Genealogy Adventures

50 Years a slave: Rachel Findley’s story continues to receive media coverage

Journalist Catherine Komp at Radio station 88.9 WCVE in Virginia, an NPR affiliate, did a short…

The true value of the NAACP’s archive – is it just for historians? What about family historians and educators as well?

One of the national archives I would love to delve into online belongs to the NAACP.…

The indenture of former slaves in the early Reconstruction Era

I have been blessed to have found a wealth of American and European family history information…

Melvin Harrison Schools: Early GI Bill recipient

There are many reasons why I decided to share stories from the various branches of my…

An exciting discovery: Lewis Matthews/Mathis (Edgefield, SC)

There are times when the cosmos seems to open wide and drops a family history nugget…

Love and lynching in Wytheville: Raymond Arthur Byrd

Hands down, this is the most painful and challenging post I’ve written. If you’re easily upset,…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Giddings / Giddens family of Northampton County, VA

When I stumbled across the marriage certificate for Louis Roane (1848 – 1912, Gloucester County, VA)…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Roanes of St George’s Parish, Accomack, VA

With thanks to Mr D via Ancestry.com, I’ve spent some time in the family history rabbit…

Family marriages in the Reconstruction Era

I’ve been blessed with an ability to see and recognize patterns, trends and inter-relationships hidden within…

Getting closer to the ancestors: Marriage Certificates

There are times when serendipity serves up a little something that’s extra special. An old marriage…