Heather Murphy,
Professional Genealogist

By: Heather | February 08, 2019

Last year, my husband started a home renovation project to finish our basement.  He had little experience with carpentry and knew even less about electrical and plumbing work.  Wanting to complete the project on his own, he borrowed books from the library, watched multiple YouTube videos, and talked with experienced family members to learn how to complete the project and pass the city inspections.  As you might imagine, the project progressed slowly and has been ongoing for about a year.  He needed to spend time learning what to do, worked more slowly than someone with experience, and sometimes the project got put on hold while he attended to other things in his life.  In contrast, we decided to hire a company to in...

By: Heather | September 06, 2018

The theme of RootsTech 2018 was "Connect. Belong."  We are all connected to each other,  family trees and DNA give us connections far and wide.  My FamilySearch app had a long list of fellow attendees with whom I shared a common ancestor, I visited with a few people while waiting in lines, but I didn't leave the conference feeling I made connections.


In the last ten years I have felt genealogically isolated.  As a new mom who evolved into a homeschooling mom my time and energy allocations did not include getting involved with the local genealogical societies.  Last year I finally felt the time was right to venture out more outside my family.


The small genealogical society I joined was like many others, the m...