Genealogy Adventures

Crockett Sheffey – Buffalo Soldier Part II

This is a follow-up to the original post about my great-uncle Crockett Sheffey, which is available…

“I’m white, your family is black. We can’t be related!”

“I’m white, your family is black.  We can’t be related.”  In the words of President Obama….Oh…

Fazewell / Fazwell / Tazwell Sheffey’s correct name

Census records can be a real bugbear for anyone researching their family tree.  It’s even more…

Oscar Josey & George Washington Josey of Rich Square, North Carolina: finding ancestors in books

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ddrLtJF9uHgC&lpg=PA25&dq=oscar%20josey%2C%20William%20Norwood%2C%20rich%20square%2C%20north%20carolina&pg=PA25&output=embed Finding the name of an ancestor or distant relation in a publication never ceases to…

Passing for white: ancestors who jumped the colour line

It’s that time in the university academic calendar where my schedule has been hijacked by a…

Throwing the gates open: marriages between the Roane & Holmes families

Following on from the previous post, here’s an example of the frequency of marriages between the…

Throwing the gates open: Doing a broad family name search on ancestry websites

Most of my family research activity is quite specific. I tend to spend a great deal…

A mystery solved: How Black Roanes came to be in Iowa

An unexpected find has lead to a bit of an exciting discovery.  I literally stumbled across…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 4

Recognising family groups As mentioned previously ( Post: What’s in a maiden name), marriage records are…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 3

A question solved – many other questions raised. Finding my great-great-great Grandfather George Henry Roane’s lost…