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 is a Senior Genealogist at ProGenealogists, the official research firm of Ancestry.com. Prior to joining ProGenealogists, Joseph operated his own research business. Joseph has served as a British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and 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. In 2007, he obtained his Accredited Genealogist credential.
Joseph is an active lecturer and speaks at many regional and national conferences. He has also made multiple television appearances on such shows as CBS This Morning, CNN’s Starting Point 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
Italy / Italian Dual-Citizenship
Probate and Missing Heirs
Joseph B. Shumway is accredited for research in England.
324 S. State St., Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111