Genealogy Adventures

Getting to grips with the USA 1866 Cohabitation Records (aka Register of Colored Persons)

This video covers the US 1866 Cohabitation Records. These records were produced by the Freedmen’s Bureau…

Free blacks of Virginia: Rhoda Sheffey (Lynchburg)

My foray into family history and genealogy initially began with researching my Sheffey ancestors.  Five years…

Daniel Henry Sheffey, Jr: An unsung hero of the Battle of Wytheville

The Sheffey clan produced a number of Civil War heroes. Captain John Preston Sheffey (who could…

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…