Genealogy Adventures

Hugh White Sheffey: a study in Northern ideals & Southern sensibilities

Hugh White Sheffey was a name I already knew and had become somewhat familiar with in…

John Fairman Preston: A missionary’s life in Pinterest Pins

OK, so I was curious to see just how far I could push Pinterest as a…

A tale of two Scheffe/Sheffey families in America: Northern vs Southern customs

There are some definite benefits in tracing a family line from its earliest starting point down…

Family history is history in microcosm: The Agné / Ankney Family

This past week has seen me (pleasantly) hijacked by some of the ladies in the Sheffey…

White & African American Ward – Sheffey family links in Speedwell, Wythe Co., VA

When researching my African American Sheffey family relations in Wythe County, VA, I’ve continued to find…

Family mystery: African American Wards of Wythe County, VA. (republished with an update)

Post updated 15 December 2013 update follows at the bottom of this post This is a…

Mapping my maternal mtDNA and paternal Y-DNA

Well, the results of my Dad’s mtDNA (his maternal mtDNA) test came through a short while…

Love and lynching in Wytheville: Raymond Arthur Byrd

Hands down, this is the most painful and challenging post I’ve written. If you’re easily upset,…

Family marriages in the Reconstruction Era

I’ve been blessed with an ability to see and recognize patterns, trends and inter-relationships hidden within…

Getting closer to the ancestors: Marriage Certificates

There are times when serendipity serves up a little something that’s extra special. An old marriage…