Genealogy Adventures

Passing for white: ancestors who jumped the colour line

It’s that time in the university academic calendar where my schedule has been hijacked by a…

Southern African-American 19th Century naming conventions

Understanding 19th and early 20th Century naming conventions – the structure and method of naming children…

Recording names: Maiden names

One of the common challenges I come across in my family history research has to do…

What’s in a name #2: Getting to grips with the misspelling of names

There is another fun aspect of searching for your ancestors in historical records: the misspelling of…

What’s in a name #1: abbreviations & nicknames

Abbreviated first names one of the things to get to grips with when searching online census,…