Geniebug’s Tips for Success Researching

Starting any new project has it's difficult moments.  Also, if you have been doing genealogy for a while, you might have overlooked an important fact that will solve a dead end.

I was interviewed for the only professional genealogist magazine in world. It's out of Boston so I thought it was great to get a Montana person included.  They do eight profiles a year.  It was published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly March 2014.


Hello my name Sylvia Murray and I would like to tell you a little about myself. First I am a Accredited Genealogist Emeritus. I belong to the following organizations; Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, ICAPGen, Sons of Norway, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Fort Assiniboine Genealogy Society, American-French Genealogical Society, and a Godfrey Scholar. 

I have performed research for 47 years and taught Genealogy college level for 39 years.  As a lecturer at seminars and work shops, I have presented topics ranging from Colonization by Railroad to Women of the West, Homesteaders, School Marms, and Soiled Doves to beginners classes on techniques and record location to using the internet to further your family lines. My lectures were often on subjects requested by the local society or group. 

I enjoy motivating and solving dead ends for individuals.  I am a Director/Consultant (now called Family History and Temple Consultant) and trainer for Family History Centers since 1983. I have worked as genealogy book seller and presenter for AGLL in Texas and Oklahoma.  I have written a column for genealogy societies called “Searching With Sylvia” and authored “Researching With The Geniebug”. 

I am constantly expanding and updating my research and knowledge skills in the genealogy field by attending classes and seminars, and by studying publications, and newsletters. 

Whenever possible I like to document families lives by taking pictures of the farm, house, church, cemetery, and other items connected to the individual’s family tree. 

My love of the past comes from growing on a farm with my grandparents.  Their stories of immigration and heritage will always inspire me to help others find their families.


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