Meryl Schumacker, CG®

Behind We Go Way Back LLC is Meryl Schumacker, an award-winning, Board-certified genealogist in New York City. Meryl's work focuses on New York City and Westchester County families from the 17th-20th centuries. She also researches, speaks, and writes about Jewish genealogy, African-American genealogy, genetic genealogy (DNA), and "off the beaten path" collections.

Meryl earned the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Certified Genealogist® credential in 2018. She completed continuing education through Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). In 2017, Meryl received the Young Professional Scholarship from the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Scholarship from the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She also received the Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize in recognition of her work at IGHR.

Meryl is an alumna of Carleton College. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B).

Follow Meryl on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and her blog. Check out Talks & Text for a list of lecture topics and past publications. To make an appointment with Meryl for one-on-one assistance with your family history research, schedule online via her e-booking site.


The words Certified Genealogist and its acronym, CG, are registered certification marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations. Meryl Schumacker is Board-certified genealogist no. 1104.