Genealogy Adventures

Martha Ann Fowler Hill: Smashing genealogy walls with the correct maiden name

Martha Fowler Hill is an important linchpin in my black Wythe Sheffey family story in the…

When writing about an ancestor ‘outs’ their race: can there ever be an etiquette for this?

I’m sitting on the horns of dilemma. As you’d suspect, it’s not a comfortable place to…

DNA traces origins of 17th century African slaves › News in Science (ABC Science)

The 17th century bones of three African slaves have been traced to their countries of origin…

Legislating Slavery in Virginia: Understanding William Henry Roane

Having ancestors who were state and national representatives is a blessing. The main blessing is that…

Putting the ‘American’ into ‘African American’

Note: 29 Dec 2014. I’ve received a staggering number of requests to re-publish this old post…

Finding Jefferson Crockett Sheffey – a surprising link to Hampton University

My cousin Fontaine and I have spent the past four years trying to track down our…

Tobias Roane: The Dark Side of Emancipation

As I mentioned in my previous post George Henry Roane: the new Freedmen’s Bureau databases on FamilySearch…

George Henry Roane: the new Freedmen’s Bureau databases on FamilySearch are incredible research tools

UPDATED: 15 July 2015.  Thanks to a distant cousin, whom I’ll refer to as Mia, more…

A chat with my dad about being one of the first black USN weapons officers

This post follows on from yesterday’s post, Joseph Sheffey – one of the first African American…

Joseph Sheffey – one of the first African American weapons officers in the US Navy

My father has always been something of a trailblazer. While I’ve never taken this for granted,…