Genealogy Adventures

Thousands of 1890 US Census Records Still Exist

Like many genealogists and family historians, I’ve found the lack of 1890 Census records to be…

Typical Actions in Probate of a Slaveholding Estate with David E. Paterson [podcast]

Podcast host Bernice Bennett and special guest David Paterson discuss the most fruitful probate records for slavery…

Navigating Wills & Probate Records on Ancestry.com

These records are a goldmine of information. On the one hand, they can prove family relationships.…

My working practice for my African American genealogy research

This post is a glimpse into my working practices when it comes to researching black ancestors…

African American Genealogy Research: Using the new Virginia Death Index & 1866 Cohabitation Records in Tandem

I’ve been doing what I call ‘deep research’ for my early to mid-19th Century black ancestors…

The benefits of using FamilySearch’s individual databases

It almost goes without saying that FamilySearch has a veritable cornucopia of free resources for genealogists…

Researching African-American Ancestors: A Cheat Sheet – The Root

An article from The Root with tips for tracing black ancestors before emancipation: Article link: http://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2015/05/researching_african_american_ancestors_a_cheat_sheet.html

A Little-Known Government Genealogy Service that is a Family History Goldmine

I will be the first to raise my hand and admit I never thought about accessing…

Family bibles can unlock some great family history gems

Facebook kindly notified me that a distant cousin of mine, Henry J, had posted some items…

Top tip video: Using FTDNA Chromosome Browser raw data + MS Excel for your rearch

So you’ve transferred your raw autosomal DNA data from Ancestry or 23andme to Family Tree DNA…