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…

Martha Ann Fowler Hill: Smashing genealogy walls with the correct maiden name

Martha Fowler Hill is an important linchpin in my black Wythe Sheffey family story in the…

How genealogy got me watching historical drama on TV

Yes, it’s true, genealogy has subtly altered some of my television viewing habits. Historical drama isn’t…

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…

Finding Jefferson Crockett Sheffey – a surprising link to Hampton University

My cousin Fontaine and I have spent the past four years trying to track down our…

John Newton Sheffey: Scandalous adultery in 1860s Wytheville

This isn’t the funny story I promised in my previous post. That one involved Stuart Sheffey…

Ancestry.com DNA test answers one fundamental question

In my previous post Using the right DNA testing tool to answer the right ancestry question…

A chat with my dad about being one of the first black USN weapons officers

This post follows on from yesterday’s post, Joseph Sheffey – one of the first African American…

Joseph Sheffey – one of the first African American weapons officers in the US Navy

My father has always been something of a trailblazer. While I’ve never taken this for granted,…

50 Years a slave: Rachel Findley’s story continues to receive media coverage

Journalist Catherine Komp at Radio station 88.9 WCVE in Virginia, an NPR affiliate, did a short…