Genealogy Adventures

Black History Month: Sheffey family firsts

In the spirit of Black History month, I thought I’d share some African American firsts from…

Forgotten American Black Jockeys: Joseph Sheffey

Both of my grandfathers were talented horsemen. I like to think I inherited a talent for…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Roanes of Charles City County, VA

Some of my more interesting genealogy and historical detours come out the blue. More than a…

Free blacks in Virginia: A reader’s comment

I received such an excellent comment to my “Free blacks in Virginia: The Drew Family” post….that I…

Beyond the pale: Interracial Relations in Colonial America

A tale of gender double standards When genealogy decides to throw me a curve ball, it doesn’t hold…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Drew Family

Throughout my research, I’ve wondered why none of my father’s ancestors had been freed before the…

Crockett Sheffey – Buffalo Soldier Part II

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

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…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 2

Scanning the Census Records: The Roanes of Essex County, VA (1870) So picking up where I…