Genealogy Adventures

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,…

Crockett Sheffey – Buffalo Soldier

One of the more intriguing family stories to emerge from my research is that of my…

Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb.

The Library of Virginia has an extensive digital collection.  This is a collection of documents that…

Getting started with Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org

I use two online genealogy services: Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.  Each has its strengths and weaknesses.  I…

Getting the best out the free version of Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is a great service.  It is undeniably expensive to join.  The good news is that…