Joseph Shumway

Joseph Shumway is a Senior Genealogist with Ancestry's professional research team, ProGenealogists--having joined the company in 2007. Joseph discovered the thrill of genealogy at age twelve. At age fourteen he began volunteering at his local Family History Center and by age sixteen he found himself teaching classes and giving lectures on various genealogical topics. While in high school, Joseph oversaw and directed a project involving the compilation of local cemetery records. He was later honored by the Wyoming State Historical Society and was presented the Young Historian of the Year Award for his efforts. Joseph served as a British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah for a time. He is also a member of the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild (GSG) and several other genealogical societies and associations. He has served as both President and Vice-President for the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and was on the Board of Commissioners for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). In 2007 he obtained his AG (Accredited Genealogist) credential. Read more about Joseph's background at

African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865

Posted by Joseph Shumway on February 28, 2014 in Research

Tracing African American genealogies has many challenges. However, I find it one of the most rewarding areas of family history research in my work as a professional genealogist. The greatest challenge obviously comes when an ancestor is traced back to the time of slavery. While there are many different methodologies that can be used to Read More