Meryl Schumacker

Behind We Go Way Back LLC is Meryl Schumacker, a genealogist, writer, and speaker in New York City. She is also the staff genealogist at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Meryl's research focuses on families in New York City from the 18th-20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on research pre-1850. She also researches, speaks, and writes about Jewish genealogy, African-American genealogy, and "off the beaten path" collections.

She earned her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and completed continuing education at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia. 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 is also a recipient of the Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize.

Meryl is an alumna of Carleton College.  She began her career in the film and television industry, working for Sesame Street, Pixar Animation Studios, and writing for children's television shows.  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).

Check out Talks & Text for a list of lecture topics and past publications.

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