Genealogy Adventures

Confirming Jason Futrell of Rich Square, Northampton County, NC as my 4x great grandfather

The new suite of genealogical and DNA analytical tools from MyHeritage has literally knocked my ancestry…

Case Study Part 2: Attempting to break through Thomas “The Immigrant” Christian’s brick wall

This case study is a continuation from Research case study: My lost connection to Thomas “The…

Research case study: My lost connection to Thomas “The Immigrant” Christian of Charles City County, Virginia

If you have been a regular follower of my recent genealogy adventures, you will know the…

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…