The Roane Family Tree: Virginia

I’m posting the Roane Family Tree for the African American side of the family. I would…

The Turner Family Tree: Maryland

I’m posting the Turner Family Tree for the African American side of the family.  I would…

The Roanes & The Sheffey: 2 prominent Virginian families

Publications like The William and Mary Quarterly offer brilliant insights into the prominent families of Virginia. …

A 1920s Diaspora

One of my abilities, something I have developed during the course of my professional life is…

Apologies!

My apologies for taking a bit of a hiatus.  Marking  60+ MA student dissertations took over…

““Does it bother you your ancestors were slaves”?” – A truth I did not expect to find

Since I began this journey into my family’s history, my family and friends find it an…

Genealogy adventures: sifting family facts from myth

One of the earliest myths around the Sheffey name that I can remember is that the…

What’s in a name #2: Getting to grips with the misspelling of names

There is another fun aspect of searching for your ancestors in historical records: the misspelling of…

What’s in a name #1: abbreviations & nicknames

Abbreviated first names one of the things to get to grips with when searching online census,…