Joseph B. Shumway, AG
A native of Star Valley, Wyoming, 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 studied Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University and has also served as a volunteer British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is 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.
Joseph is an active lecturer and speaks at many regional and national conferences. He has also made multiple television appearences on such shows as CBS This Morning, CNN's Starting Point, The Jimmy Kimmel Show and "Who Do You Think You Are?" during its second, third and fourth seasons with actors Steve Buscemi, Blair Underwood and Christina Applegate. He has developed excellent problem solving and analytical skills and is gifted in solving difficult genealogical problems. He enjoys researching in practically any location; however, his primary areas of expertise include:
- United States Southern & Mid-Atlantic
- African American
- Native American
- Italy / Italian Dual-Citizenship
- Probate and Missing Heirs
- Immigration Problems
Joseph is married to his sweet wife, Arit, and has two beautiful daughters. In addition to genealogy, Joseph is an accomplished musician and has excelled in the piano, violin and vocal performance and spends time composing and arranging his own music. He performs regularly throughout the Intermountain West with his band, Kindle Creek. He also enjoys baseball, weight training, running, gardening and spending time with his family.
Joseph would be pleased to hear from you and offer you a free estimate regarding how he can help you with your genealogy research.
- African American Research from "It's a Family Reunion"
- CNN's Starting Point regarding President Obama's Slave Ancestry
- Joseph on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show"
- How an Expert Tackles a Problem
- Case Study: Emmitt Smith Research for "Who Do You Think You Are?"
- Case Study: Brooke Shields Research for "Who do you Think You Are?"
- Italian Dual-Citizenship
- Italian Record Sources
- Native American Research