Genealogy Adventures

DNA Results Part 2: The wild journey of my mtDNA

If my Y-DNA results (the DNA passed from father to son(s)) presented a few surprises, my…

Black History Month: Sheffey family firsts

In the spirit of Black History month, I thought I’d share some African American firsts from…

DNA Results Part 1: My Y DNA has been on quite a journey

I feel I owe American airport security a bit of an apology.  You see, I’m a…

Forgotten American Black Jockeys: Joseph Sheffey

Both of my grandfathers were talented horsemen. I like to think I inherited a talent for…

‘Turn your family history into a compelling story or book’ course (UK)

I’ve come across a 5-day course that looks absolutely brilliant.  For those of you who live…

“I’m white, your family is black. We can’t be related!”

“I’m white, your family is black.  We can’t be related.”  In the words of President Obama….Oh…

Oscar Josey & George Washington Josey of Rich Square, North Carolina: finding ancestors in books

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ddrLtJF9uHgC&lpg=PA25&dq=oscar%20josey%2C%20William%20Norwood%2C%20rich%20square%2C%20north%20carolina&pg=PA25&output=embed Finding the name of an ancestor or distant relation in a publication never ceases to…

Throwing the gates open: marriages between the Roane & Holmes families

Following on from the previous post, here’s an example of the frequency of marriages between the…

Throwing the gates open: Doing a broad family name search on ancestry websites

Most of my family research activity is quite specific. I tend to spend a great deal…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 4

Recognising family groups As mentioned previously ( Post: What’s in a maiden name), marriage records are…