Jersey Roots Genealogy was founded by professional genealogist, Michelle Chubenko, who has over 27 years experience in researching families in New Jersey, Maryland, southwest Virginia, and Oklahoma/Indian Territory, and countries in Europe including Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Austria and Germany. 

Chubenko was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (season one) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode, which aired in April 2010.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations.   In 2013, she became the co-coordinator for the Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center’s Nashi Predky Family History Group and has served as a Commissioner on the Middlesex County Heritage & Cultural Commission since 2011. 

Michelle has also served as a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Education Chairperson for the Monmouth County Genealogy Society, and is a founding member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has attended Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and a ProGen17 graduate.

In October 2016, she joined Legacy Tree Genealogists as a Researcher.  For assistance with solving your challenging research problems and complex lineage projects, we recommend you visit their website for more details. 

Michelle has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, county, state and national level (FGS 2008/Philadelphia) and also via online chat sessions.  She will continue to present lectures at genealogy conferences.  See her calendar of Upcoming Presentations.  Follow her blog at JerseyRootsGenealogy:  A Garden State Journey in Genealogy for the latest news in NJ genealogy.

Michelle Tucker Chubenko

Our commitment to you includes continual professional development...


  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

    • Intermediate Genealogy - July 2012

    • Your Immigrant Ancestor's Stories: Writing a Quality Narrative - July 2013

    • Determining Your Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard - July 2014

    • Advanced Genealogical Methods - July 2015

    • Practical Genetic Genealogy - July 2017

  • Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR)

    • The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them - June 2013

  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)

    • Researching in Eastern Europe - January 2014

  • National Genealogical Society

    • National Conference attendee - May 1999; May 2003; June 2005

    • "Introduction to Genealogy: An Online Course" - February 2002

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies

    • National Conference attendee - September 2003; August 2006; August 2007; September 2008

  • National Institute for Genealogical Studies

    • Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started

    • Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding

    • US: Land Records

    • US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using The Records

    • Electronic Resources: Using The Internet

    • US: Religious Records - Part 1

    • Research from Family History Centers to New FamilySearch

    • US: Census Records

    • Genetics and Genealogy

    • Professional Preparation and Practice

  • Brigham Young University Independent Study:

    • Native American Research: Basic Records and Research Skills - March 2002

    • Native American Research: Native American Record Keeping - March 2002

  • Association of Professional Genealogists

  • National Genealogical Society

  • Eastern European Genealogical Society

  • Genealogical Society of New Jersey [Trustee 2003-2008]

  • Polish Genealogical Society of America

  • Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut & the Northeast

  • Central Jersey Genealogy Club

  • Delaware & Lehigh Valleys Genealogy Club

  • Genealogical Society of Bergen County

  • Genealogical Society of the West Fields

  • Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society

  • Monmouth County Genealogy Society

  • Passaic County Historical Society

  • Warren County Historical Society

  • Sussex County Historical Society

  • Carteret Historical Committee [Appointed Member 1999-2003]

  • Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission [Commissioner 2011-present]

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