Genealogy Adventures

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…

A mystery solved: How Black Roanes came to be in Iowa

An unexpected find has lead to a bit of an exciting discovery.  I literally stumbled across…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 4

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

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 3

A question solved – many other questions raised. Finding my great-great-great Grandfather George Henry Roane’s lost…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 2

Scanning the Census Records: The Roanes of Essex County, VA (1870) So picking up where I…

Digging deeper with Census Records: Part 1

Regardless of your race, if your ancestors arrived in the US and settled in a rural…

Descendants of John Adam Sheffey & Jemimah

Another family tree that I should have updated ages ago. As you’ll see, there’s still a…

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…