Jennifer Shaffer Merry

Jennifer has always loved history. Growing up, she wanted to be Howard Carter, so she obtained her B.A. in classical archaeology. Another passion is family history research. Through this, she discovered a forgotten family cemetery in Ohio. That experience fired her passion for cemetery preservation and law, which led her to an M.A. in public history, with a thesis on both topics. She was the News Content Coordinator for the State of Arizona Research Library, helping researchers navigate Arizona’s vast collection of newspapers in print, microfilm and digital; until leaving to pursue her writing and education goals. She teaches courses on beginning genealogy research methods (including cemetery research) and non-fiction writing at ASU. Jennifer’s professional affiliations include: Pioneer’s Cemetery Association – member; and committee, Grave Marker Preservation Project since 2014; Arizona Chapter co-chair, Association for Gravestone Studies, est. 2016; Association for Gravestone Studies, member, since 2013; Presenter: Arizona Cemetery Preservation, AGS national conference, June 2015; Panel organizer and moderator – Cemetery Law, AGS national conference, June 2017; Maricopa County Justice Museum – board member, since April 2017, various committees; Daughters of the American Revolution, member since 2013; State American History Vice-Chair and Chapter Librarian; Chapter Chair, Historic Preservation and American History; Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, member since 2014; and various other genealogy associations.