Genealogy Adventures

Genealogy challenges: Part 3 – The White family of Pulaski County, Virginia

I was elated when I could finally provide my father’s maternal grandmother, Jane, with a surname. …

Genealogy challenges: Part 2 – The Turners of Charles County, Maryland

My Turner lineage has been one of the most difficult and troublesome to trace. Of the…

Genealogy challenges: Part 1 – General overview

The vast majority of my posts have been about successes in tracing my ancestors and their…

Death Records: a bit grim but worth accessing

Ok, in Western societies, death is a taboo subject. We don’t like it and we don’t…

Southern African-American 19th Century naming conventions

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

Mystery#1: Getting to grips with James Mitchell Zachariah Sheffey [Mitchell Sheffey]

James Mitchell Zachariah Sheffey, Dicey Brock, Jersey (or Judy) Clark, Emily Cook, Martha Ann Hill and…

James Zachariah Mitchell Sheffey [Mitchell Sheffey] family tree

Wythe County, Virginia You can view this full screen by clicking the full screen options (the…

What’s in a maiden name? When cousins marry

In my previous post I covered the importance of accurately recording maiden names.  And this post…

Recording names: Maiden names

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

Travels down the female line: de Berthelot / Bartelott / Barrtelott / Bartellot de Stopham family

Note dated 27/11/2013: An important update about Elizabeth Bartelott can be found here: “When the Genealogy…