membership in AAHGS NGS, APG, DAR, and local genealogy groups. Dr. Murphy’s personal research focuses on Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia/West Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Dr. Murphy holds her Master’s degree in Organizational Management and the Doctorate Degree of Management in Organizational Leadership