Genealogy Adventures

Isaiah Francis Grubb & Melinda Straw: a tale of love across 19th Century colour lines

I’ve been spending some time researching my distant Sheffey relations in Wythe County, Virginia. Specifically, I’ve…

When writing about an ancestor ‘outs’ their race: can there ever be an etiquette for this?

I’m sitting on the horns of dilemma. As you’d suspect, it’s not a comfortable place to…

DNA traces origins of 17th century African slaves › News in Science (ABC Science)

The 17th century bones of three African slaves have been traced to their countries of origin…

Putting the ‘American’ into ‘African American’

Note: 29 Dec 2014. I’ve received a staggering number of requests to re-publish this old post…

The forgotten complexity & diversity of European genetic admixtures

In genealogy it’s always a good practice to re-visit the various records collected and compiled. The…

Friday humour: Being a (brown skinned) Englishman in Boston

Funny how a song can prompt a thought-stream. I just caught Sting’s An Englishman in New…

The online etiquette of meeting newly discovered relations from different ethnic groups

So you take a DNA test. And you discover that you have fairly close relations of…

New YouTube Playlist: DNA Adventures – the story of us

I’ve been carefully curating videos on YouTube that covers the story of humankind’s most epic journey…

Nicholas Wade’s CNN GPS interview: Old phrenology in new clothes?

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a level-headed person – what my Dad’s…

The Concepts of Race vs Culture Pt 2: Culture

In my previous post, The Concepts of Race vs Culture Pt 1: Race  http://genealogyadventures.net/2014/02/20/the-concepts-of-race-vs-culture-pt-1-race/ I touched…