Family stories: Daniel Sheffey (1884 – 1968)

This family history was sent to me by Toni, a cousin through marriage. It is an…

The Sheffey Family Tree Part 2: Godfrey Taylor Sheffey

This family tree is an example of one of the “orphan” branches I’ve been trying to…

The Roane Family Tree: Virginia

I’m posting the Roane Family Tree for the African American side of the family. I would…

The Turner Family Tree: Maryland

I’m posting the Turner Family Tree for the African American side of the family.  I would…

The Roanes & The Sheffey: 2 prominent Virginian families

Publications like The William and Mary Quarterly offer brilliant insights into the prominent families of Virginia. …

A 1920s Diaspora

One of my abilities, something I have developed during the course of my professional life is…

Genealogy adventures: sifting family facts from myth

One of the earliest myths around the Sheffey name that I can remember is that the…

Crockett Sheffey – Buffalo Soldier

One of the more intriguing family stories to emerge from my research is that of my…

Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb.

The Library of Virginia has an extensive digital collection.  This is a collection of documents that…

Getting the best out the free version of Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is a great service.  It is undeniably expensive to join.  The good news is that…