Genealogy Adventures

Why anglicizing immigrant ancestors’ names isn’t such a good idea.

If you live in a country that has been a popular destination for immigrants around the…

Fazewell / Fazwell / Tazwell Sheffey’s correct name

Census records can be a real bugbear for anyone researching their family tree.  It’s even more…

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 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…

A tale of two Emily Petersons (Edgefield County, SC)

This is a classic example of a genealogy conundrum I’m faced with.  I’m searching for more…

Recording names: Maiden names

One of the common challenges I come across in my family history research has to do…

What’s in a name #2: Getting to grips with the misspelling of names

There is another fun aspect of searching for your ancestors in historical records: the misspelling of…

What’s in a name #1: abbreviations & nicknames

Abbreviated first names one of the things to get to grips with when searching online census,…