An Interview With Melissa Barker, AKA The Archive Lady

Our host, Cheri, and panel talk with Melissa Barker about her job in the archives.

Meet the Panel:

Shelley Murphy - FamilyTreeGirl

Special Guests:

Melissa Barker aka The Archive Lady - A Genealogist in the Archives

Some of the discussion went into the personal archives of our panel. Shelley has shared some pictures of the doll she discussed, as well as a marriage certificate. Thanks Shelley for letting our readers peek into your archives.

Doll Shelley was given at the age of 10.

Picture of the same dolls leg taped together after being smashed by a hammer.

Shelley's collection of dolls in outfits crocheted by her Mother.

Marriage certificate discussed by Shelley.



We hope you enjoy!


About Terri O'Connell

Terri O’Connell is a professional genealogist in the Chicago area, focusing on Midwestern United States Genealogy, with a main focus in Illinois and a special interest in Irish research. She is also the owner of Cruise Planners – O’Connell Cruise and Travel (, a full service travel company. Their mission is to encompass the full family: vacations, reunions, and history travel. Terri is a travel enthusiast with a passion for genealogy and enjoys bringing the two together to assist her clients in their travel needs. You can find Terri online at, or you can find her at for all things genealogy. Terri is the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist.

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