Genealogy Adventures

Why diversity matters for online genealogy service providers

Diversity. It’s a word that packs one heck of a punch. It has the power to…

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…

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

Tracing slave ownership for the Scots-Irish Roane family of Virginia

My thanks to my cousin Lewis S – who has so kindly shared slave-related documents with…

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…

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…

Getting to grips with the 1850 & 1860 Slave Schedule census – Part 2

What’s the detective work when searching for your ancestors in the Slave Schedules? A bit of…

Getting to grips with the 1850 & 1860 Slave Schedule census – Part 1

If you’re an African American, the chances are you will come up against Slave Schedule census…

Taking those first few steps

Every adventure begins with the first step.  I’d taken mine when I’d started tinkering around with…