Genealogy Adventures

GA Live S02 E04: Lineage societies and poorly documented ancestors

Have you ever tried to join a Lineage or Heritage society just to be turned away…

Working with the 1773 and 1825 maps of Old Ninety Six, Edgefield, Abbeville, Newberry, and Barnwell, South Carolina

I have previously written about how maps can be an invaluable research tools in my  article…

GA Live S02 E02: Researching your female ancestors

Female ancestors are notoriously difficult to find. Once they get married, and you don’t know the…

GA Live S01 E10: Why Changing State and County Boundary Lines Matter

In this episode, co-hosts Brian Sheffey and Donya Williams – and special guest Loretta Bellamy –…

GA Live S01 E07: Critical Thinking and Genealogy Research

Genealogical research is filled with mysteries, conundrums, conflicting information, and dubious claims…which needs solving in some…

GA Live S01 E06: Ancestral Naming Conventions & Smashing Genealogy Brick Walls

There are times when we only have an ancestor’s name to work with in the course…

GA Live: S01 E02: Working with your DNA test results

In our second episode, co-hosts (and cousins!) Brian Sheffey and Donya Williams talk about: * The…

Newspapers.com, Boolean search strings, and finding lost post Civil War ancestral lines

I always enjoy genealogy research conference calls with my Edgefield-connected cousins Donya, Sheila, and Loretta. They…

Using military draft cards to find your kin during the post US Civil War migration periods

My Old Ninety-Six, South Carolina family was significantly impacted by three pulses of post 1865 migrations…

Endogamy: Or how an entire county can be related

Wikipedia defines endogamy as: …the practice of marrying within a specific social group, class or ethnic…