Genealogy Adventures

GA Live Special: Jewish Genealogy 101 with Rachel Silverman

While Season 3 of Genealogy Adventures starts in September, we have a few special episodes in…

GA Live S02 E02: Researching your female ancestors

Female ancestors are notoriously difficult to find. Once they get married, and you don’t know the…

Me, Virginia Historical Society’s ‘Unknown No Longer’ website…and a question answered

There is a growing wealth of information regarding enslaved people (EPs) in America for genealogists who…

Using church names and obits to find your ancestors in rural areas

When it comes to genealogical research, few places in America have challenged my grey matter like…

Genealogy challenge: Researching the 45 enslaved children of Moses Williams (Old Ninety-Six,  SC)

My cousin and research business partner, Donya, hit me me with a small newspaper clipping packed…

Genetic genealogy, DNA triangulation, and the search for my missing Futrell ancestor

When it comes to my genealogy adventures, more often than not, I feel like Sherlock Holmes…

Jemimah Sheffey – figuring out family relationships via census records

Sometimes, unexplained inspirations are sometimes the sources of great breakthroughs. If I’ve learned anything through this…

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…

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

In search of Leonard Wilson Roane (1874 –1912): death in the shipyard

I’ve been pretty fortunate tracing Leonard Wilson Roane, my paternal great grandfather’s, life through a rich…