Genealogy Adventures

Mapping my YDNA flow in Africa

I’ve spent the past week and a bit looking more closely at the YDNA I inherited…

Me and the #MyColorfulGenealogy meme

Anyone with a nodding acquaintance with genealogy is probably aware of the meme sweeping social media:…

Mapping my father’s mtDNA to African tribes

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m a conceptual thinker. And few things aid my…

Demystifying Ancestry’s Relationship Predictions Inspires New Relationship Estimator Tool

We knew that you cannot draw or correlate any relationship inferences from either the total amount…

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 and 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…