Genealogy Adventures

James Zachariah Mitchell Sheffey [Mitchell Sheffey] family tree

Wythe County, Virginia You can view this full screen by clicking the full screen options (the…

What’s in a maiden name? When cousins marry

In my previous post I covered the importance of accurately recording maiden names.  And this post…

Daniel Sheffey (1770 – 1830): US Congressman

Daniel Sheffey was a Representative from Virginia; born in Frederick, Frederick County, MD. in 1770. He…

Family stories: Daniel Sheffey (1884 – 1968)

This family history was sent to me by Toni, a cousin through marriage. It is an…

The Sheffey Family Tree Part 2: Godfrey Taylor Sheffey

This family tree is an example of one of the “orphan” branches I’ve been trying to…

The Roanes & The Sheffey: 2 prominent Virginian families

Publications like The William and Mary Quarterly offer brilliant insights into the prominent families of Virginia. …

A 1920s Diaspora

One of my abilities, something I have developed during the course of my professional life is…

Genealogy adventures: sifting family facts from myth

One of the earliest myths around the Sheffey name that I can remember is that the…

Crockett Sheffey – Buffalo Soldier

One of the more intriguing family stories to emerge from my research is that of my…

Pushing the clock back for your slave ancestors

Your search for African American ancestors needn’t end at 1860 or 1850.  Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have…