Heather Murphy,
Professional Genealogist

Heather Murphy


I have been involved in family history research for more than 20 years. I began as a teenager by taking my Sunday School teacher's typewritten family group records and entering the data into a computer program for her. I wrote about my ancestors for history classes and helped extract data from ship manifests. I grew to love looking at history through the personal lens of family.

Combining my love of history and family, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA degree in Family History - Genealogy. The majority of my experience is in 19th and 20th century United States research and I also have experience in Mexico and England. I enjoy lecturing and teaching classes on a variety of topics. I have volunteered at Family History Centers, taught a Personal Ancestral File Users Group, lectured at local family history conferences, and taught classes. 

I currently volunteer as Web Manager for Washington State Genealogical Society, Social Media Manager for Tri-City Genealogical Society, and Washington State Chapter Head for Virtual Genealogical Association.  I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and several local and state societies.