Tree Shakers Research

The Shakers

Donna Cusumano


Donna holds a degree in Communication and Writing from Maryville University of St. Louis, graduating magna cum laude in 2004, and earning the Award for Excellence in Communication.

Her passion to know more about her own family history led Donna to discover and prove lineage to her patriot ancestors, gaining her membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. She has most recently gained entrance into the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Missouri through her direct lineage to George Soule.

Donna is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society and is working toward certification by the Board for the Certification of Genealogists. She also is a member of several Midwestern historical societies.

She lives in St. Louis County, Missouri with her husband Dr. Stephen Cusumano. They have two grown sons and enjoy interacting with many friends and family.


Sandy Allen


Sandy is a writer and researcher, and recently retired from teaching. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from Stephen F. Austin University and a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University, as well as legal assistant certification from Tyler Junior College.

Her honed skills of meticulous scrutiny in the archives and dedication to deliver quality service to her clients places her among the top researchers in archival information. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is currently pursuing certification from the Board for the Certification of Genealogists.

Sandy currently resides in East Texas with her husband of over 40 years. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.