Genealogy Adventures

…the one about getting the “Charles ‘The Immigrant’ Roane” Book re-published

A staggering number of Roanes, black and white, have been in touch through this blog as…

A tale of two Emily Petersons (Edgefield County, SC)

This is a classic example of a genealogy conundrum I’m faced with.  I’m searching for more…

Genealogy challenges: Part 3 – The White family of Pulaski County, Virginia

I was elated when I could finally provide my father’s maternal grandmother, Jane, with a surname. …

Genealogy challenges: Part 2 – The Turners of Charles County, Maryland

My Turner lineage has been one of the most difficult and troublesome to trace. Of the…

Genealogy challenges: Part 1 – General overview

The vast majority of my posts have been about successes in tracing my ancestors and their…

Death Records: a bit grim but worth accessing

Ok, in Western societies, death is a taboo subject. We don’t like it and we don’t…

Southern African-American 19th Century naming conventions

Understanding 19th and early 20th Century naming conventions – the structure and method of naming children…

Mystery#1: Getting to grips with James Mitchell Zachariah Sheffey [Mitchell Sheffey]

James Mitchell Zachariah Sheffey, Dicey Brock, Jersey (or Judy) Clark, Emily Cook, Martha Ann Hill and…

James Zachariah Mitchell Sheffey [Mitchell Sheffey] family tree

Wythe County, Virginia You can view this full screen by clicking the full screen options (the…

What’s in a maiden name? When cousins marry

In my previous post I covered the importance of accurately recording maiden names.  And this post…