Genealogy Adventures

Mapping my maternal mtDNA and paternal Y-DNA

Well, the results of my Dad’s mtDNA (his maternal mtDNA) test came through a short while…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Giddings / Giddens family of Northampton County, VA

When I stumbled across the marriage certificate for Louis Roane (1848 – 1912, Gloucester County, VA)…

Getting closer to the ancestors: Marriage Certificates

There are times when serendipity serves up a little something that’s extra special. An old marriage…

Peter Scheffe update (Herschberg, Germany)

This post is an update on my original post “Hitting the brick wall: Peter Schultheiss Scheffe…

Freedman’s Bank Records – an amazing research tool

For more information about Freedman’s Bank Records – and access them online, please visit FamilySearch.org: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Freedman’s_Bank_Registers_1865-1874_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

Hitting the brick wall: Peter Schultheiss Scheffe (Sudwestpfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

It’s inevitable.  When you’re researching your family you are going to hit a brick wall. Peter…

Y DNA Results Part 2: A DNA migration question solved

In my post DNA Results Part 1: My Y DNA has been on quite a journey http://genealogyadventures.net/2013/02/05/dna-results-part-1-my-y-DNA-has-been-on-quite-a-journey/…

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…