Finding lost branches through obituaries

I’m a pretty active member on a number of family genealogy Facebook groups. These groups continue…

The mystery of Henry West (1608-1647)

Genealogy requires rather a substantial amount of critical thinking and deductive reasoning. This is especially true…

How to Compare Unrelated People on AncestryDNA

This article from the DNA Genealogy blog absolutely rocks!! I’ve tried this exercise out, taking it for…

Genetic Genealogy: Parental Phasing Explained

The wonderful DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog has been posting a series of excellent articles on…

My 18th Century Virginia Ball family genealogy challenge

The time has come for me to grapple with my 18th Century Virginia Ball family ancestors.…

Jemimah Sheffey – figuring out family relationships via census records

Sometimes, unexplained inspirations are sometimes the sources of great breakthroughs. If I’ve learned anything through this…

Navigating Wills and Probate Records on Ancestry.com

These records are a goldmine of information. On the one hand, they can prove family relationships.…

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…

Family bibles can unlock some great family history gems

Facebook kindly notified me that a distant cousin of mine, Henry J, had posted some items…

When ancestral documentation trumps belief: The Harling-Harlan-Harland family

This post could almost be a companion piece to my post When the genealogy mistakes of…